David Archuleta – ‘The Other Side of Down’ – Listen to a Full Stream!

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David Archuleta’s third studio album comes out on October 5.

ETA: Just finished listening to the entire album. The Other Side of Down is another step–no a huge leap–toward a self-assured adult-oriented sound for David. The album holds together as a work in a way the 2008’s debut did not. A big evolution for David, for sure. I am really impressed!

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108 Comments

  1. omg!omg!omg!!!!

    this album is soooooooooooooo perfect for me….i love everything and i’m so happy and proud of david!!!!

    good place, tosod and look around are my ultimate jam….weeeeeeee!!!!!!!!!!

    congratulations david archuletaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa!

  2. So far so good. I’m liking it. Any big radio hits? I dunno, I don’t listen to Top 40.

  3. Yeah Good Place is one of my favs as well.

    I love Look Around even if it was a bit weird when i first heard it. Curious to hear the itunes pre order track. Both are songs co-written/produced from Lavdy V and Matt Squire so should be interesting.
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    Boots, no idea. lol But the rate Jive is going, it wouldnt really matter. lol

    For CHR, Look Around would be my pick. From the production and the repetitive chorus it has. They like that kind of thing.

    Stomping the Roses could be good too. I think Good Place is good for HAC as well, it seems quite pop/rock and close to what i listen to.

  4. The Other Side of Down is another step–no a huge leap–toward a self-assured adult-oriented sound for David.

    Yeah its a step. I think he was talking about that in the something pitchy interview. Where he didnt want to just leap from point A to Point C without stuff inbetwen.

  5. Good Place has the exact hook of Sara McLachlan’s Adia. I knew it sounded familiar.

    I really think SBL is the standout for CHR. They should have pushed it a lot harder and coughed up the payola.

  6. I like individual songs on the first album, but you can tell they came from different sources, and they don’t necessarily hand together as well – especially when compared to this new album. I think having David write on it really helped unify the music and themes.

    So I listened to the entire album and here are my rankings:

    LOVE = Look Around, Parachutes and Airplanes
    REALLY LIKE = Good Place, Stomping the Roses, Complain
    LIKE = Falling Stars, The Other Side of Down, Something Bout Love, Elevator
    OK = the others

    I want to give a special shoutout to Look Around which is sooo addictive to listen to – what a brilliant chorus:)

  7. sr4, *le sigh* i know right. Poor SBL, jive, you screwed up.

    Also Good Place has the same beat thing thats in Crush. lol

  8. I wonder if Jive will release Look Around. I’m loving that song!

    Whatever happens with this album, I think it’s a fantastic effort. David covers a very youthful sound and manages to include enough maturity to show us where he’ll end up… eventually.

  9. I agree about it being a step up. Even though it’s not the kinda of music I’m gonna listen to, i think it’s really better than the first one and more grown up, and not with the same beat over and over again. Still aimed to pop and the pop beats, but it just feels less copy of the 90s and less tweeny.
    I actually liked Good Place. And I enjoyed Complain too.

    Something About Love was good to represent the album, which I don’t think Elevator is. I think it was the best one for radio. But Look Around and Who I Am, also seem to have that sort of beat, although not as catchy, imo. (those are probably the three songs I liked the least, but I do think they’re the best for CHR)

    I am bit surprised you can’t find a good ballad. Falling Stars is nice, My Kind Of Perfect is bland and goes nowhere, Things Are Gonna Get Better is more the inspiration kind for American Idol S10… but there isn’t one strong ballad to push those vocals. I like when David sings ballads.

    Oh, and I really like how he sounds in The Other Side of The Down. I like that chorus. lol

  10. MJ.. I just read your thoughts on the album. I’m glad you liked it and I’m also floored that Jive allowed David to put this album together.

    Is it me or is Complain a seriously solid track? I think that it could do well in Country radio. To me it has a Rascal Flats vibe.

  11. I think this is quite a good album. Loved listening to the whole thing on AOL! Regarding a strong ballad, I think those will come on a future album (as he ages), and he also has a Spanish album to do probably. So let’s see….so far we have a debut pop album, Christmas album, sophomore pop album…..and yet to come, perhaps a Spanish album, and then probably the 3rd pop album with even more mature pop themes (as he becomes more experienced) plus some strong ballads maybe and ummm…heck he could probably do a whole album of the strong ballads, originals and covers, but doubt that one would come anytime soon, but who knows, lol….time is on his side!

