By Michael Slezak
April 20, 2007 at 12:00 PM EDT

At first glance, the video for Daughtry’s “Home” (this season’s American Idol sendoff-montage theme) could be dismissed as a hastily assembled, budget-conscious effort, what with its grainy concert footage, backstage glimpses, and shots of road signs taken from the band’s tour bus. And yet, paired with the wistful lyrics about being away from the ones you love and the urge to get back to ’em (“The miles are getting longer it seems/The closer I get to you”), the images get imbued with emotional relevance. Could it be Chris’ wife, back home in North Carolina, whom he’s chatting with on his cellphone? And as a bonus, we get to see the band’s eponymous lead singer doing something he rarely does: smiling! That wasn’t so hard, was it, Chris?

On the other hand, I’m not beaming over Gwen Stefani’s unimaginative “4in the Morning.” Haven’t we already seen Gwen lolling about in whitebedsheets in No Doubt’s “Underneath It All“video? Okay, yeah, she sips tea, takes a bath, and goes for alate-night car ride here, too, but there’s something disappointingabout seeing one of the biggest stars in music recycling images from avideo that’s only five years old. Sure, the single’s more enjoyablethan previous efforts from her latest disc, the ghastly “Wind It Up”and the so-so “The Sweet Escape,” but truth be told, I’m ready for Gwento get back with her bandmates and put the solo thing on hold forawhile. What say you, PopWatchers?