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It’s November 21st, which means for James Durbin fans that his highly anticipated CD, Memories of a Beautiful Disaster, is finally available in stores.
Durbin, who suffers from both Asperger’s and Tourette’s Syndrome, but refuses to be sidelined by either, co-wrote five of the 11 songs on the standard edition of Memories of a Beautiful Disaster, and was afforded the dream come true scenario of working with his favorite band (Swedish cult heroes Hardcore Superstar) and with a guitar god (Mötley Crüe’s Mick Mars) on Outkast. He also wrote with several seasoned songwriters such as Marti Frederickson (Chris Daughtry, Aerosmith) and James Michael (SixxAm).
Durbin explains that the title, Memories of a Beautiful Disaster, means that he is looking back at his life, and at all of the hardships he endured due to the early death of his father from a drug overdose, and the constant bullying he faced at the hands of other kids in school. What seemed like a disaster at the time now seems beautiful, because it made him who he is today. He also sings about the redemptive power of love and the happiness he has with his fiancée, Heidi, and their young son, Hunter.
Higher than Heaven, one of the songs co-written by Durbin, starts the album out with a rocking sound about love. It’s a strong song and already a fan favorite (WindUp records gave fans a preview of the song last week.) Two songs are about being bullied, Outkast and Screaming. The former was co-written with Hardcore Superstar and features Motley Crue’s Mick Mars on the cut. It is meant to be tongue-in- cheek, and it raaaawks. The latter, written with Idol alum David Cook, is for kids who have endured the kind of treatment Durbin did as a child. It’s an anthem for outcasts, the ones who got “kicked out but never caved in,” and it tackles the subject in a fun way. I can already picture young fans screaming along to this song with Durbin during concerts.
Taking a completely different direction is the heart-tugging ballad May, shows the softer side of James. Country music fans will enjoy this cut. Be prepared to tear-up; the song is beautiful, as is James’ falsetto. Another gorgeous slower song is Everything Burns.
The US army was impressed enough with the song, Right Behind You, to license it for distribution to 100,000 troops. The song is meant to help the troops feel supported. It starts slowly and builds to a full crescendo, and is one of the strongest cuts on the album.
Love Me Bad, Durbin’s current single, is about a love gone wrong. Be sure and watch the video on Vevo or itunes. It is classic Durbin and filled with lots of fire. StandUp is the official current stadium anthem for the NFL. You can hear it every Sunday when you attend a football game. It does just what you would expect, gets people excited and “pumped-up” in order to support their team.
Memories of a Beautiful Disaster is a strong debut album. There is something for everyone. If you loved James singing ballads on American Idol, you will love May. If you love rock you will love Outkast. And there is plenty in between.
The album is now available at leading retailers such as Wal-Mart, Target and Best Buy. Or you can order it on James’ website at www.DurbinRock.com or download it from itunes. Whatever you do, buy it – you won’t regret it!