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 that regard, largely and most obviously because it is one of the two songs (the other being Complain) that was not co-penned by David.

I view this song in much the same way I viewed You Can from David’s freshman effort: while very pretty, it is about an experience of romantic love that David has not yet had. To the subjective mind of this author, this is more “a song for David to sing,” than it is “David’s song.” Certain lyrics (“You are so beautiful”) strike me as overly conventional, and a bit lacking of the witty, sideways manner we know David is capable of. (And when he chooses to be conventional, as in Things Are Gonna Get Better, he jumps in unapologetically with both feet.)

Serving as contrast, Good Place (one of my very favorites songs off the album, and one which David co-wrote), also touches on the same theme of losing the joy of the moment. But that song can be as much about family, his career, or any pleasant emotion as it can be about romantic love—and, though David goes a bit darker (even downright fatalistic) with his lyrics Good Place, the song still shimmers with buoyancy and optimism. To paraphrase Rascal’s comment about Something ‘Bout Love: David knows that it’s often best to show the light by contrasting it with the dark. And if there is a common theme to this album, it is that.

For me, Falling Stars is just very sad. 🙁 And if that’s how love is supposed to feel while one’s still in love, perhaps I won’t subscribe to it lol.

Contigo en la Distancia was not written by David, and neither was Imagine. Still, those were two songs that David fiercely connected with and allowed him to “get into” the song, and they played to his vocal strengths. This album attempts to find a halfway point between David’s vocal strengths and the pop market, and it sometimes comes off as being not enough of either. After the first chorus, other instruments kick in, we get this wall of sound, and the song begins to swell and build up towards something bigger… but it doesn’t quite get there. Perhaps in a future album effort, or when catering to another market (Spanish album anyone? :)), we might get some more of that “David Kick” that can elevate his ballads to that higher place we know he’s capable of.

Sorry to be a bit of a downer, but that’s my take on this particular song. Your mileage may vary. But heck, if this brings out some FS partisans, then I shall welcome the lively discussion. Bring it on!

– Ronaldsf

Falling Stars

When you forget me
When you don’t remember my name
Not even a memory
Somewhere in the back of your brain
I won’t be offended
‘Cause I always knew that the day would come,
When I’m not enough to make you stay
You tell me it’s not possible, no way that we could break
But nothing is illogical, believe me
Like falling stars over your head
We were bound to burn out, burn like crashing cars
I’ll never get over you, never over you
‘Cause you are so beautiful, yeah
The world is turning
And time keeps on lingering on
The sun will be burning
Eventually you will be gone
I’ll always love you
Oh, believe it or not
But baby, that’s not enough to,
Not enough to stop these…
Falling stars over your head
We were bound to burn out, burn like crashing cars
I’ll never get over you, never over you
‘Cause you are so beautiful, yeah
When it’s all said and done
I’ll be just a speck in the galaxy
Floating farther away by gravity
Tell me it’s not possible, no way that we could break
Like falling stars
Like crashing cars
Like falling stars over your head
We were bound to burn out, burn like crashing cars
I’ll never get over you, never over you
‘Cause you are so beautiful
You are so beautiful, yeah

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