    I too appreciate hearing your thoughts on the album MJ, thank you!

  12. a huge leap–toward a self-assured adult-oriented sound for David.

    thanks for summing it up perfectly mj. this is exactly the type of artistic progression i personally was hoping to hear from him this go round, and tosod delivers. those hellbent on keeping him stuck musically in 2008 will lose out on a very well crafted work, one unexpected from most idol alums… he is still in a growth arc musically, but this cd is hopefully going to demarcate him further from other teen singers he is so casually lumped in with, and hopefully continue laying the foundation for even better things to come. it does hold together very cohesively from start to finish, each song spotlighting a different facet of his talent. it isn’t a one note cd, or a replication of the debut, but like i hoped, shows definite signs of growth and progression from the starting point. well done, well done david. going to listen again, and again, lol… can’t wait to have this baby in me greedy little hands.

  13. My Kind Of Perfect touches my girly heart in a BIG way! To me it’s a bare bones ballad that perfectly captures a romantic sentiment. I adore this song and to me it doesn’t need a crashing orchestration. It’s perfect and as you can all see, David really delivers on this song in concert. I just love it! lol

    “Oh, and I really like how he sounds in The Other Side of The Down. I like that chorus. lol” — I agree with this comment Leome! TOSOD is incredibly unique and uber catchy!!

  14. This is not my type of music, but it does sound like a solid album. I’m not a fan of this type of production but the songs themselves are good. It sounds more like what I expect David A. to sound like. Crush wasn’t the right sound for him, imo.

  15. Loving Good Place….bigtime. And Things are Gonna Get Better, for personal reasons.

  16. oza902:
    I wonder if Jive will release Look Around. I’m loving that song!

    I like it a lot too, but it really sounds more like a summer song to me.

  17. After listening to the album in it’s entirety, I have to say this is one solid album. Each song stands in itself with it’s own personality. I love all the songs, some more than the others. My favorites are:

    1. TOSOD
    2. Falling Stars
    3. Stomping the Roses
    4. Something ‘Bout Love
    5. Look Around
    6. Good Place
    7. Who I Am

    But I like the rest of the songs too with special mention to “My Kind of Perfect” that’s one heck of a ballad. What a BEAUUUUTIFUL face lol

    Something ‘Bout Love definitely represented the album so much more than Elevator.

    IMO, if Elevator was produced with an electronic sound like Look Around and Something ‘Bout Love with an electric guitar mixed in much like TOSOD it would have kick as*. The acoustic guitar accompaniment just doesn’t give this song justice.

    Still great album overall.

  18. Seven of these songs are on constant repeat for me, and the other five I like quite a bit. Look Around and Good Place just really, really hit me hard. I love the two romantic ballads, too, for different reasons. So happy for and proud of David.

  19. I am so in love with this album. It is really David! My top favorites are My Kind of Perfect (I shed a tear), Falling Stars and TOSOD. I can’t wait for his solo tour.

  20. What a diverse, and yet cohesive, mix of songs for David. They are unexpected and fresh, and I really like them. The lyrics and messages in the songs are surprisingly refreshing and mature.

  21. This album is amazing. I like every song, which never happens. I was trying to group them into best, then really good, etc., but I realized there would be like none after really good. My favorite is Falling Stars. And I think TOSOD, Good Place, Stomping the Roses and Parachutes & Airplanes are amazing too. And I love the ballad, My Kind of Perfect. And then Who I Am, Look Around, TAGGB, Elevator, SBL, and Complain are all really cool and really different. And that’s all the songs! Seriously, they’re all so good! I could play this CD and not want to skip over any of them.

    Someone else pointed out the Crush beat is in Good Place..and yes I definitely hear it in the beginning!

  22. I wanted to give the album a full listen before commenting. I love it. I think the album achieves a really good balance between the indie “singer-songwriter” sound and the heavy production sound that is so popular in pop radio today. I thought that this would be David’s “My December” but I think it is far more commercial sounding, with songs like Look Around, Stomping the Roses, Good Place and Who I am being the standouts in that regard in my opinion. And Something ‘Bout Love should have been a hit. This album is closer to Kelly’s second album than My December. The fact that David had a hand in writing 10 of the 12 songs is impressive. I also am really impressed at how David was able to maintain a consistent theme throughout his album. The songs really seem autobiographical, being about a young person dealing with the challenges of pending adulthood. Clearly lots of thought was put into song selection for this album. With a little promotion, I think this album will do very well.

