David Archuleta - David Archuleta

2009-01-30 15:51
 
David Archuleta (SonyBMG, 2008)
 
And in David Cook's pageboy, the annoyingly named David Archuleta, they have found the perfect piece of pop cuteness to pull this off. One look at the post-rejection success of Jennifer Hudson and Chris Daughtry is ample proof that revenge is probably the best way to heal a broken dream.

Eighteen-year-old Archuleta may share a name with his "nemesis", but where it matters, the two are very different. Where Cook trades in drowned in guitars muscle rock, Archuleta cuts a dandier figure (not in a Clay Aiken way though) that flaunts his sweetly matured voice and classic pop leanings.

In his super-long liner notes (allegedly 3 500 words in length) he thanks (along with his church, BFFs, various hangers-on) a few of his musical influences, namely Natalie Cole, Stevie Wonder, Eva Cassidy, John Mayer and Jason Mraz. And he has certainly chosen them well.

The soulful tinge in his big hit "Crush" starts the album off a melancholic note, but as soon as the chorus hits, goosebumps are guaranteed. And, admittedly, it's rather adorable that an 18-year-old boy has a song about nursing a crazy crush on a girl while sounding like he really, really means it. The so-soppy-it's-endearing "Touch My Hand" is his best song. It's got a lovely bit of falsetto action going on in the chorus, the piano melody is pure Coldplay, and you can just picture teenage girls going gooey whenever they hear it. Archuleta also does a pretty decent cover of Robbie Williams's played out "Angels" (which Archuleta performed during Idol).

Like a Jonas brother with the wrong surname, and a less ambitious stylist, David Archuleta will steal your heart with his catchy pop confessionals.


Behind every American Idol winner, there is a pissed off runner-up, desperate to stick it to Simon Cowell and his cronies and become an even bigger star than expected.

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Annie 2009/01/28 4:07 PM
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Yup, yup, yup, his album is awesome genius pop! And his name sooo is the right one and not annoying at all, lol! Love him! Can't wait to see him on tour which starts end of February. YAY!
maecy 2009/01/29 10:47 AM
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what can is say except..david's the best and the cutest american idol
terry 2009/02/02 12:37 PM
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LOVE HIM! Been listening to his CD non-stop. He's cute and has a great voice. Crush is my favourite song!
Yentl 2009/05/22 5:05 PM
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Crush is an amazing song. He may not have won, but I think he deserved first place.
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