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Album Review

As the second-hardest-to-market American Idol runner-up, David Archuleta stumbled out of the gate in 2008, nobody quite knowing whether to embrace his youth or his granny appeal, so they wound up with a mediocrity that appealed to neither camp. The Other Side of Down, his 2010 sequel, firmly favors the former, borrowing heavily from Ryan Tedder’s chilly stainless-steel sheen, its glassy wall of synths, looped hooks, and rhythms reflecting radio-ready sounds of 2009-2010. It’s a style that doesn’t showcase the singer but Archuleta is already an old pro, fitting the contours of what he’s been given, which makes sense since he’s largely responsible for the songs here, bearing writing credits on ten of the 12 cuts. As a writer, Archuleta certainly is a follower, not an innovator, but he’s sharp enough to hire collaborators to coax comfortable commercial pop out of him — something that is much more difficult than it appears, if his debut is to be trusted — and beneath the gloss there are signs that the AmIdol finalist has been searching his soul, looking for what is “The Other Side of Down” as he’s trying to figure out “Who I Am,” knowing that “Things Are Gonna Get Better.” But don’t mistake this for a confessional, even on the level of Lindsay Lohan’s A Little More Personal (Raw) — this is a middle-of-the-road pop album pure and simple, arriving perhaps two years too late, but it nevertheless proves that Archuleta has pop chops.

Customer Reviews

David Archuleta is sensational!

Now, this young man really does know how to sing! As he co-wrote 10 out of the 12 tracks on the album, we must say that his choice of lyrics really are heartfelt and sincere for someone of such a young age. He has accomplished a lot with this album and is such a positive step up from his first self-titled album in 2008. For me, the whole album is amazing to listen to, but some of my favourites have got to be "Falling Stars", "Elevator", "My kind of Perfect" and the title track, "The other side of Down". I was slightly surprised when I first listened to the album, as many songs feature Archuleta singing in his falcetto, but don't worry, this just adds to the magic of his second studio album, not including his Christmas album released in 2009! If you are still undecided about buying this album, I'd definitely say "GO FOR IT!". This is a great feel-good pop record which you will find yourself dancing to throughout the day and night!

Love it!

I listened to all the tracks, without skipping one. I love his voice and all his songs, would reccomend!

great songs

This is my very first purchase on iTunes, ever, and I should say it's a pretty good choice. The whole album was kept upbeat and has a positive, feel good vibe to it. I'm not normally a fan of fast songs but I enjoyed listening to all of them and the very few ballads are amazing. Nice to know 10 were co-written by David himself.My personal favourites are Falling Stars, Good Place, the title track and My Kind of Perfect of course. A must-buy.


Born: 28 December 1990 in Miami, FL

Genre: Pop

Years Active: '00s, '10s

David Archuleta became one of the most recognizable figures on television in 2008, when his tenor vocals and boyish charm helped earn him a second-place finish on American Idol. Although born in Miami, Florida, he'd spent most of his childhood in Utah, where he lived with his parents (Jeff, a jazz trumpeter, and Lupe Marie, a Honduran salsa singer) and four siblings. Inspired by a videotaped performance of Les Misérables, Archuleta began singing at age six, and his talent helped him secure performances...
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