Recording information: Bay 7 Studios, Valley Village, CA; Capitol Studios, Hollywood, CA; Chateau Relaxeau, Malibu, CA; Conway Recording Studio, Los Angeles, CA; Fresh Kills West, Los Angeles, CA; Sound Factory Studios, Hollywood, CA; Sparky Dark Studio, Calabasas, CA; Sunset Sound, Hollywood, CA; The Gray Curtain Studio; Westlake Recordings Studios, Los Angeles, CA.
Photographer: Michael Muller.
A decade after Chris Daughtry came in fourth on the fifth season of American Idol, the singer's post-Idol band DAUGHTRY has amassed enough hits to create a hits collection, hence the 2016 release of It's Not Over: The Hits So Far. This 13-track collection doesn't contain every single DAUGHTRY track issued to radio -- the most conspicuous absences are "Outta My Head," "Start of Something Good," and "Battleships," all entries on the U.S. Adult Top 40 -- but it has all the big active rock hits, ranging from the Top 10s "It's Not Over" and "Home" to "Over You," "What About Now," "No Surprise," and the singalong "Long Live Rock & Roll." Two new songs -- the perfectly fine "Torches," which plays to DAUGHTRY's anthemic nature and "Go Down," a welcome left-field detour into disco where Chris Daughtry adopts a bit of a Bowie growl -- are added for the hardcore, but the appeal of It's Not Over is how it boils the band's four albums down to their familiar highlights. ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine