Doing the math: How the TOSOD reviews add up

"huh???" ... first person with the correct answer gets my friendship bracelet! (Screencap: ilovechudavidarchie.tumblr)

I have learned that reading David Archuleta album reviews can be bad for my heart.

They are sometimes spot on, sometimes brutal, always opinionated, and most definitely more about readership or website “hits” than music appreciation.  Ultimate goal: To rile people (me) up and get us (me) all defensive.  I even wonder sometimes if the “reviewer” has actually listened to the CD or has just based their “critique” on the song titles alone — or simply biased their review based on personal opinion and preconceived notions about David.  I must remember that everyone is entitled to their own opinion, right?

So, “The Other Side of Down” reviews that were particularly negative, I ignored.  As a result, I ended up archiving the ones with mostly positive vibes.

And of those, what I found most interesting was the range of songs that were highlighted as stand-outs.

Here is a list (with links to full reviews):

People Magazine: Complain SBL, Elevator, PandA, TAGGB
The Stanford Daily:  Lists them all, “…all Archuleta really needs to sell his music is his angelic voice.”
MSN:    SBL, Elevator, Stomping the Roses
Entertainment Weekly:   Elevator, Stomping the Roses
IdolWild:    MKOP, Stomping the Roses, Elevator
The Dam Nation:  Good Place, MKOP, Elevator, Stomping the Roses, Look Around
Pamela Pike:   TOSOD, Good Place, MKOP
Idol Chatter-Mark Franklin: Who I Am, TOSOD, Falling Stars
Idol Chatter-Brian Mansfield: SBL, Falling Stars, MKOP
New York Post: Falling Stars, MKOP, Stomping the Roses
ParentSphere Blog:  PandA, SBL, Elevator
Eagle Tribune:   SBL, Elevator, PandA
MTV News (w/Jim Cantiello): Elevator
Zap2It: Falling Stars, MKOP, TAGGB
Billboard Live Q&A host: Elevator Track-by-track review

Thinking deep thoughts ... or planning lunch. (Photos:

SBL and Elevator are mentioned often; perhaps because, as singles, they have been heard more than once.  BUT, check this out – EVERY song on David’s album is listed at least once.  This is amazing to me.  Well, not to me personally as there is nothing of David’s that I can really say I don’t like, but in the general sense that when I buy an album it is usually for one or two, and at most a few, songs.

Why is this?  To me there seems to be a wonderful variety of different sounds /sound effects / musical variations in melody to keep my interest throughout the album and perhaps someone with a musical ear can further define this for me.  Regardless, I would say that this is quite an impressive feat.

Congratulations, David and kudos to you on a winner of an album!

Are we there yet?

For the ArchuGeeks out there – I present you with a list compiled from the above reviews – the songs listed in descending order of mention:

  • Elevator: 9
  • SBL:  6
  • MKOP:  6
  • STR: 5
  • Falling Stars: 4
  • PandA:  3
  • Good Place: 2
  • TOSOD: 2
  • TAGGB: 1
  • Who I Am: 1
  • Look Around: 1
  • Complain: 1

And, if anyone is interested in my favourites, with no song on the album being one that I skip over (save SBL occasionally – just because I listened to it so much when it first came out): MKOP is my “heart” song, as someone labeled it, with Good Place and PandA right up there as well.

How do you feel about reviews? Why hasn’t the New York Times or Rolling Stone reviewed the CD yet? Or is that a good thing? Do you agree with the critics’ picks of “stand out” songs?


P.P.S. Here is Embe’s beautiful cover of “My Kind of Perfect” … enjoy!

P.P.S.S.’s “A Day in the Life of David Archuleta” video (on YouTube thanks to JackRyan4DA 🙂 ) with original full PopEater article HERE.

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80 Responses to Doing the math: How the TOSOD reviews add up

  1. janey says:

    awestruck, i noticed that too… that each reviewer had a different song that appealed to them, wayyy cool.

    btw, the other thing that i noticed on the negative reviews that there was never a song-by-song review; most often, it was a paragraph or two condemning the genre of music, and never his voice.

    nesquicus has posted the answer to the math equation of twitter, lol.

  2. janey says:


  3. TOfan says:

    Janey, so nesquicus gets the friendship bracelet, wooot! 😆

    Great post, awestruck, really cool to see a tally of the songs that were singled out by reviewers (esp. since my fave tops the list, lol).