  23. What’s not to love about this album!? So many fantastic songs! I’m very impressed with David’s writing skills at age 19! He co-wrote all but 2 songs on the album. As he has stated, the songs give us insight into his personality! Can’t get enough of Stomping The Roses, Good Place and My Kind of Perfect! Can’t wait to get this album on 10/5! Well done David!

  24. IMO, if Elevator was produced with an electronic sound like Look Around and Something ‘Bout Love with an electric guitar mixed in much like TOSOD it would have kick as*. The acoustic guitar accompaniment just doesn’t give this song justice.

    Great point you just made, i always said that the problem with ‘Elevator, was the production and tbh is the only one song that don’t fit too much with the rest in terms of production.

    The songs really seem autobiographical, being about a young person dealing with the challenges of pending adulthood

    Beautiful description , thanks :)

  25. I think Jive did a Very good job choosing the songs for the album, i can’t say the same for the singles, and i impressed with the fact they took the risk of give that too much creative freedom to David, what confidence they have on him and his talents, i hope they can see their work recompensed in terms of sales, but i hope they can restart the process and pick a good single this time.

    My favs TOSOD, Good place, Who i am, Look around…….is very difficult to pick just one LOL

  26. Going to give this a listen… my 5 yr old is currently dancing around the room to “The Other Side of Down,” it’s a good start :)

  27. So we know if nothing else we’re buying “The Other Side of Down” the song – my 5 yr old loves it and is making me play it again. And I’m toe-tapping along with it too. I like this a lot so far, sounds very true to Archie which is great.

  28. OK, on to “Elevator” – 5 yr old has his toy t-rex dancing and singing to it. I honestly hated this song the first time I heard it… it’s growing on me, kinda catchy and quirky.

    (Sorry to do this song by song but with little kids in the house I may have to vanish at any point and I might forget to post later hahaha).

  29. “Stomping the Roses” has not only a dancing T-Rex but a dancing Spinosaurus too! BTW, my 5 yr old is my music kid, he LOVES music that he can shake his skinny little booty to. I really like this album so far, impressed!

  30. i will definitely buy this CD. hope when the reviews come out, the critics are kind.

  31. LOL at your quite literal play by play, tierbee. I’ve noticed that while streaming the album, Elevator really fits within the playlist. Maybe it helps me ‘get it’ more? I don’t know. But I was up and down on that song (LOL) and when playing the album I’m more up.

  32. I like “Who I Am” – don’t love it, it just doesn’t really grab me. One of those songs that I wouldn’t skip over but it wouldn’t make me go, “Wait, turn that up!” If that makes sense. 5 yr old has left the room, guess it didn’t grab him either. The good news is the Spinosaurus is no longer dancing on my head. Ow.

    The even better news about my 5 yr old heading out of the room is I can listen to “Falling Stars.” Very pretty! Archie has such a beautiful voice. What does this song sound like? It reminds me of a song… that I can’t think of. It will come to me in the middle of the night and I will sit up and shout out the name of the song and scare the heck out of my husband (I put “heck” there in honor of Archie rather than a cuss word, lol).

  33. I dont imagine Spinosaurus make for a good head massage… lolol

    I didnt notice falling stars sounded like another song, or at least one that ive heard. lol But I’m not the most musically knowledgeable person out there.

  34. Oh gosh(tm-archie) tierbee, you reminded me that my husband told me I was singing in my sleep the other night. (Too much listening to a certain new set of songs.)

  35. Only David would name check his A&R guy in a song. I can see all the tween girls googling “Jeff Fenster” after listening to Who I Am and wondering who the old guy is. :)

  36. Trying to listen to the rest with a constant stream of chatter from the 5 yr old who has found a big bag of stuffed animals that I was going to give away and now, of course, he *must keep them or his heart will break.* But I will say that I did not buy the last album, just a few songs – and I think I’m going to have to buy this one, it is very very good and it does hold together beautifully. Haven’t decided what my favorite is yet… but I like it a lot. Go Archie!

  37. If he ever sings that song for a national audience, he can insert the name of the host or co-host. (I don’t care if Reg&Kelly are calling, I don’t care if Ellen is calling. I don’t care if …)

  38. Awww great to hear Tierbee! I cant wait till cook has new music out. That needs to happen. *shakes fist*

  39. it really is lovely. Its kinda of understated but he sounds gorgeous on it.

