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Wednesday, October 20th, 2010 by

Falling Stars

Upon first listen, I was impressed by Falling Stars. The pop, rock, and alternative songs that precede it surround his voice with instrumentation and don’t allow him to evoke that intimacy we know David is unmatched in conveying. For the first time on The Other Side of Down, we hear that unique, pure timbre in his voice, simultaneously sharp and round, as he sings the first verse. Although David’s strength is with the ballad and evoking pathos, this was not a standout for me on the album. On an album that has as one of its strengths that it reflects David thoughts through its lyrics, this song does not succeed in […]

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Thursday, October 7th, 2010 by


Being a fan during the TOSOD Era© is a different animal now than it was during American Idol. While on AI, the unique quality of David’s voice hit you like a mallet, but in David’s pop offerings we find that his voice becomes more like an ingredient instead of the main course. But David’s much more extensive involvement in the crafting of TOSOD means that we can see what is uniquely “David” in the songs themselves. Elevator Contrary to what seems to be a prevailing opinion on these boards, I would like to come out and admit that Elevator is one of my FAVORITE songs on the album. True to David’s philosophy […]

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Sunday, August 1st, 2010 by

Beginning of an Era

Two years ago today, on August 1, 2008, a fella we have come to admire named David Archuleta sat, a bundle of nerves, to hear the world premiere of his first song, Crush. Millions of New Yorkers (and thousands of fans glued to their computers) heard David on the radio for the very first time, and his official career as a recording artist began at the ripe old age of seventeen At a loss for words, David said his hope was simply that fans “like it, that they enjoy listening to it.” Little did he know that Crush would premiere at #2 on the Hot 100 and go double platinum, and that […]

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Monday, June 28th, 2010 by

Something ‘Bout Love

NEW: FULL-LENGTH VERSION AT DAVIDARCHULETA.COM! Oh. My. Gosh. It’s here. David has just sent out a message via Twitter and to those who get his text-message updates, that a preview of his next single can now be heard at his hotline, (801) 386-8196. It’s hard to pass final judgment when the audio is so poor, but if first impressions are any indication, the song sounds like it can be a hit and that it will satisfy the fans. It’s got an upbeat pop vibe, it’s catchy, David’s vocals are front and center, and it has a nearly Zero Gravity-like energy. Most of all, something about David’s vocal communicates the full feeling of joy […]

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Saturday, May 8th, 2010 by

What’s on the menu?” David, who usually expresses uncertainty when talking to fans about his upcoming music, is overcome with excitement in his latest video blog when talking about his upcoming album: I just can’t wait for you guys to hear these songs! … I feel you guys will really get to feel me in these songs because I’m… a part of the writing, and so part of my ideas and just how I feel are in these songs. Aside from the involuntary joy one feels while viewing a David video blog, one can’t help but feel enormous anticipation with this one as well. For David—who is a perfectionist in many things and admires the […]

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Saturday, April 24th, 2010 by

Imagining David

The recent discussion surrounding David’s own personal Twittergate has brought to the surface, yet again, the political differences that lie among David’s fans. This debate has prompted heated exchanges and caused hurt feelings. As crazy as it sounds, that only means that David must be doing his job. In the course of David’s young, incipient career, he has accomplished the highly unusual feat of bringing together people from a wide variety of backgrounds and viewpoints under a single umbrella. His enigmatic appeal draws in young and old, socially conservative and liberal, men and women, straight and gay, and people from different cultural backgrounds and nations. Many of us were struck by David’s performance […]

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Friday, April 16th, 2010 by


Let’s do an exercise, shall we? As we embark on a new chapter (or, rather, volume) of David’s journey, how about we look at David’s first and last performances of Imagine on American Idol, including his 2 conversations with Ryan Seacrest afterwards, and share our impressions? The point of this exercise is not to say which performance is better (which is pretty pointless – they are the same person for Archusakes!), but to reflect upon how David has changed (or stayed the same) over these 2 years, personally and musically… and to reflect upon our own parallel journeys as fans. I have some thoughts of my own of course, but I’ll save […]

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Tuesday, April 6th, 2010 by


This is the most excited I’ve been about an Archuperformance since Contigo en la Distancia. We already know that David’s reiteration of Imagine will be transcendent, and that David will bring to this cheesy reality show a good dose of his old-school, heart-stirring soul. And we can already predict some of the buzz that will come in its wake. Singing the very song that catapulted him into international consciousness just over 2 years ago will invite the inevitable comparisons. Unless he gets the being-on-AI jitters again (which I doubt—Imagine is one of those songs David loves and was made for singing), David should succeed at demonstrating his growing significance as an artist. […]

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Wednesday, March 17th, 2010 by

Awaitin’ the Day

It’s time for a Patty Day lim’rick, ‘Cos Dave’s album, now that I think of it, Is months down the road— I’m writing an ode To help pass the time cos I’m sick of it. This Archudrought simply can’t stand, No new Archumusic, no band. And singing for Haiti ‘s not the same, baby, Your album’s now wot I demand. You’re writing in Nashville, that’s fine, Your muse will soon come in due time, But don’t wait too long, I don’t care if your song Is cheesy—for sure it’s sublime. Your book I will buy, dontcha know, But waitin’ till June? That’s too slow. And singin “No Air,” After weeks, that’s not fair, Must hear you more frequently, bro. I’ve now grown way beyond bitter: Although it’s nice havin’ me […]

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Sunday, March 7th, 2010 by

“She’s Not You”

When David revealed on Twitter March 5th that “She’s Not You” was from “a while back”—and therefore wasn’t a candidate for the second album—I felt relieved. No, no, no… it’s not that I hate the song. I like it: it’s catchy, and in particular the melody and the guitar in the verses create a nice vibe. (Though the chorus is a bit too bland for my liking.) When I first heard it, I felt anxiety about the second pop album… was this the direction it was headed? We now know that it was a track recorded for David’s first album, but still my day or two of not knowing this made it […]

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