David Archuleta – ‘The Other Side Of Down’ Album Preview Clips

Check out preview clips of David Archuleta’s The Other Side of Down at Amazon.com.  The new album drops October 5.

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59 Comments

  1. I’m really liking Stompin The Roses, we got two sections of that.
    My Kind Of Perfect is a piano ballad! yay.
    Look Around sounds interesting. Wanna hear it in full.
    Good Place keeps remind me of another song in parts.
    Complain, does anyone else think that sounds a little bit country???

    I have to say, the songs all kind of have a different sound to them. Nice to see that. But again with LQ clips cant wait to hear them in full and good quality.

  2. archie fans, i heard something bout love here in New Zealand radio, i was surprise actually cos it was the first time (well, for me)… i don’t think ‘crush’ got much attention here…

    but just wanna tell you guys that.. for me, its a good thing

  3. frogcooke: Complain, does anyone else think that sounds a little bit country???

    No ;) But you knew I’d say that.

    I think I’m going to like this album way better than Archie’s debut. It’s grown up but not trying too hard to be grown up and the melodies seem really good. I can take or leave the production but I’m not a pop production fan so that’s just me. Emanuel Kiriakou tweeted that Falling Stars is the best song on Archie’s record and based on the clips I can see that being the case. Based on the clips I don’t understand why The Other Side Of Down isn’t the lead single.

  4. i think many will feel the same windmills. this cd is showing a very clear progression in growth from the debut – and that for me is a very good sign for david. imo, it’s becoming clear to his fans and those who have been actively following him and his career that he isn’t content it seems to want to be put into a musical box. not an easy thing to do in this age of dwindling cd sales and labels relying on the same old 2 formulas to craft and produce the music we hear across our airwaves, lol… crush 2.0 would be lovely to have preceding this cd, but i think he’s going for something much different here. whether or not it yields the same commercial results of some of his pop peers right now remains to be seen, but what it looks like it’s going to yield for him critically and artistically may be more valuable for him going forward. i want to hear him, and these songs from start to finish, in their entirety to feel and absorb the cohesiveness of this cd. snppets and clips and previews aren’t doing it for me – i want it all, lolol… like…. now. please hurry ;)

  5. Ahh they all sound awesome!! I seriously think “Falling Stars” is going to be the best on the album. Yay for a piano ballad at the end! I can’t wait to hear the full lengths! “The Other Side of Down” sounds really awesome, and I’m glad they put “Parachutes and Airplanes” on the album! The studio of it is really cool!

  6. No ;) But you knew I’d say that.

    hahahaha.

    btw there are parts on Good Place and Complain that sound similar to other songs, and its been bugging me.

    Also i really like how the songs are all kinda different in a way.

  7. They all sound good to me. Can’t wait for the album. Not picking a favorite yet. glad David is gradually inroducing songs @ these Live shows. Think the crowd last eve wanted to hear more!! Can’t wait for the album.

  8. Base on these clips, for me, the standouts are TOSOD, Stomping the Roses, Who I Am and Falling Stars.

    For me “Falling Stars” is the best song in the album. Tugs you deep in the heart. The melody,the lyrics, the production just awesome. I hope they release it as a single. It may well achieve the success of Aguillera’s “Beautiful”

  9. nyanyanie.. cool news! thanks for the info. i can’t even get dj’s to play david on my side of the planet! not yet anyway. :(

    Not sure but Complain kinda reminds me of a Carrie Underwood song.. or type of song. It’s very pretty.

    My Kind of Perfect is exactly that.. I absolutely love a strong piano presence in a song. Gorgeous.

    TOSOD… amazing.. they have to release that song.

    Look Around.. makes me wanna do jumping jacks.. ha ha! Awesome, fun.. song!!

    This is a WONDERFUL album! I’m so proud and happy for David.

  10. It’s so hard for me to listen to consecutive 30-sec clips… they all blur together. I think the final song, that piano ballad, and Falling Stars as well benefitted from a change in tempo and thus caught my attention. I like that Archie’s voice is front and center for some songs, but some of the pop production (backing track? drum beat? time signature?) was really similar across several of the uptempo songs. I may end up cherry picking songs I like, but I’ll wait til the inevitable full album stream on AOL or Clear Channel or wherever to decide.