    I appreciated the reviews (even if they weren’t total raves) that assessed the album on its own merits … what did the artist set out to do & were they successful? … and the ones that tried to make some insights into themes etc. (EW, surprisingly enough).

    But it was a definite eye-opener to read the ones where the reviewer had clearly not listened to the album and just saw the name “David Archuleta” and saw their chance for cheap shots … and web hits, as you rightly point out. (I rolled my eyes so hard at the one that mentioned “auto tune” that they practically rolled right out of my head! 😯 )

    Embe, your MKOP is beautiful!!!! You should cover it with your band for youTube!!!

  4. abanana77 says:

    awestruck, I actually love this! How all are together listed together in one place. I had noticed a lot of reviews mentioned different songs, but I had never realized that every song had been mentioned at least once! That’s so cool! And love how you counted and ordered them from most popular. Amazing! 🙂 I love lists, and I love statistics and I love David. So it’ a pretty good post, I guess 😛

    Also LOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOVE the screencap at the top. LOLOLOLOLOLOLOL. Although my inner mathematician is being overly critical and thinks they should have left it as:

    solve for x:
    6x^2+11x-35 (where x^2 is “x squared”)

    because the way they did it, they already subbed it into the quadratic equation (which is the “hard part” and then all that’s left is to type it into a calculator),

    OK I will stop now. LOL. sorry. I just spent all day studying math 😛

    • awestruck says:

      watcha studying to be abanana, a math professor? I loved math too way back, but havn’t had a need to use it for a very long time, lol

      • abanana77 says:

        Hahahaha, no, not a math professor (they are ridiculously smart), but I am a math major hoping to become a high school math teacher. 🙂

      • jackryan4DA says:

        awestruck – (Giving you the horror look!) Math is life. Math stays with us everyday it is just that we are not that conscious about it!

        OK, that’s the “sermon” that I give my kids & my siblings whenever we have lessons, LOL. “Math is life” is actually a tagline that we have adopted.

        What can I say, am a certified geek! hehe

    • TOfan says:

      I LOLed at that screencap too… guess he had to get extra credit in that class! 😆

  5. awestruck says:

    just to make a correction – Elevator had 7 mentions – TOfan I think you just wanted to pad that number a little bit huh? 🙂

    janey – yeah, those with just negative comments could not, in all honesty, say anything about David’s voice could they now.

    emmbe, I can’t seem to be able to listen to your MKOP cover…

  6. janey says:

    I can’t listen to the clip either :((

  7. Nita says:

    The person that mention auto tune in a negative way, actually I took it as a very good complinent because he could not tell the difference from auto tune with a real deal. Artist that cannot sing use auto tune to hide any imperfection, so this guy actually did like David’s album but he just didn’t know it. lol

  8. Nita says:

    I saw it from the costumers review in itune.

  9. awestruck says:

    TOfan – windows media player still does not recognize embe’s MKOP.

  10. abanana77 says:

    Hahaha I just noticed the tag: David Archuleta = Xtraordinary

    TOfan (I am assuming that was you), you are genius.

  11. jackryan4DA says:

    Happy weekend everyone!

    I dunno if this has been posted but if there is any doubt how David is sooo loved here in my corner of the world, see this –

    Young stars singing & dancing to a medley of SBL & Elevator

    Please excuse the poor kids for murdering the songs — IT’S THE THOUGHT & EFFORT (?) THAT COUNTS, ok? LOL

    ps: I don’t know the program cos I practically don’t watch TV for some time now.

    ps2: Goes back to read article now

  12. jackryan4DA says:

    BTW, I had problems playing EMBE’s MKOP from the link above. When I downloaded it, it was just showing 326kb… probably the format.

    So I converted it and uploaded it to another link, hope you guys don’t mind:

    EMBE – you should submit this to David. Dang! Too bad the myspace contest thingy is not available in your parts.

    Perhaps those of you the US can still submit it? Is it still on?

    • TOfan says:

      JR, that vid is awesome!!! I saw a rumour on Twitter that David will be performing in Manila again sometime in 2011 … I can certainly see why, wow!!!

      & thanks for the upload of Embe’s MKOP, thanks to you, I think the embedded clip at the end of the post might actually work now *fingers crossed*.

  13. jackryan4DA says:

    No prob TOFAN. Just want to make sure that evryone can get a listen to EMBE’s interpretation of MKOP, my heart song. Yup, I was the one who said that 🙂

    And EMBE – I twitted the file to David and Melinda. David may not see my twit among the gazillions he receivex daily but Melinda sure will.

