David Archuleta / The Other Side Of Down

The Other Side of Down

David James Archuleta (born December 28, 1990) is an American pop singer-songwriter.

At ten years old he won the children’s division of the Utah Talent Competition leading to other television singing appearances.[4] When he was twelve years old, Archuleta became the Junior Vocal Champion on Star Search 2.[4] In 2007, at sixteen years old, he became one of the youngest contestants on the seventh season of American Idol.[5] In May 2008 he finished as the runner-up, receiving 44 percent of over 97 million votes.

In August 2008 Archuleta released “Crush,” the first single from his self-titled debut album.[4][6][7][8] The album, released two months later, debuted at number two on the Billboard 200 chart; it has sold over 750,000 copies in the U.S. and over 900,000 Worldwide.

The Other side Of Down is Archuleta’s Third proper release.

The Analysis:

 Other Side Of Down—-This is so nice…layered and superb acoustic guitar based R N’ B that has just enough bass to allow for a nice remix in the future. Archuleta delivers a vocal that is as pure as anything that you have ever heard from him. The nice occasional falsetto is superb..the vocals are overlayed and delivered with a practised sound that will make girls scream all over the world. The lyrics are still a bit juvenile, but have a magical quality about them. This is a wonderful excursion into the world of pop mastery.

Something ‘Bout Love—-The lead off single from this release finds David delivering that smoky kind of vocal that makes people all over the world swoon from the effect. This is laden with a nice lyric and a chorus that will set you on fire and scream for a remix. The songwriters that are behind Archuleta know the audience and know how to deliver an incredible pop hook. This is damn near perfection…with a slight maturing aspect to the whole thing…I’m still as addicted as I was from the onset.

Elevator—-Delivered with a really nice acoustic guitar, Archuleta delivers more lyrics that scream out for love and companionship. The chorus of this song is so full of magical hooks and catchy melodies that it is bound to be a huge hit with his fan base. this is simple, but delivered with an expertise that belies the age of the performer. This is so damn catchy…one of those songs you secretly listen to over and over again. Wonderful!

Stomping The Roses—-I’m still not sure why this track was not released as the first single from this release…it may have been enough to really shock and open up the artist to a whole different audience. Make no doubt, the huge catchy chorus is well intact, but the beat of the song is a bit more progressive and the lyrics seem much more grown up. This is very contagious and has a hook that is more addictive than the best cocaine…wonderful!!!

Who I Am—-For me, this sounds like a left over track from the self-titled debut. This would have fit perfectly on the first major release from David. This is so syrupy sweet and delivered with a chorus that wraps around all of synapse in your brain…you will have this in your brain for days on end…the overlayed vocal on the chorus asks the same question that you wonder every morning you wake up…how do I show the world Who I Am? Wonderful!

Falling Stars—-This is a pretty grown up song for a 20 year old…delivering lyrics that even I can relate to and get goosebumps from. This is delivered in a gentle piano based musical track…the feeling you are left with is a bit lonely and forlorn…even after the synth line kicks in. This is wonderful..the escalating rhythm line threatens to border on a sound alike line from 100’s of other songs…but the vocal keeps everything magically under control. This is fantastic.

Parachutes And Airplanes—-At the onset, this appears as a typical Archuleta track..piano based and a bit love-worn. The chorus opens up though..with a magical synth line that allows you to groove a bit with the emotion and dig yourself out of the lost and lonely feel of the intro. This is also superb in the vocal aspect…David manages to go from a deep emotional vocal to a falsetto that is almost joyous. This is wonderful..wow…still impressed.

Look Around—-This has a really nice electronic sound to it that never really loses the R n B influence that seems to be injected in the natural vocal from Archuleta. The chorus is the thing that pulls you in..once again. It is not even so much the vocal this time around…the music on this song is pretty incredible…there are all kinds of electronic manipulations going on…I almost forgot to pay attention to the voice…this is that enchanting. This is superb…look for this to be a single!!!

Good Place—-A remarkable and emotional ballad, this really reminds me of any of the tracks on his major label debut. Once again, this has a killer hook and a huge, contagious chorus. The music is addictive as hell and there are some nice vocal overlays that are slightly manipulated giving you a nice varied sound. Very Nice!

Complain—-Sticking firmly with the successful recipe that made of the main components of the last release and that continues on this one, the song is acoustic guitar based with some nice subtle electronic sounds. Wrapped around intense lyrics and a voice that is solid, Archuleta again appeals to the screaming girls that follow him from place to place. This is tried and true…but somehow magically effective.

Things Are Gonna Get Better—-Delivering some of the best AOR music I have heard in a long time, I wonder to myself if there are actually radio stations that play this kind of stuff anymore? This is a bit too syrupy for me..delivred with a slow pace that features a subtle female background voice, this is nice but suffers a bit as it sounds too much like everything else.

My Kind Of Perfect—-Piano based and featuring a lonely but sweet vocal, this leaves me a bit empty. Perhaps this is too heartfelt…coming off as a bit contrived and forced. That is not to say that this is a bad song, it just drowns under the simplicity of the arrangement…the vocal is stellar as always.

**** out of 5


3 Responses to “David Archuleta / The Other Side Of Down”

  1. Loved your review! Love the album. Love the voice! He is an amazing young talent. Looking to forward to a lifetime of work from him.

  2. I really enjoyed your review. So much more of the real David in this album and I am sure that his growth and maturity will only get better. Have you ever heard David sing live? A real treat to be sure.

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