  11. David Archuleta fans: Beginning this Mon. exclusively on @AOLMusic, stream his entire new album for free! Check back Monday for the link.

  12. I don’t know how I feel about these. I’m surprised he went in this direction honestly. There is so much falsetto, and that is not his strength, it sounds weird. And the Elevator song sounds like something the Wiggles would sing. I just don’t get it. He is so much better than this material.

  13. Oh after listening to the snippets couple more times, I now hear the country vibe of Complain. Love that song.
    I have to say, this album is superior than the first. The songs are catchier. Each song sounded different from the other. Different producers, different styles; make sense.
    I’m in love with “Falling Stars”. David should sing more songs like this. Songs like Bruno Mar’s “Just The Way You Are” AAhhhmazing

  14. I don’t know how I feel about these. I’m surprised he went in this direction honestly. There is so much falsetto, and that is not his strength, it sounds weird. And the Elevator song sounds like something the Wiggles would sing. I just don’t get it. He is so much better than this material.

    just an expansion on my thoughts from my previous post… bear with m, i’m caffeine deprived, lol

    he isn’t content, it seems, to want to be put into a musical box – for his critics, nor for his fans. sure, she does soul very well, he does rnb well, he does soulful pop very well. these are givens, and for someone as artistically driven as david, relying on singing and producing cd’s in those styles may seem to him somewhat lazy. and safe. for many an artistic soul, ”lazy” and ”safe” kills something in the creative spirit, and i’d personally never want david to lose 1 iota of the creative spirit that fuels him. it’s evident his current direction may not be as commercially accessible at 1st glance, may not be personally accessible at first listen to many fans.. david is very gently but firmly [and fearlessly] forcing many of us to review the paradigms in our heads regarding just who we thought he was as an artist, and a singer.

    crush 2.0 would be lovely to have preceding this cd, but the sound of crush would not have been a progression, other songs in the idol vein or the debut cd vein included on the cd would not be a progression, imo. he’s been there, done that. i think he’s going for something much different here. whether or not it yields the same commercial results of some of his pop peers right now remains to be seen, but what it looks like it may yield for him critically and artistically may be more valuable for him going forward.

    i want to hear him, and these songs from start to finish, in their entirety to feel and absorb the cohesiveness of this cd. some phases of his evolution may not resonate with some as strongly as others, but for me, as long as he is progressing, not content to fall into those zones of ”safe” just to appeal to and appease his fans or critics, then he is staying true to himself, and the artistic spirit that fuels him. his musical tastes and instincts are sharp, and they will only continue to get better, and better – like any true artist dedicated to their craft.

  15. Dang, Mariah Carey encouraged him to use more falsetto, and he is actually getting better. I listened to Falling Stars and it combined his more manly powerhouse and falsetto well. Very nice.
    He is a male version of Kelly Clarkson who can really belt out. But at 19, he doesn’t want to be identified as a power belter and this album shows who he wants to be known as an artist and person NOW. It will be interesting to watch his musical journey.

  16. I understand an Artist wanting to stretch and experiment and to ever evolve…but I also understand that this type of “defining oneself” is not always the way to economic and creative success. David is still trying to form a fan base, he is still trying to pull in new listeners, and he is definitely competing with a whole host of other Singers. What’s wrong with relying on the tried and successful for a few albums…at recording songs that have a built in listener base because peeps have enjoyed it in the past.

    Same, same may not be what a music afficianado wants but it sometimes sells CDs and, better yet, it continues to sell the Artist. I’m not thrilled with the snippets from the album and I don’t see it or David blasting forward into the social consciousness…and I would think that is still the goal of every newbie that is trying to derive a place in the recording heirarchy.

    I may be proven wrong but I don’t think this attempt is going to solidify David’s artistic future…it just seems a bit weak and childish for me.

  17. I listened to the 30 sec clips. I was hoping for a strong, climactic, inspirational or insightful song, like Miley Cyrus’s The Climb. David has such an amazing voice–he could completely deliver on a song like that–but none of them are like that. Kind of a waste. My thoughts:

    I liked: The Other Side of Down and Good Place. I’m looking forward to hearing those entire songs.