  40. You know what I’m really happy for Archie. He’s worked out a compromise where he’s singing about topics that are meaningful to him but he’s combining that with contemporary pop production bells & whistles. But even with all the production Archie’s phrasing is non-robotic like so much of the pop stuff is these days. In fact it’s got a little bit of jazziness to it a la Natasha Bedingfield and it’s my favorite thing about his new album. I disagree that something more electro would’ve been better for Elevator. I hate electro for one thing ;) For another IMO it enhances the quirkiness of the song.

    I’ve got the feeling media critics are going to think the album’s got too much lo-cal philosophizing and that it’s trying too hard to be deep. But IMO if they say that then that’s missing the point and thinking in terms of boxes as far as what pop singers and people Archie’s age should be singing. I don’t think Archie’s really trying to prove anything about how adult he is or whatever. I just think he’s singing about things he can relate to without trying to make some grand statement. More sophisticated than fairy tale love and teenage breakups but not acting like he’s an adult who’s got tons of experiences to write about. Hopefully I’m wrong about the media critics too.

    The melodies are all sweet and catchy and perfect for Archie. The lyrics show a guy who’s growing up. Very serious. Sometimes I think the lyrics could use a little bit of a lighter touch and could be more original but I think Archie’s young earnestness makes it all endearing. You can tell it’s who he is and that’s what makes the whole album tick.

    My favorites: TOSOD, STR, PAA, MKOP

  41. LOVE David’s new CD!
    Has a wonderful flow… of course just my opinion but there seems no way to confuse David with Justin Bieber anymore… young, fresh but still a sense of his love for many styles of music and not just current ones… feel a bit of 80’s in there in spots?
    Enjoyed all the songs with quite a few popping out at me as favs…
    My Kind of Perfect
    Look Around
    The Other Side of Down
    Falling Stars
    Who I Am (ha just for the Fenster comment!)

    Congrats to David and his team as this CD is fabulous! Nope not dorky. immature at all…
    …… as a matter fact his vocals are wonderful, love the writing and the musicality
    as well as the production.

    ha… he’s my new Billy Joel, Elton John or ohhhh Sir Paul!

  42. I’m loving the album and was able to follow the lyrics via Snarkies posting. As a David fan I felt like the songs helped me to know him that much better and I could feel a pride in him knowing how meaningful the process and the songs mean to him. I remember he started the process prior to making his Christmas album, then took a break to finish and tour with that, write a book and then got back to the album traveling between Nashville, LA,and New York. I followed him every step of the way via twitter, vlogs, fan sites etc. It is a beautiful thing to see and hear the finished product, which only gets better as he shares these songs with us through Live performances,vlogs explaining the meaning behind writing each song. Can’t wait to get my own copy to play in the car etc. His songs to me sound better than most I hear on the radio and BEWARE even Elevator can get stuck in your head and is definitely a crowd pleaser in concert as are many others of course. Thanks MJ for your view and faithfully posting David A news. Also enjoying hearing what others have to say.

  43. The more I listen to all of them the more I love them! Right now Parachutes & Airplanes is sounding really awesome.

  44. I am in love with this album. Every single song is good. My favorites so far are

    Good Place
    My Kind of Perfect
    Things are Gonna Get Better
    Stomping The Roses
    The Other Side Of Down

    and I love them all equally so I can’t say which song is my absolute favorite. At least not right now.

  45. I was not feeling this fluff-pop music, dog. Adding a little R&B back beat with some echo to try and make it more hip and edgy was forced and almost laughable.

    Seriously, I know a lot of young kids will probably be into it, which is fine, but to me it’s utterly forgettable dreck.

  46. I love it! I also think it is a lot stronger than the first CD.

    I really like how David’s amazing voice can be clearly heard, rather than drowned in production (which was my big issue with the first CD)/

  47. Wow!! I really love this CD! A great improvement over his first CD and I liked that one too. But TOSOD is so much better….so much more personal. You can really feel that David had so much more imput on this one. The songs still have a “Pop” feel but more mature and personal….like David.

    Falling Stars and MKOP are such beautiful ballads (tears and goose bumps for me)…I believe they could both be radio friendly as well. I love the sound of the choir toward the end of TAGGB. Also love the title track and STR!