    And Melinda replies to my twit! 😉

    • TOfan says:

      JR, speaking of your heart song (love that!) have you seen it in close up from GR? (saw this for the 1st time tonight, how the heck did I miss it???):

    • awestruck says:

      JR – I had forgotten it was YOU who said ‘heart song’ – that really fits for me!

      As for math, I know, I know I use it EVERY day, just not to the tune of figuring out equations like at the top of this!

      Thanks you for embe’s new link, I will go have a listen

  14. jackryan4DA says:

    TOFAN – Yes, there is unconfirmed news that David will be coming to Manila early next year. That would mean an Asian Tour.

    But the better news is that it will NOT be under the producer who originally brought them here!

    I know he is coming. He said so himself. Just waiting for confirmation from our local Sony unit.

    But the part that it won’t be under Fearless Prod is the best part cos that means we will have a shot at a legitimate M&G!

    Heaven, I’m in heaven… sing with me peeps, sing with me …

  15. Angelica says:

    Just want to drop by and tell Embe how much I loved her cover of MKOP. Nice work and you have a lovely voice there, missy.

    Hello at last to all my SnowAngelz and to TOfan and Refnaf who I left in Cleveland and still feel you with me somehow. Crazy how close the connection can form among David fans. Really hope we can meet again for a David concert soon. Can you come down south this time? haha. YJ from Cleveland actually vows to come to Baton Rouge if he ever tours there.

    Love your recaps TOfan and sorry I have been lax in posting but came down with a chest cold after getting home that has had me kind of exhausted but much better now. (((hug))) to you and Refnaf and all my Canuckie buds. <sp?

  16. betsy says:

    Embe, you did David proud with that rendition. ♥

  17. jackryan4DA says:

    I love that you put all the reviews in one neat collection. You may want to include the not so positive ones as well — as souvenirs! LOL.

    And I quite agree that it is interesting that each review would have different stand out tracks for them. Just shows the wide range of appeal TOSOD has.

    Come on Jive, show some muscle and push this album!

  18. embe says:

    Hey guys!

    Thanks so much for your lovely comments regarding my MKOP cover. I have to admit I’m like David in a sense that I hate hearing my own voice and in this particular case I feel like I don’t sound very good lol. I gonna have to record it in better quality sometime, and clear my voice before singing 😀

    Awestruck, I love the theme of this article, though I hate math 😛 I’ve given up on seeing reviewers as people whose opinion matters. It doesn’t. Not in today’s music world. Years ago critics actually had something useful and constructive to say, and they weren’t so biased. Now a reviewer’s take on an album is like asking my dog what he thinks of today’s society. The difference being, of course, that my dog is smart and his opinion matters.

  19. embe says:

    JR, you vicious woman you. You sent my MKOP cover to Snarky Archies?!?! AND you TWEETED Melinda AND David about it?!?! Geez, I can’t even keep up!

    I was pretty surprised to stop by Snarkies and seeing it there 😀

    • TOfan says:

      me too, Embe, lol, I spy Janey at the top of the thread! *busted* LOL

      Wanna hear your dog’s review now! 🙂

    • jackryan4DA says:

      I didn’t send it to Snarkies, HONEST! I promise.

      …. I just twitted it to David & Melinda… that’s true… Now if those who follow my twits saw it… well… that can’t be helped, right? 8)

  20. jackryan4DA says:

    I know that 6 seconds is nothing but 6 seconds of David?

    Well, I found out additional footage from the Wendy Williams Show, so if anyone is interested..

  21. refnaf says:

    hey all!!!

    Awestruck, great post! I confess to being a review virgin. Not only do I not care to much what others are saying, but I want my limited on-line time to be wisely spent, plus like you if I read somethong negative, it hurts. It is interesting to see the different standouts> “EVERY song on David’s album is listed at least once” and that does say that this cd is a great mix of great songs.

    Embe!!! you can sing it girl!!!!!

  22. TOfan says:

    AOL just tweeted these two teasers:

    @aolmusic: Calling all @DavidArchie fans: Today is going to be a good day for you… 🙂

    @aolmusic: Re: Lots of questions about the last tweet. Just keep an eye on @aolmusic today!

    Is it too much to wish for more AOL sessions???? *hopes*

  23. jackryan4DA says:

    A Day in the Life of David Archuleta

  24. jackryan4DA says:

    The article for the vid w/ the original vid here

  25. TOfan says:

    Thanks, JR!!! ♥♥♥ Such a cool vid!!!!!!! Can AOL be his label, they seem to really “get” David, don’t they? 😀

    And in the article, when the writer says David “instantly changed the vibe of the room” when he “strolled into the Jive studios,” I had to LOL that there was no need for a description of how it changed … we all know exactly how … where David goes, joy follows.