    I didn’t like: Look Around and Complain because of the lyrics. There aren’t any in Look Around for 30 whole seconds and the chorus of Complain was okay but the verse–yuck. So lame. “Have you ever believed that it’s just not your day, that the world is against you, no we’ve all felt that way.” Such simple lyrics, no imagery, no wit or real insight. Compare: “hang on, hang on for the ride of your life; it’s gonna be alright; hold on tight.” Now those lyrics are WAY better–using the imagery of the carnival ride for day-to-day life–awesome.

    I don’t mind: Something ‘Bout Love and Elevator. They’re catchy–like Fireflies last year. And they use some wit and/or imagery. The Elevator as the ride of life is nice, but some lyrics seem like throw away lines just to make a rhyme. “Empty box full of air, I don’t care.” If he doesn’t care, why is he singing about is?

    I might like if I heard more: Stomping the Roses

    Seems like child pop: Parachutes and Airplanes, Who I am–I’ll skip these songs every time.

    I don’t know about these romantic ballads, falling stars and my kind of perfect. Falling Stars seems like a song that a songwriter’s been trying to sell for a while and now this guy from Amercan Idol is doing it. My kind of perfect–maybe if I didn’t know that he’s never had a girlfriend it wouldn’t sound so weird to me.

    Complain and Things are gonna get better are country songs, so that’s odd. You can’t just add a finger snap or claps or drums on beats 2 and 4 to make a song pop.

    I’ll probably buy the album because I like David so much and the kids won’t mind it in the car, but if I didn’t feel invested in his career from his year on AI, I might download a song or two, if they were released as singles and if I was aware that they existed.

    I hope this is a successful album for David, because sophomore slump isn’t just saying, but I don’t think it’s going to be.

  18. it just seems a bit weak and childish for me.

    I’ve heard the entire CD and the only song that I would consider “childish” is Elevator. Definitely not one of my favorites, there are several songs on this CD that are very good. I think that David has a very good second effort here. Whether he garners additional fans, well that will be interesting to see.

  19. BTW–I’ve seem some complaints from fans about Jive, but I think they’re really pushing this album. The cover is about 1000 times better than the previous two, and David is getting some appearances (maybe that’s management, not Jive helping there). An ad on Nickelodeon (sp?) during October and a real push on the radio stations would be great. I wonder if the label will come through?

  20. wait, you’ve heard the entire cd?
    ———–

    what do you mean an ad on nick in october? o.O; (ah wait i read that wrong, LOL). but yeah.

    Well the only so far TV thing he has is Regis, which would be management. Which we still dont know who he has or if anything has been finalized.

    Most of these concerts are radio shows, so that would be the label’s part. Also most were already set up when SBL was still gaining spins and most were/are stations already playing him. But they havent really been doing anything with the singles and i havent seen any new radio promo come up… elevator doesnt even have an adds date yet!

  21. I’ve heard the entire CD

    Are you “in the know?” How do the insiders feel about the CD? Is David getting the label support he needs?

  22. I can’t judge until I hear the whole songs. I’ve hated/loved clips before only to feel the complete opposite when I heard the whole thing (Adam’s WWFM being the prime example) so I’m gonna wait.

  23. Yeah Tina, I know exactly what you mean. I’ve liked most of the clips so far, but even then its hard to tell really. But good news, full cd on monday on AOL. :D

  24. I like the clips. I think this album will be much more satisfying to me, an adult fan, than his debut. (And I loved his debut.) There’s just so much more here, lyrically and musically.

    I loved the live performance of Elevator last night and really loved the feel of Falling Stars — David’s voice can sound so magical on songs with interesting melodic compositions.

  25. I think my favorites are going to be TOSOD, Falling Stars and Stomping Roses. I’m excited to see David – again – take a different path and is putting out something different! He’s got years on his side. He’s young and has the time to feel out different genres! Now, Spanish album coming up next! I’m just in awe that he can do this and and not be boxed up to any certain genre!

