Break the Spell

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Break the Spell
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Studio album by
ReleasedNovember 21, 2011 (2011-11-21)
RecordedJuly–September 2011
  • Bay 7 Studios, Valley Village
  • Sparky Dark Studio, Calabasas, California
  • Sunset Sound, Hollywood, California
  • The Gray Curtain Studio [1]
Genre Post-grunge [1]
Producer Howard Benson
Daughtry chronology
Leave This Town: The B-Sides
Break the Spell
Singles from Break the Spell
  1. "Renegade"
    Released: September 27, 2011
  2. "Crawling Back to You"
    Released: October 4, 2011
  3. "Outta My Head"
    Released: March 13, 2012
  4. "Start of Something Good"
    Released: September 4, 2012
Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
Metacritic (62/100) [2]
Review scores
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Entertainment Weekly B [3]
Billboard 71% [4]
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Sputnikmusic Star full.svgStar full.svgStar full.svgStar empty.svgStar empty.svg [6]
NewsdayB- [7]
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Celebrity CafeStar full.svgStar full.svgStar full.svgStar full.svgStar full.svg [9]
The Boston Globe (Mixed) [10]
Artistdirect Star full.svgStar full.svgStar full.svgStar full.svgStar empty.svg [11]

Break the Spell is the third studio album by American rock band Daughtry, released on November 21, 2011, by RCA Records. [12] It is a follow-up to their platinum selling album Leave This Town in 2009. On December 15, the album was officially certified Gold. [13]



According to Chris Daughtry, the album is "more upbeat and positive lyrically" and also stated that the album sounds "nothing like the previous two". [14] Chris Daughtry wrote all of the songs with band guitarists Josh Steely and Brian Craddock, bassist Josh Paul, and in collaboration with Marti Frederiksen, Busbee and Brett James. [15] The album was produced by Howard Benson, who also produced their previous two albums.

Prior to the album's release, during the month of November, the tracks "Renegade", "Louder Than Ever" and "Outta My Head" were used by ESPN during some of their programming broadcasts. [16]

Daughtry's official website made a listening party for Break the Spell. [17]


Break the Spell opened at number 67 on the UK charts. On the Billboard 200, Break the Spell opened at #8 with sales of 129,000 [18]

"Start of Something Good" sold 10,000 singles. [19]


"Renegade" was released as the album's lead single and first rock single. It was released to rock stations on September 27, 2011, and made available for download on October 18, 2011.

"Crawling Back to You" was released at the first pop single from the album, second overall on October 4, 2011. It reached to number 6 on the US Adult Top 40 chart.

"Outta My Head" and "Start of Something Good" were released as the third and fourth singles off the album, respectively.

Track listing

The track listing was announced on October 6 through Daughtry's official site. [20]

2."Crawling Back to You"3:45
3."Outta My Head"
  • Daughtry
  • Frederiksen
4."Start of Something Good"
  • Daughtry
  • Elvio Fernandes
  • Greg Wiktorski
6."Break the Spell"
7."We're Not Gonna Fall"
8."Gone Too Soon"
  • Daughtry
  • busbee
9."Losing My Mind"
  • Daughtry
  • busbee
10."Rescue Me"
  • Daughtry
  • Josh Steely
11."Louder Than Ever"
  • Daughtry
  • James
  • Daughtry
  • Brian Craddock
Total length:43:45
Deluxe edition bonus tracks [20]
13."Who's They"Daughtry3:11
14."Maybe We're Already Gone"
  • Daughtry
  • Steely
  • Craddock
  • Paul
15."Everything But Me"
  • Daughtry
  • Steely
  • Craddock
  • Paul
Total length:55:29
Japan edition bonus tracks [20]
13."Who's They"Daughtry3:11
14."Maybe We're Already Gone"
  • Daughtry
  • Steely
  • Craddock
  • Paul
15."Everything But Me"
  • Daughtry
  • Steely
  • Craddock
  • Paul
17."Never Die"Daughtry3:26
Total length:58:55
Tour edition bonus DVD [21] [22]
1."Crawling Back to You" (music video)3:37
2."Outta My Head" (music video)3:24
3."Feels Like Tonight" (Live)4:47
4."Outta My Head" (Live)4:01
5."What About Now" (Live)5:05
6."Home" (Live Acoustic)6:37
7."Start Of Something Good" (Live)5:17


Credits adapted from album’s liner notes. [23]

Band members

Additional personnel

Charts and certifications

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