    Also found this really interesting:
    “There was a time when I sat down and thought for a long time and just made the decisions there: how I was going to respond to whatever happened, no matter what happened. This is how I wanted to handle things, and this is the attitude I wanted to keep. People are noticing what I’m doing, and this is how I want to come across.”

    How he can embody the innocence of Nemo one minute and the wisdom of Yoda the next never ceases to amaze me.

  26. TOfan says:

    Mini-blog (& more photos) from the videographer/photographer who did the AOL shoot/vid:

    “Here are some photos I shot for A Day in the Life: David Archuleta for PopEater. This was a great shoot – he is such a positive, talented young musician, and his energy and love for his work is infectious.

    We started the day at Jive Records, where he signed lots of copies of his new album, The Other Side of Down. We then documented the rest of his day, recording liners, doing interviews for, checking out his new “Archie App”, interviews with Associated Press, MTV (10 on Top and and MTV News with Jim Cantiello), and more.

    It was a blast getting to know him, and I can’t wait to see what he does next. You can check out the video documentary I shot, below.
    Source: &

  27. jackryan4DA says:

    Cos he is an aliiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiieeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeen TOFan. That’s the only logical explanation.

    See, am 48 yo. I am a logical person. I have a life. People come to me for advice

    So what the heck am I doing still up at 3:45AM, watching this vid and reading the article over and over again?!

    Can someone tell me why?

    And to think I haven’t experienced watching him sing up close like you guys did?!

    Goner much?

  28. jackryan4DA says:

    The photographer of the 1-day-in-the-life shoot twitted and blogged about David

  29. embe says:

    I feel you JR and TOfan. I’ve been late for work about 27 times because I’ve been reading through all the David fansites and watching his videos. Is that sane? I think not. But I couldn’t be considered sane regardless, so.

  30. awestruck says:

    TOfan – love this “How he can embody the innocence of Nemo one minute and the wisdom of Yoda the next never ceases to amaze me.”

    JR – your unrestricted enthusiasm is contagious I ‘heart’ you!

    Another one, or two bite the ArdhuDust

  31. abanana77 says:

    Loved the day in the life of David video! I’m super busy with school but I saw it was less than 3 minutes so I was like “why not?”.

  32. peppertara says:

    Thanks for a great post awestruck. Yes, it is interesting to read the reviews, as for me I do comment on the negative ones (and I agree, these reviewers don’t really listen to the album) to let them know that they don’t have the last word on David’s album…can’t help myself! Try and be polite of course but like to make my point! As for the math problem, haha……like David I just giggle and move on. 🙂
    A lot to catch up on for me still, been busy with good friends from out of town.

    Embe…..did get to listen to your cover of MKOP and have to say…what a lovely voice you have!

  33. refnaf says:

    “Cos he is an aliiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiieeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeen TOFan. That’s the only logical explanation.

    See, am 48 yo. I am a logical person. I have a life. People come to me for advice”

    (((((JR))))), perhaps a 12 step program for archuholics is needful, not that any of us want to be “helped”, lol. I am glad that you are always up…. and finding us vids and converting them etc…. so you can view your ODD as helping the needy!!

    peppertara, awesome that you can comment politely on negative reviews, cause you are right they do not have the last word. Kudos to you ((hug))

    Tonight is another live performance!!! Excited, maybe he’ll do something new off the album???

  34. refnaf says:

    My TOSOD Fan pack has arrived!!!! **runs to watch DVD**

    • Abanana77 says:

      Yay!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Took long enough! Seriously! TOfan, has yours come yet???

    • embe says:

      So happy for ya Ref!! Keep some nitros available while you watch it though. It’s HC stuff 😛

      • jackryan4DA says:

        Refnaf – are you ok? Are your paddles on stand by? Pls come back to us so we know if you need intervention.

    • refnaf says:

      Seeing David on the bigger screen was awesome, but I thought there was some new stuff on the DVD… so I was just a smidge disappointed, lol, no intervention needed, maybe after tonights gig.

  35. embe86 says:

    You know when you love a song so much you have to listen to it on full blast, even though it hurts your ears a bit… and you still feel like it’s not loud enough, like you want to hear every little detail and maybe even a breath intake here or there, just to feel the singer caressing the song into life..

