Colton Dixon fans who bought his debut album, A Messenger, last year, may be surprised at just how aggressive Anchor is in places.

On Anchor, out this week, songs like Our Time Is Now and Loud and Clear push boundaries of what fans expect from the former American Idol finalist.

“We pulled out all the stops for this record,” says Dixon, 22, who finished seventh on the show’s 11th season. “For the rock songs, we decided to go big or go home.”

The song’s title track, which has a lyric video premiering at USA TODAY, was inspired by “how easy it is to get distracted out on the road, how easy it was to get caught up in a schedule and lose your focus,” Dixon says.

The song also sets up the theme of Dixon’s new album.

“More than the last record, this record is very personal,” he says. “The first record seemed almost like a mission statement of what I wanted to…