It was finally the day. After months of anticipation, hours spent on various fan sites speculating, and days spent convincing myself not to listen to spoilers — I was about to hear David Archuleta’s new album The Other Side Of Down … on my birthday.
You know how when you wait SO long for something, eventually the idea of what you’re waiting for actually happening begins to seem more and more impossible? And you can barely remember what it was like before you were in this perpetual state of waiting? And you almost get to the point where you don’t want the waiting to end, because you’re quite comfy the way you are? Maybe I am the only one who feels like that…? Well, anyways, that’s the way I was feeling.
I had prepared everything so my first listen would be absolutely perfect. I had eaten and gone to the bathroom (so those things would not distract me :P), put a note on my door warning my housemates to not disturb me, and locked myself in my room. I had turned the light off (no idea why) and lain on my bed 100% ready to bask in the glory of The Archuleta.
But for some reason, I still hesitated to push play. I don’t know if I was scared of being disappointed? Or maybe it was my fear of change? And I was too used to waiting? I have no idea.
Obviously I pulled myself together and pushed play. And boy, once I started listening, the idea I had had of not listening seemed laughable. What was I thinking?!
I can not properly put into words how I felt or what I was thinking during my first listen. So much new music all at once is quite overwhelming. But I do remember being surprised about a couple things.
Staying spoiler-free, I had unknowingly formed opinions about so of the songs without ever having heard them (entirely based off what I’ve read about them and other people’s opinions).
I was surprised how overall the album was more upbeat than I’d expected. I was surprised about how much I liked Stomping The Roses (I had judged that one on the title). I was super surprised to realize I recognized the beginning of Falling Stars (in a moment of weakness, I had listened to Eman’s bubbletweet. It took me forever to figure how I recognized it – I seriously thought I was going crazy!).
I was surprised by Parachutes and Airplanes — it was different sounding than I expected. There were things I wasn’t surprised about. though. I was not surprised how “David” each and every track sounded, but I was impressed by how he seemed to do it in a different way for each one. I wasn’t surprised how I positively loved each and every track on the album. If I was scared of disappointment, I had nothing to worry about.
On my first listen, the songs that stuck out the most to me were TOSOD, Who I am and My Kind of Perfect. But by the second listen, I had flip flopped and found myself thoroughly enjoying Look around (That one makes me want to dance!) and Complain. And the lyrics of Good Place really got to me. I don’t even know — I could say so many amazing things about each and every song!
I won’t bore you with all that, but I cannot help but spaz for a bit about My Kind Of Perfect. Neither the debut album nor CFTH had a song on it that I fell so in love with so quickly. It was always just normal amounts of love for all the songs that kept switching between them. I’d have “favourites” until I’d listen to another one and it would switch. And it was more of a love for all the songs collectively, and after a (long) while I would eventually establish some I liked more than others.
But My Kind Of Perfect was different. As soon as I heard it the first time I knew that it was special. I can’t exactly put my finger on why I loved it so much. Maybe it was because his voice was front and centre throughout? Or maybe because I can totally relate to the lyrics?
He amazes me how he takes a song that could theoretically be extremely cheesy and turn it into one of the most beautiful songs I have ever heard. Seriously beautiful is the only word to describe it. Beautiful melody. Beautiful piano. Simple but beautiful lyrics. Beautiful vocals. Beautiful “Bea-u-ti-ful”s. ❤
Anyways, that’s about as coherent as I can be right now. What were your first impressions on the albums? Any favourites yet?