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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


So David Archuleta is an amazing guy<3. He's modest, nice, cute, adorable, and or course talented.

HE WROTE ALL BUT COMPLAIN AND FALLING STARS AND HE'S NOT AUTOTONED! He has the voice of an angel and these songs are uplifting, relateable, and just amazing. Yes, they're catchy pop songs but they're more than that. They have such an emotional impact on me and I hope others have the same feelings. That's why I love music. David is why I love music. I want to have that kind of impact on people one day!

He's incredible. This is why I look up to him.

So buy this album and you will never ever regret it! EVER! I'm telling you he's never sang a bad note, and all of his songs are amazing, I've never not liked a performance of his. You can't deny his beautiful tone =]



It doesn't matter what David sings about he could sing about his dead pet and it would still sound just as great as the songs on this cd 5 stars fantastic David has done it again great job David I'm looking forward to what will happen in the future with your music

Fantastic album!

This sophomore album of David's is a work that shows his growth as an artist and as a person. I love every song on it but some of my favorites include the title track,Something 'Bout Love,Stomping the Roses,Falling Stars,Look Around,Complain,and My Kind of Perfect. The lyrics to many of these songs are positive and hopeful and present a refreshing change to much of what we hear in pop music today. His voice as always,is phenomenal and he has the rare gift of being able to touch your soul with his singing. I know we are going to be hearing him sing for many years to come. Congratulations David and thanks for showing us all the other side of down!! :)


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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