    And then you just get lost in the song, like you had dived into water, and it’s kind of surrounding you and the water flows into your eyes and ears and nose and your every sense comes alive just for that song, that sound, and you feel the music like you feel the blood in your veins..

    and when the song stops you feel like something’s missing… so you need to play the song again… and even though you know exactly how the song goes, you know it by heart, you still get chills everytime you listen to it.

    That’s why I love David. I get lost in him everyday and I don’t want to find a way out. Ever.

    • abanana77 says:

      Wow, you have such a way woth words. I can never believe english is not your first language, because I would never be able to describe things like that! That’s exactly the way I feel. I end up turning my ipod up and up and up too loud because I want to hear absolutely everything. Probably not the best for my ears though 😛

    • refnaf says:

      (((embe)))) you are so good with words, thank you for this:

      “And then you just get lost in the song, like you had dived into water, and it’s kind of surrounding you and the water flows into your eyes and ears and nose and your every sense comes alive just for that song, that sound, and you feel the music like you feel the blood in your veins..”

  36. TOfan says:

    Embe, omyGOSH, how did you do that? That’s exactly what it feels like!!! Never loud enough, never played enough … never enough, period. sigh

    “That’s why I love David. I get lost in him everyday and I don’t want to find a way out. Ever.” *sniff*

    abanana, you crack me up, “Loved the day in the life of David video! I’m super busy with school but I saw it was less than 3 minutes so I was like “why not?”.” 😆

    YES!!!! I came home to my fan pack last night but LOL’d at myself for getting it. The cute little memory box (which can’t even begin to hold all my David paraphernalia! I need a Memory Steamer Trunk! :lol:)

    … and I haven’t played the DVD, isn’t it the same behind-the-scenes video we got with iTunes???

  37. refnaf says:

    Aangels from last night, performed at the Altar Bar!

  38. refnaf says:

    “and you feel the music like you feel the blood in your veins..”

    YES!!, this performance…>> I feel it and am mesmerized this morning. This song has always been one of my top “lift me up” songs, and he does it again, makes it fresh and more perfect than before…. seriously, his voice makes me very happy 🙂

  39. awestruck says:

    One of the most poignant Angels I have ever heard David sing… I would love an MP3

  40. abanana77 says:

    Ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh! Angels <3333333
    Was super excited when I got home last night to see that he'd sung it. Happier to watch the video this morning. 😀 I will never ever ever get sick of hearing him sing that song.

  41. MunkFOD says:


    “Angels” from last night was one of the best performances of David so far. It’s so simple yet so powerful. And to look at the emotion in his face and hear his heart spilling out … words can capture it. love it! love it! thanks for posting!

  42. awestruck says:

    My Hands

  43. awestruck says:


  44. peppertara says:

    Aw, what a treat to have videos of David’s wonderful performances last night. Angels…just gorgeous, stunning….always been one of my favorites by David. Like refnaf said…one of my “lift me up” songs, definitely for me too. I would love to hear David sing that song live one day, would just love it. All his songs were wonderful & My Hands…fabulous!

    Glad that everyone has now received their fan packs, or so it seems! Guess I was lucky, got mine on the 5th.
    Seems to be a lot of talk out there about David doing an Asian tour next year, would be wonderful for the fans there. Let’s hope they remember that Canada is still waiting in great anticipation too!
    Thanks for the videos, great way to start my day!

  45. TOfan says:

    Ref & awestruck, thanks for the vids, I haven’t been able to watch till now (torture!) … oh my … Angels *speechless* … My Hands, fell in love with it all over again.

    I’m with you peppertara, anxious for tour dates *cough*CdnOnes*cough* … and since the “Altar Bar” that hosted last night’s show was a converted Catholic Church, it renewed my hope that David will someday perform at Toronto’s beautiful Church of the Redeemer (Sara Bareilles did a show there last year). Here’s a pic:


  46. peppertara says:

    TOfan, that would be a gorgeous venue for David to perform at in Toronto. Hope it happens. 🙂

    So it looks like there could be another ustream chat coming up? (Melinda’s tweet from yesterday):

    @MelindaWEG Melinda Bell
    Should @davidarchie and I do another ustream from our nations capital this week?

    Of course on the last chat I kind of felt like an old fan amongst 1598 teens, haha. Still enjoyed it though!

  47. Serega huG says:

    розыскиваю поставщиков стафа

    товар недешевый и специфичный

    P.M. не надо, мессаги строго jabber

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