Archuleta’s debut one to idolize

by Kathi Gadow

He crooned to thousands during his stint on “American Idol,” and now he can reach even more with his self-titled debut album. David Archuleta was the second place winner after David Cook on the seventh season of the hit reality television show, losing by only a small margin — he received 44 percent of over 97 million votes. Archuleta started performing publicly when he was 10 years old and was also a contestant (and the junior vocal champion) on CBS’ Star Search when he was 12; he is one of the youngest contestants to become runner-up in “American Idol” history. But Archuleta hides his youth well on his debut effort, releasing an album of tracks that Randy, Paula and even Simon would approve of.

Archuleta’s voice and feel of his music reach far beyond his years, giving him an adult sound. While on “American Idol,” he received a considerable amount of criticism for singing songs that weren’t exactly approachable by his age group, but his new batch of tunes appeals to a younger audience. The instrumentals, combined with the lyrics, give the album more of a pop feel, reaching out to those in his age group while maintaining his mature style.

Archuleta’s talent also extends to songwriting; this singer co-wrote multiple tracks on his debut album. Songs “A Little Not Over You” and “Don’t Let Go” offer creative lyrics and verses you wouldn’t expect to come from a stereotypical pop album.

But Archuleta’s songs do have one drawback: The first time around it may be difficult to differentiate between them, but repeated listening produces distinguishable features in each song. This could explain why Cook won in the seventh season — he has the ability to change the sound of his voice in songs. “Your Eyes Don’t Lie,” however, has quite a distinct sound when compared to the album’s other tracks. The 11th track on Archuleta’s album has a fun and exceptional sound, offering a western feel complete with whistling in the background which add to the album’s eccentricity and originality while still weaving in Archuleta’s strong and beautiful voice.

David Archuleta’s self-titled debut album brings to life all the obvious talent the “American Idol” fans heard live, the only downside being they are unable to see the dark-haired cutie in front of them. Archuleta’s vocals in this album are unbelievably heartbreaking, and the lyrics are sincere, mature and powerful, giving him the potential to be a good role model. “Crush,” the first single off the album, made it to the No. 1 position on iTunes within 24 hours of debuting, foretelling more singles to follow with just as much — if not more — success as the first. Archuleta’s jaw-dropping vocals and fun lyrics suggest this will not be the only successful album in his career. Randy, Paula and Simon were right — imagine that.

4 stars out of 5

Thank you, Sandra!


~ by fhrradio1 on November 18, 2008.

3 Responses to “Archuleta’s debut one to idolize”

  1. You are welcome! I think this review is GREAT and it seems that the person took the time to listen to the CD.

    I’ve decided to read only the positive reviews about David.

    The more I read negative reviews, the more I believed that most of the critics based their opinions on how they feel about David, not about the album itself. I think most of them don’t like David since American Idol and they are not being objective and fair with their reviews. I was getting upset with all the negative reviews but I can see now that most of those so called “music critics” don’t have any credibility. So now I really don’t care what they say about David’s first album. Anyways, they are not going to change my mind or the way I feel about David and his music.

    On the other hand, if you read all those negative reviews; they said which songs were bad according to their opinions. They also tried to pursue the readers to listen to the song they liked the most, and none of them agreed on the same song. None of them agreed on a particular “bad” song either. So that means that all of the songs are good 🙂 Each and every single song can appeal to different people. There is not “bad” song on David’s CD according to the critics. In other words, all of the songs are good!!! and David’s first album is AWESOME!!! 🙂

  2. All songs in David’s first album are good. You can and To be with you caught my attention the first time I listened. After listening multiple times, I can’t really chose which is my favorite coz I like all the songs.

  3. I want to say that David has staying power, but I simply can’t think beyond his ability to exploit such musical mediocrity. He has a good voice and boyish charm which seems to be the strength behind any longevity.

    I HYPED David Archuleta on EverHYPE and scored it 53%, which I think is very accurate.

    If you get on there, rate me a 5 on it and request friendship.

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