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
Top40.com/About40.com: 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
Suite101.com: Track-by-track review
The Paparazzis.com: MKOP
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!
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. AOL.com’s “A Day in the Life of David Archuleta” video (on YouTube thanks to JackRyan4DA 🙂 ) with original full PopEater article HERE.