  26. Are you “in the know?” How do the insiders feel about the CD? Is David getting the label support he needs?

    Not “in the know”. Pre release demos have been distributed in the last couple of weeks. Archuleta fans will be very satisfied with this CD. Whether radio picks up any of the songs, that is the question. I think there are 2-3 songs that are radio friendly, potential top 20, but there has been a lot of resistance from programming directors. Not sure who was responsible for selecting the first two single releases, I personally do not think they are the best cuts from this CD.

  27. Not sure who was responsible for selecting the first two single releases, I personally do not think they are the best cuts from this CD.

    The Other Side of Down and Good Place both seem quite a bit stronger.

  28. Most of these concerts are radio shows, so that would be the label’s part. Also most were already set up when SBL was still gaining spins and most were/are stations already playing him. But they havent really been doing anything with the singles and i havent seen any new radio promo come up… elevator doesnt even have an adds date yet!

    I don’t understand Jive. if they advertise it, it will sell. And not just with ads in TigerBeat and the Justice catalog.

  29. Ahhhhh, can I just say it again? I LOVE FALLING STARS.

    TOSOD is close second but it may change when I hear to whole CD

  30. I dont know what Jive is doing either. Half of me think they are/were/going to wait till the whole management thing is totally set. No idea whats going on with that. The other half just says Jive is stupid and really havent been doing good with lots of people’s eras.

  31. ^^^
    I don’t know. To me Jive is doing its part it’s just that Radio is not willing to play Archie. If iCarly’s song “Kissing You” and that Disney girl Selena gets some decent spin on radio, I don’t get why Archie’s songs doesn’t get any respect. Is it because Archie is not cool enough? Crush did well but I think the song is just awesome or was there any under the table going on then?

  32. I dont even think they are doing much… lol THey did a bit for SBL, but then cut that off for whatever reason and didnt decide to push more… and elevator… i dont think they’ve done much for it. At least that got on disneys pick it or kick it, sbl didnt even get that. But they havent palyed it yet(they played crush today for the first time in a while though). Right now it doesnt even look like they are doing much at all. *shrugs*

    Seems everyones got complaints about jive lately.
    I’ve kinda given up trying to make sense of what they are and arent doing…

    I dont suppose you could elaborate on the resistance part brewster… probably not eh?

  33. Do you guys know who some of the writers are on these songs? I’m just curious which ones are the Claude Kelly ones or other big name writers.

  34. If iCarly’s song “Kissing You” and that Disney girl Selena gets some decent spin on radio, I don’t get why Archie’s songs doesn’t get any respect. Is it because Archie is not cool enough?

    Disney is a really powerful label. They just have so much money. And Nick records is Columbia. I think Jive is a cheap label, honestly. People with a big following (Usher, Britney Spears) do fine with Jive because their celebrity is enough for people to hear the singles. Jive’s crappy advertising and unwillingness to push singles is killing the newbies and idolers whose celebrity wanes. I own Kris Allen’s album, and it’s a really good CD. If Daughtry’s first CD was on Jive I bet it wouldn’t have sold like it did on RCA.

  35. Frogcooke,
    Having listened to the entire CD just a couple of times I would say the songs that stand out to me are the title track, the Eman song, Falling Stars, and Who I Am. I would only be speculating as to why David does not get radio play. In my part of the country, even Crush, a moderate hit, didn’t get a lot of spins.

  36. Do you guys know who some of the writers are on these songs? I’m just curious which ones are the Claude Kelly ones or other big name writers.

    Claude and Eman’s songs are Falling Stars and Complain. <-Only 2 David didnt co-write
    Sam and Sluggo co-wrote/produced SBL
    Lady V(Victoria Horn) co-wrote Look Around
    Shelly Peiken co-wrote on Elevator, Who I Am, Good Place
    Joy Williams co-wrote Other Side Of Down, My Kind Of Perfect
    Bryce Avery co-wrote Stomping The Roses

    Thats just what i know off hand LOL
    Most had several co-writers involved, but i just listed main people.
    —-

    Ah ok Brewster! Thanks :)

