Okay, true confession time, guys. When I first heard the snippet for David Archuleta’s Something ‘Bout Love, my heart sank. I did not connect with it at all. It sounded bubble-gummy and generic to my ear. I wanted SO much to like it but it left me cold. And what’s worse, I felt like the worst, most unsupportive fan ever.
I’d been listening to Parachutes & Airplanes and NAVGL on constant repeat and I guess I was hoping for that singer/songwriter vibe or a more soulful WFM feel for the first single.
But I vowed to keep my opinions to myself until I heard the whole song. I also relistened (for the first time in about a year) to Top 40 radio. Wow, what an eye (or ear) opener. Not only did SBL fit right in, but except for a few bright spots, I thought it was light-years beyond most of that repetitive, forgettable stuff.
Confession #2, once I had an mp3 of the whole song on my iPod (now don’t go getting your knickers in a twist, you know I will be buying, ahem, several legit copies), I literally couldn’t stop replaying it. Why?
Because there IS something about love … my love for that voice and soul and message of David’s … there IS something about SBL that breaks your heart, that sets you free … may sound über-cheesy but it’s true. It hooks you and holds you prisoner as much as some of David’s more “serious” material does. How could it, you ask?
Because there’s one important common denominator: Mr. David Archuleta. Techno-ize and auto-tune him all you like but his raw passion and fire and authenticity blaze through like a blowtorch and next thing you know … you’re toast.
I thought it might be interesting to take a look around the interweb and check out what peeps without David avis 🙂 were saying about SBL:
c80 Love it!! Perfect summer dance tune. Wouldn’t be a David Archuleta song without a key change, killer bridge and vocal range that eliminates all others. I think the techno/electronica/dance vibe and groove is just throwing people for a loop, those who can’t quite grasp or believe David could pull off a song like this. It is what it is – and it’s darn good.
Nl Wow – this surprised me – in a good way! It got stuck in my head right away so I say great job Archie and I am happy that I read that he co-wrote this!
mikecosentino I agree its not bubble gum or disney, definitely radio friendly
LMG surprisingly, I like this
quietnoise I like it. And I hate that I like it.
bluegenie I HATE him but have to admit the song is good, good being relative to what is on the charts these days, which is mostly all sh***y crap- I think this will do well. It’s not groundbreaking, very cliche but it’s a fun song.
picoharmotimpo I liked it. Whatever you say about Archie, his season on AI actually had a number of talented people who are having some success in the music business. Can’t really see the same happening for most of this season’s crew.
Dharma i like this freaking song – played it at a little party with some friends, and we jammed our asses off. i think he’s got a monster waiting to happen. the clubs should pick up on this and spin the shizzzz outta it, gets the crowd jumping. dude can jam – who knew, lol.
inspiredbycook I am a huge David Cook fan (hence the user name) and have been lurking on here since season 7. I had to come on here and just say I am really excited for David Archuleta and his fans. This is such an exciting time! I think this song will definitely be a hit and it couldn’t happen to a nicer guy!
suenigma Another huge Cook fan here, and I freaking love this song! Yeah it is pure, airy pop, but his lovely voice elevates it, IMO. So damn catchy, and perfect for Summer. Someone else aptly called it “hopeful”. Gotta say, I’m all verklempt at the mutual admiration society thing happening here in regards to the Davids. Season 7 for the win!!!
yaminacookie Well, this Huge Cook loves it – dare I say more than Crush. I can’t stop bouncing in my chair. Its got the sound that’s all over Top 40, but stands out from the baby-girl voices. David’s voice is so unique – even with the bells and whistles, its undeniably Archie.
And my personal favourite :
ammasta Holy HELLISH 80s, Batman! I hate the 80s in music for the most part (For some reason, whenever I associate 80s with anything, I think of obnoxious electronic music playing with people with mullets, pants up to their ribs dancing, and more faded colors like on 80s TV shows. The horror. SOOO glad I was born at the end of 89 so I didn’t have to live through all that horror.)
It’s strangely cute. Holy hell.
This goes against anything that I believe in. Why the HELL do I like this? It’s a bit too produced for me, usually.
….You know, I’d be kinda excited to hear an acoustic version or something without the drums and slowed down a bit. I dunno, it bears a “quite-vague-but-there” resemblance to Broken Open by Adam Lambert, and that is totally one of my favorite songs on his album.
Alright, bridge? Bring out the damn glowsticks and let’s freaking GO. Eek @ drum part to the “money chorus”, did not like that part so much.
Someone had to compare it to My Life Would Suck Without You, didn’t they? Thanks to you, I need new underwear. Both songs are pretty cool.
DOWNLOAD. DOWNLOAD. WHEN?!
P.S. And when David starts doing the rounds of TV and radio appearances (hopefully LOTS … and hopefully on the TCAs or, dare I even hope for it, SYTYCD) and singing this LIVE … watch out world.
How about you? Did SBL grab you right from the first snippet? Or did it grow on you the more you listened? And do you think, in the first chorus, the line is “You still believe” or “You still bleed”?