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Album Review

American Idol seventh season runner-up David Archuleta was the same age as Jordin Sparks, the season six winner, but he always seemed much, much older — a creature from a different era, a time where Up with People peacefully merged with the sound and sensibility of the pre-Nirvana '90s. Modernity seemed foreign to Archuleta, which wouldn't prevent his success in American Idol, a show that lives in a permanent oldies fantasia where it's still rebellious to sing the Allman Brothers some 35 years after their breakthrough. While rebellion is anathema to Archuleta, there's no doubt that the kid is sweet, something that shone through on the show, and he manages to sidestep saccharine pitfalls through much of his eponymous debut — delivered six months after AmIdol season seven drew to a close. The producers keep him away from anything rhythmic through most of David Archuleta, with only the overly busy rhythm tracks distinguishing this as a 2008 release. Archuleta does sing well — maybe not with a sense of storytelling, but as a highly coached performer who can hit the marks with accuracy.

Customer Reviews

Great Debut Album!

This is David Archuleta's debut album. The album is filled with nice catchy tracks and ballads. I like this album it's a really good solid album. Here are my ratings for the songs: Crush - 5/5 Great first single, nice and catchy Touch My Hand - 4/5 Nice midtempo song Barriers - 4/5 Nice lyrics My Hands - 4.5/5 This song has great lyrics suits David's voice A Little Too Not Over You - 5/5 One of my favorites, nice song You Can - 4/5 Good Song Running - 3/5 Okay song Desperate - 5/5 My favorite song, this sould be the next single. To Be With You - 5/5 Beautiful Song Don't Let Go - 4/5 Great song Your Eyes Don't Lie - 4/5 Nice Catchy song Angels - 5/5 Great cover of this song. Overall this is a great album. David has a really great voice. This is a nice solid album. You won't be disappointed with this album!

Archuleta hands his fans a solid debut

At only 17, David Archuleta did what only six others have been able to accomplish - finish as runner-up on ‘American Idol.’ The culmination of his work since ‘Idol’ is embodied in his self-titled album, which follows Kristy Lee Cook’s ‘Why Wait’ as the second album to be released by a finalist from Season 7. ‘David Archuleta’ kicks off with “Crush,” the stylized mid-tempo single that reached #2 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. “Crush” sets the mood for the rest of the album, letting listeners know that they are in for a teen pop treat. Next up is “Touch My Hand,” the album’s second single, which continues where “Crush” left off. The track features an angelic chorus that gives the listener a feeling of soaring miles in the air, not to mention the fact that it has a pretty catchy hook. Proof that there’s only enough room for one song on the album with the word “hand” in the title, “My Hands” falls a bit flat lyrically but is still able to maintain itself musically, though. Another mid-tempo that shows off Archuleta’s vocals is “Barriers,” which has a throwback-meets-2008 sound despite suffering from an annoying echo in the chorus. But the most annoying track is without a doubt “A Little Too Not Over You,” which features Akon-like “eh eh”s and “oh oh”s. The R&B-tinged track would be much better without these ad-libs because Archuleta’s vocals are in top form on the song. “Running,” on the other hand, combines a clap track with ‘90s pop aspects and a piano melody. The track is extremely dated and does not belong on this album. Another song that should have been kept off the album is “Don’t Let Go,” which is nothing but straight-up teen pop slosh. “Your Eyes Don’t Lie” is not necessarily as bad, but this Wallflowers-light track does not belong with the rest of those on the album, and the whistle loops are downright juvenile. Archuleta strikes up the radio-friendly factor with “Desperate” features New York underground influences and heavy guitar riffs that really give the song a serious atmosphere. The synths, although seemingly out of place, actually really do a lot to enhance the track. On the ballad front, Archuleta offers up “You Can,” which lacks elements that many classic power ballads have but the track invokes a style in the form of Colbie Caillat, which is unbelievably well suited for him. But his strongest track is unquestionably the ballad “To Be With You,” which includes stringed accompaniment and the most tender vocal performance Archuleta has done up until this point. Archuleta caps off his debut with “Angels,” one of his most critically-acclaimed performances on ‘Idol.’ Although it does not have the same effect here as it did eight months ago, it still serves a purpose of transitioning his career from ‘Idol’ to now. Even though this is not the highest quality debut album for a runner-up (that title belongs to Clay Aiken’s ‘Measure of a Man’), David Archuleta surely holds his own and will see a long and fruitful career ahead of him.

Great debut.

I think David Archuleta will go farther than David Cook. Great debut album, David!

Biography

Born: December 28, 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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