Yes Musiqtone has ads.  But once upon a time, ad revenue each month more than met our minimum operating cost.  And also once upon a time, we relied on site donations.  And now we need your help again.  Your donation should be considered as an investment into the outlet, from our technology needs like server and upkeep costs and also ultimately the kind of independent and quality music journalism we offer, but we cannot completely do it if we cannot afford to send our people out into the field to cover events and get the inside scoop!  If we could get everyone to donate $5, $10, this thing would be over in a day.  But we'll settle for some of you to consider helping us...so please consider, any amount help.  No, ANY INVESTMENT will help.
Musiqtone.com
Loading
Advertise With Us | Contact Us | Write for Us | Where To Find Musiqtone.com
Twitter
Facebook

Monday, September 25th
The Critics Corner: Albums
David Cook
David Archuleta- David Archuleta


Ballads dominate somewhat conventional debut
David Archuleta Name: "David Archuleta"
Label: Jive/Zomba/SMG
Release Date: November 11, 2008
My rating: 4.0/5


Review written by: Kelly Ryder
If you're an avid 'American Idol' fan, you couldn't have missed seventeen year old David Archuleta face David Cook in the Season 7 finale back in May of 2008.  While Archuleta didn't beat out Cook for the title, David proves himself to still be worthy of being an American Idol with his self-titled debut album 'David Archuleta,' which hit stores on November 11, 2008.  The album is filled with a slight variety of genres while pointing mainly towards the pop scene, which is commonly seen from past American Idol winners.

The album opens with Archuleta's first single, 'Crush'.  The song is a catchy, pop-flavored song mainly geared towards the tweens and teens going through the long, awkward process of finding love.  The song was definitely made-for-radio, which generally means whether you like the song or not you will catch on to the song and find yourself involuntarily singing along.

'Touch My Hand' and 'A Little Too Not Over You' are both appealing, made-for-radio songs that might become annoying after too many radio plays.  'A Little Too Not Over You' will be the next single from the self-titled album.

'My Hands' is definitely one of the most creative songs on the album lyrics-wise.  The chorus starts with "But it's harder to hold on to your hands and the hands of time/I need a hand, girl, I'm trying to hold on/Losing strength in these hands of mine", giving the song an added boost of creativity.  But speaking of creativity, the titles of 'Touch My Hand' and 'My Hands' are far too similar and a little more creativity could have been put into naming those songs.

As expected, David has a few ballads on the album as well.  In fact, nearly half of the album consists of ballads.  Some of these include 'You Can', 'Don't Let Go', and 'To Be With You'.  'To Be With You' has background vocals from new American Idol judge Kara DioGuardi and is one of the most powerful songs on the album, showing off his wide vocal range.

The album ends with one of the American Idol favorites, 'Angels', originally written by Robbie Williams.  The song, while being one of David's favorites performed on American Idol, sounded better live on American Idol than it does on the album.  It's safe to say that David took more risks to impress the audience and judges panel on Idol, something he did not have to do when recording the song for the album.  John Lennon's 'Imagine' would have been a better fit for the album closer.

Overall, David Archuleta's self-titled debut album might be exactly what you would expect from the Season 7 American Idol runner-up.  The album is basically filled with made-for-radio songs, but Archuleta does a good job working with what he could.  David stated in an interview that he wanted to be able to explore different genres to see what fit him best, but Jive Records seemed to put a hold on his exploration because in the end the album can only fit under the pop genre, geared more towards the tweens and teens.  If you're a fan of David already, you won't be disappointed by this album, but you will probably not be able to spot much of a difference in this album compared to his expected sound labeled by the media.








Cristina CarrazzaKelly Ryder is the regional head for the South/Southeast region at Musiqtone.com. You can contact her at kellyryder@musiqtone.com or fill out this feedback form below.
Give feedback!
Your first name:


Your last name:


Gender



Date of Birth



City


State or Country


Zip Code


E-mail Address:


Put your feedback!



Albums
Concerts
Pop/rockers and duo of openers bring down the house in the Windy City

Guest reviewer Becca Rosano was front & center at the Here Comes Trouble tour as it rolled into Chicago's House of Blues.

Popular pop/rock trio raises the roof in NYC


Melissa was front & center at the Honor Society show at NYCs Fillmore at Irving Plaza.

First major tour begins with a bang in Wisconsin

Amy checks out the first major tour of the year as Ludo & This Providence hit Milwaukee, WI.

Indie/underground alt-rockers wow hometown crowd

Atheena goes almost 8 hours west to Lincoln, NE to check out their hometown band's show.

The Veronicas makes rousing return to the US

The Australian twins made a loud return to the US and Cristina was there to see it all.

Copeland/Lovedrug @ Boston

Amanda reviews the Boston tour stop for Copeland, Lights, Lydia and Lovedrug.

More concert reviews


Hosted by Dream Network LLC 

Flash player is needed for the Musiqplayer for audio and video.  
Musiqtone is hosted by Dreamhost LLC.

© 2002-2012 Musiqtone. All Rights Reserved. All content the property of Musiqtone and its partners/contrbutors.

Free website monitoring service