  37. Unable to play the snippets. Why, oh why? but i know i will like it after listening .

  38. the never ending battle between art and commerce, lol…. david has said time and time again that it isn’t about writing songs with ”smash” in mind, or chasing the numbers like we all are and have been conditioned to do. i’ll be the 1st to raise my hand to that – guilty as charged, as are most of us who follow the careers of idol alums. sure, there has to be a certain level of financial and commercial benefit off any project for the label to retain you, and of course the more people exposed to and like what you’re offering, the greater the odds you will increase your base of fans. for those of us who follow david, it should start to become very clear by now that his vision of who he is, and the direction he intends to follow for his career is different than those we’ve projected upon him – perhaps even what jive et al have tried to project upon him. we all would love, i’m sure, to see everything just smash up the charts, every song to be just perfect for our subjective tastes, but it doesn’t always work like that. i have no doubt that what he is doing will help cement and solidy him artistically, as a growing singer and songwriter. the question we all must ask ourselves is are we willing to give him that kind of artistic license, and hang in, or cut bait and run, on to safer or seemingly more greener pastures. i’m sticking, cause i see and sense the foundation being laid, and won’t attach his value or worth to me as an artist and a singer solely on the numbers.

  39. I think this album will be better than his first one and I really liked his first album. I really like TOSOD and Falling Star and I still like SBL. I do not understand why that song is not a hit on the radio. I already pre-ordered my album. I just love his “Voice” and I think he makes any song sound good.

  40. I wasn’t going to post mostly because I don’t feel like I know as much about the “music biz” as many of the poster here seem to but I have followed David since I first saw him on AI7 and am one of his older fans. After listening to the snippets, from when they were first given to us by David in his videos, and now, I have to agree that David is taking us in a totally new direction from Crush and this is NOT Crush 2.0. If it were a Crush 2.0 – I am sure we would be seeing some commenting on how it is the same old stuff. At first, I was a little nervous – I love the first CD — have many favorites on it to this day. After listening to today’s snippets, I am very excited to hear the entire CD. I won’t say that I am in love with all of the songs I have heard so far but snippets are just what they are – snippets and am sure songs will grow on me. I think David is young enough to be allowed to explore different genres — as some have said, they hear a bit of country in some songs, etc. I have decided to be as open-minded as I can be with this CD and follow David on his journey – which I am sure will be a long and exciting one.

  41. Tess:
    09/24/2010 at 1:48 pm
    I understand an Artist wanting to stretch and experiment and to ever evolve…but I also understand that this type of “defining oneself” is not always the way to economic and creative success. David is still trying to form a fan base, he is still trying to pull in new listeners, and he is definitely competing with a whole host of other Singers. What’s wrong with relying on the tried and successful for a few albums…at recording songs that have a built in listener base because peeps have enjoyed it in the past.

    Same, same may not be what a music afficianado wants but it sometimes sells CDs and, better yet, it continues to sell the Artist. I’m not thrilled with the snippets from the album and I don’t see it or David blasting forward into the social consciousness…and I would think that is still the goal of every newbie that is trying to derive a place in the recording heirarchy.

    I may be proven wrong but I don’t think this attempt is going to solidify David’s artistic future…it just seems a bit weak and childish for me.

    Wow, for a second there I thought you were talking about Crystal.

    I think that as a singer who saw success as a teen, David has less flexibility/time to solidify his earlier success by repeating what brought him success initially. Rightly or wrongly, the public and critics do not respect most teen performers and tend to pigeonhole them as “teen idols” singing bubblegum pop. The only way he can realistically break out of this mould is by putting out the album that I think he is now putting out. This is an album that is more mature sounding and stretches him as a singer. The critical response to Elevator has so far been better than the fan response. This album will distinguish David from the Jonases and Biebers. In the long run, I think this is for the better. Teen idols just don’t have a long shelf life, regardless of how successful they may be at the moment. Even Miley Cyrus recognized the need to turn away from her past. David, of course, is not prepared to sing in his underwear or dry hump a pole so the Miley strategy for image change is just not available to him.

  42. Tess: I would add that for older singers like Adam and David Cook, they should absolutely repeat what brought them success early on. I just don’t think they have to deal with the “teen idol” stigma (along with the former Idol contestant stigma) that David A. does. So, they should absolutely produce a FYE2 and DCTR2.

