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James Durbin Album Review: "Memories of a Beautiful Disaster"

Dec 3, 2011
Markos Papadatos

American Idol Season 10 fourth place finalist James Durbin's debut album "Memories of a Beautiful Disaster," featuring the single "Love Me Bad" is reviewed.

James Durbin’s latest CD Memories of a Beautiful Disaster came out on November 21, 2011, via his record label, Wind-up Records.

His album debuted at #36 on the Billboard 200 all-genre charts for the week ending December 10, 2011.

It was produced by Howard Benson, who has worked with such acts as My Chemical Romance, Daughtry, and Motorhead; moreover, the record was mixed by Chris Lord-Alge.

Durbin is credited for co-writing five songs on the album.

Background on James Durbin

A Santa Cruz, California, native, James Durbin finished in fourth place on the tenth season of American Idol. When he performed “You’ve Got Another Thing Comin’” in the Top 24, he became the first contestant in the competition's history to perform a Judas Priest song.

Although he did not win this season of Idol, he was afforded the privilege to sing two songs on the show's finale, “Livin' After Midnight” and “Breaking the Law,” with his biggest musical influence, the legendary heavy metal band, Judas Priest.

“Memories of a Beautiful Disaster”

His CD opens with “Higher than Heaven,” a song that Durbin co-wrote with veteran songwriter Marti Frederiksen. It is followed with the up-tempo “All I Want” and the catchy “Love in Ruins.”

His powerhouse single “Love Me Bad” demonstrates the tremendous range and control in Durbin's voice, and the tune’s music video is equally captivating.

The ballad “May” is a sincere, yet brave vocal performance by Durbin, showcasing the diversity in his craft, proving that he can sing any type of song and make it sound good.

In “Outcast,” Durbin collaborates with Mick Mars, the lead guitarist of Motley Crue, and the outcome is electrifying! It most definitely deserves to be released as a future single.

His newest single “Stand Up,” which was recently sent out to rock radio airwaves, brings his eleven-track album to a close, thus leaving his fans thirsty for more.

The Verdict

James Durbin’s newest album Memories of a Beautiful Disaster is a keeper! This eclectic project deserves two thumbs up.

Along with Adam Lambert, Durbin is one of the few male vocalists from Idol that is able to hit the high notes with ease, and make them seem effortless. Hopefully, this record is a harbinger of bigger and better things to come for this Santa Cruz rocker.

For more information on James Durbin and his new music, check out his official website, as well as his Facebook and Twitter pages.