    So much to love!! Congrats to David on this wonderful sophmore CD….hope that there’s many more to come!

  48. Ive listened to the album twice now. A solid sophmore effort from David. I especially like Complain and yes it does sound a bit country. There are a few songs that won’t get high rotation, but overall, I liked most of the tracks. It’s something that can be played in my business without fear of having explicit lyrics (talk about potential awkward moments while dealing with customers) or inappropriate themes. And let’s face it, the guy can actually sing so that’s a big plus.

  49. I love pop music, I like that Archie went pop, he’s young. The issue for me dawg, is that some of the songs sound very similar to other songs. Like really similar.

    Good Place is so similar to Sara Mclaughlin’s Adia. ‘We are born..innocent’ and ‘These are words..I wanna say’ are almost exact.

    Parachutes and Airplanes starts off like Matt Nathanson’s ‘Come on Get Higher’ and segways into ‘Breakeven’. ‘Parachutes and Airplaaanes’ = ‘I Fall into Pieeeces’. Know what I mean?

    I haven’t really analyzed lyrics, I’m just going on melodies and I find that most songs remind me of other songs out there. Which may be a good thing for radio, but also something I’m sure the critics will comment on.

    I’m left with ‘I know I’ve heard this’ before when listening and I did listen twice.

  50. Parachutes and Airplanes starts off like Matt Nathansen’s ‘Come on Get Higher’ and segways into ‘Breakeven’. ‘Parachutes and Airplaaanes’ = ‘I Fall into Pieeeces’. Know what I mean?

    I don’t hear the “Come on Get Higher” in it at all..and besides the “I Fall Into Pieces” part I don’t see it resembling Breakeven much elsewhere. PAA is one of the best songs on the album IMO, and in listening to it I didn’t think of any other song. It has a super catchy chorus!

    I do agree on “Good Place” though..I knew I heard that melody before, and I looked at the Adia song on YT. Still think GP is a great song though. His is more up-beat.

  51. I haven’t really analyzed lyrics, I’m just going on melodies and I find that most songs remind me of other songs out there. Which may be a good thing for radio, but also something I’m sure the critics will comment on.

    I dont think its a bad thing…

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QpB_40hYjXU

  52. Yeah, I’ve heard this discussion before. So many songs out there. Not sure it’d be possible to have a song not remind you of another song.

    Frog, love that video. Thanks!

  53. I love PANDA, but I can’t help think that it would have been a better studio version if it was sped up just a tad. It seems like David gives it more personality in his live version than what i’m hearing on the cd. I guess that lies in the production area?

    It’s a shame, Elevator, seems to be the red headed step child of the cd. I have nothing but love for that quirky song. I love the tempo and that hawaiian twangy Mraz feel and that drum rolling in there.. lol Sorry, i’m probably not the best person to describe a beat. :)

    MELODIES galore on this cd.

  54. I know im in the minority but im really not impressed with it. I am a fan of David and his voice sounds very good but the songs are bland and generic. I really can’t see any airplay of this album so I’m a bit worried that jive might treat David like they did Allison and give him very little promotion.

  55. I love the album. So proud of David. It is a lot stronger than his first CD.

  56. I love every single song on this album, it’s fresh and upbeat. The melodies and lyrics are earworms, I’ve been playing it in the background all day. Musical taste varies, what others hear as bland (albeit in the minority) are works of art to others like me.

  57. hmm… loving Look Around a REAL lot… well all the songs.
    almost as if each song has a different vibe?
    Ahh….
    thank goodness he did not follow the Top 40 formula!

  58. I absolutely adore this album! Nothing bland about it all! I’m no teen either. I say Bravo David, you have done an incredible job of showing who you are in your music. Love the melodies, the vocals…fabulous, many unique songs on the album. Have to say thank you David, finally, a young artist who can put some substance and meaning in their songs and still sound fantastic and get people dancing and moving. David has given us some great, positive lyrics in his amazing music. Can’t help but sing along to The Other Side Of Down (love it) and some of the others and many of the songs are so heartfelt and real, way to go David!
    My Kind of Perfect is a beautiful tear jerker and very David. Think I love this album with a passion.

