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No disaster, only success for Durbin's debut

By: Phillip Sayblack | WNCT
Published: February 10, 2012 Updated: February 10, 2012 - 10:14 AM

Good morning fans. I hope your weekend is off to a great start. One of my co-workers just got in and told me that traffic out there is miserable right now. So if you don't have to go out, don't. You can check out today's brand new edition of Reel Reviews to pass the time and avoid that traffic. In today's brand new edition of Reel Reviews, we've got more new stuff from the Reel Reviews music department in the form of former "American Idol" contestant James Durbin's debut album, "Memories of a Beautiful Disaster". This album has shown that Durbin's time on the show was no fluke, and that he's a real artist. That's in today's brand new edition of Reel Reviews.

Former "American Idol" contestant James Durbin is the real deal. If his stint on Fox's hit singing competition wasn't proof enough of that, then his debut album is. Having already gotten to sing with the likes of Judas Priest and Zakk Wylde, one could only wonder if Durbin could make it on his own after the show. Well, the resounding answer to that question is yes, after just one listen to his debut album, "Memories of a Beautiful Disaster".

"Memories of a Beautiful Disaster" opens with the fist pumping, adrenaline running 'Higher Than Heaven'. That track alone shows that Durbin's time on "AI" was no fluke. His vocals are just as strong as ever. And backed by famed drummer Josh Freese (A Perfect Circle), guitarists Phil X and Dylan Rosenberg, and bassist Paul Bushnell (Kelly Clarkson, Sugarland, Martina McBride, Gavin DeGraw, etc.), 'Higher Than Heaven' offers audiences a strong, impressive start to the record. Durbin keeps the pace up on the next song, 'All I Want'. It's an up-tempo piece about love gained, rather than love lost. Guitarist Phil X offers a great addition that really puts forward the positive feeling of Durbin's lyrics. It's not the only impressive piece on this opus, of course. He offers something light in the way of the tearjerker ballad, 'May'. And even those who want something that rocks, but not too heavy, there's the album's Nickelback-esque closer, 'Stand Up'. After the journey that Durbin takes his listeners through with this album, it's a perfect ending, as it'll doubtless leave listeners with a feeling that they've just experienced something very special. It's the kind of feeling that'll make audiences really want to see him live.

Of course music and lyrics only go so far for any musician(s). As impressive as Durbin and company are throughout this record, a certain amount of credit has to be offered to the team of Howard Benson (Motorhead, P.O.D., Creed, etc.), Mike Plotnikoff (Aerosmith, Yes, Santana, etc.), and Chris Lord-Alge. (Tina Turner, Joe Cocker, etc.) The combination of three of the music world's best behind the boards with some of the biggest name musicians backing Durbin makes "Memories of a Beautiful Disaster" a solid first effort from a man who has proven that he's no flash in the pan. And if this album is any indication, regardless of airplay, James Durbin is set to be one of the big names in the music community for the forseeable future.

According to his official website, http://www.durbinrock.com and his official Facebook page, https://www.facebook.com/DurbinRock, James doesn't have any concerts scheduled right now. But for those who want to keep up with all the latest can be in the know in the know about all of his latest news. Until his next tour, anyone who hasn't picked up "Memories of a Beautiful Disaster" will be really surprised if they give it a chance. He has proven, without a doubt, just how solid and true of an artist that he is. And given the chance by fans and radio stations alike, he'll be able to prove that even more.