  43. spencer: I have to agree that David is taking us in a totally new direction from Crush and this is NOT Crush 2.0. If it were a Crush 2.0 – I am sure we would be seeing some commenting on how it is the same old stuff… I think David is young enough to be allowed to explore different genres — as some have said, they hear a bit of country in some songs, etc. I have decided to be as open-minded as I can be with this CD and follow David on his journey – which I am sure will be a long and exciting one.

    Good points. Thanks for your thoughtful post, spencer.

  44. the songs are fine but i really cant see any of these songs being a hit or the album selling more than 500,000 copies

  45. that would be excellent – in this new environment of declining cd sales, gold or 500k is the new platinum, so 500k would be jump for joy good.

  46. Well, you can count me as one of the David A fans who has been lukewarm to what I’ve heard so far. After listening to the clips, I feel much better and hear music I’ll like and some I’ll even love.

    I can definitely hear growth here, but nothing so out of left field that it feels jarring.

    Thanks, brewster, for your perspective. It was most appreciated.

    Even though I’ve spent my share of time worrying and fretting about sales and charts and spins, it’s no longer a concern for me. I’m done with all that. I’m happy if he’s happy. Happy he got the chance to record another album and get the experience of participating more in the process and certainly happy he has gotten to express more of his POV. Whatever happens, I’m happy for that and I’m happy there is music on the album I can get get into and enjoy.

  47. the songs are fine but i really cant see any of these songs being a hit or the album selling more than 500,000 copies

    I feel the same way every time a hear any song from Adam. Fortunately for fans of Adam, my opinion is only one opinion – just as yours is only one opinion. These song snippets are hardly enough information for us to doom an entire album.

  48. I’m happy if he’s happy. Happy he got the chance to record another album and get the experience of participating more in the process and certainly happy he has gotten to express more of his POV. Whatever happens, I’m happy for that and I’m happy there is music on the album I can get get into and enjoy.

    That’s exactly how I feel. It’s obvious to me that David and the label have come to some agreement that has allowed David a substantial amount of creative input on this album. I’ve heard David speak about a third album, which I would guess the label will take back creative control if #2 does not do well. I wouldn’t be surprised if David takes a break after #3 to spend time on some personal activities and to take time to reflect on all he has accomplished and to plan his future.

  49. The clips never really helped me in deciding if I like an album or not. I felt the same way on his first album. I ended up loving Archie’s first and second album so I know I am going to love this one. This is the more quirky-down-to-earth-guy-next-door kind of album. It fits David’s personality to a tee. It is sooooo very David. Right now I am digging “Falling Stars” a whole lot and that would be a great potential single in my opinion but all of the songs have potential. I also love TOSOD, STR, My Kind of Perfect, SBL, and Who I Am. So basically half of the album right now, lol. :)

    I don’t know how many of his fans have stayed with him and how many fans he has gained in the past few years but all I know is that I want my copy NOW! I know David is probably heading into a more organic type of vibe but who knows? This album is still very diverse. I hope Jive promotes him because I want him to continue to have success. He is one of the only runner-ups from idol that is still with their labels right? So his label still believes in him for now. I will cross my fingers and toes and hope that sales will be good if not great. Hopefully the sales will be amazing of course. :) I still think that Jive needs to push “Something ‘Bout Love” more, it really is a great song. I guess Jive is releasing dual singles to test the market.

  50. I love this album alreadyyyyyyy!!! I love every songs and im gonna some more cds for my fam and friends….it is soooo beautiful and so worth it!!!

  51. Late to this thread, but I wanted to officially post – I really like a lot of the songs! My favorites are actually a lot of the more up-tempo and mid-tempo songs.

    I love: Look Around, Parachutes and Airplanes (which I didn’t like live the first time)
    I really like: Good Place, Stomping the Roses, Complain, Falling Stars
    Didn’t hate anything, but the other songs were less interesting to me

    Have lost all judgment about Something ‘Bout Love and Elevator but I liked them when I heard them the first time.

    I’m very happy for David that this is the album he was able to put out – I think it has his voice all over it.

    Also, this showed me that clips don’t let you know what you’ll think of a song. I totally tuned out Look Around from the clips but found it addictive full length.

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