  59. Everyone has different musical tastes (how else do you explain justin bieber?). For me this cd is epic in it’s ability to draw me in and keep me there, making me want to listen over and over again. David’s voice speaks to my soul, whether it’s raw and real (MKOP) or processed (SBL). I have never listened to a cd in my life in which I liked EVERY song, yet I do here. The lyrics are so personal as well. I think it’s brilliant and extremely heartfelt and gives us a glimpse of what David will bring us in the future as he continues to mature and define himself. I plan to be there for this ride.

    I’m keeping my fingers crossed that David’s new mgmt will do right (“wright”) by him and get him the recognition he deserves and this cd deserves. Jive is pretty much a failure.

  60. David is a terrific vocalist and one of the finest persons on the planet. He was given the opportunity to put much of himself into this album. For a relative novice at songwriting, I have great respect for his effort. David is young and inexperienced, unfortunately many of the songs reflect that. Too many of the songs suffer from simplistic, repetitive lyrics and weak melodies. I am wondering if some of the songs could have been better if David had minimized the falsetto or brought it down an octave. The beauty of his rich, deep, lower register is mostly non-existent on this album. My hope is that he is given the opportunity to work with experienced songwriters and producers. A voice like his needs to be paired with the best songs available.

  61. Reminder:

    The answer to a poster who disses YOUR Idol is NOT to diss THEIR Idol. Any long time poster should know that I moderate those types of posts.

    Permanent moderation is the next step.

    ETA: And for newbies, my guidelines. If you have questions, email me.

  62. I have not listened to most of the songs, only SBL (which I absolutely adore) & the live recording of Parachutes & Airplanes another song I really like. I am going to wait until the CD is released on iTunes and listen to the rest for the first time at work just like I did with the Christmas album. I was so glad I waited, because the impact it had on me is and will always be quite indescribable. Can’t wait to get the deluxe fan version in the mail….soooo excited for that!

  63. Good Place gets my vote for best song on the album

    I really like it also.

  64. I flove “My Kind of Perfect” and “Falling Stars”. Wow! I love the album. Archie’s voice is front and center and it is beautiful. David can sing the A-B-C’s and it would still sound amazing. This is a big step moving toward the right direction for David. STR is addictive as well as TOSOD.

  65. I’m not a huge fan of this type of music, but I like how his voice is more prominent and natural than his first album. Nice step forward and I hope it gets better promotion.

    Probably not buying the album, but just the first two songs — very catchy and toe-tappy :)

  66. As a fan, I’m most happy there is so much David on this album, surprisingly so. People may not respond to David as a person or connect to his POV. And that’s fine. Personally, I’m just really thrilled he got a chance to present so much of his personality on an album at such a young age. Is it a masterpiece? No, but it’s a solid pop album and does represent a great deal of growth for David as a singer and artist. I’m not even entertaining the airplay and all that. I’m just enjoying the album and chatting about it with other fans. Come what may, I really like the album and am happy David clearly got to participate so much in the process. Whatever happens, he has learned alot and can take all that with him for future projects. Well done, David and congrats!

  67. Brewster may be on to something here; however, I do think the album is a big step in the right direction. This project feels much more composed and cohesive than the last one, and the sound definitely leans more HAC than last time. I’d give it a B/B+.

    Standouts:
    TOSOD
    FS
    STR
    COMPLAIN

    Non-Starters:
    Elevator
    LA

    HoustonRoufus23: You’re “not entertaining the airplay and all that??” What does that mean, lol? You don’t care about radio, or that you are resigned to the fact that radio doesn’t care for David?

  68. oh my, i am going to hit play “The other side of down” all night long.

  69. Khomphuong, I was in a TOSOD (the song) vortex earlier, but this afternoon I started playing Falling Stars and can not stop.

    Some of these songs get better on repeat. I didn’t like Look Around all that much to start and then something about it really caught me.

  70. Omg!! It’s past 10pm and im still listening to the whole album!!! Tosod album is absolutely gorgeous…so beautiful from start to finish!!! Omg!!! I can’t even explained how much i adore this…..so brilliant!!!

    Good place is pure love bcjfjyfcbmkhklicu&$@(.$7^#{{^€&gt!!!
    Tosod, str, complain, falling star & look around are simply amazing!
    thank you david for this wonderful album!!!
    Congratzzzzzzz!!!!

  71. I believe HoustonRoufus23 was referring to the fact that she isn’t going to dwell on radio play/sales, etc and just enjoy the music. The numbers will come in time and it will be what it will be. (I hope I got your gender right HoustonRoufus23!)

    Of course Davids’ fans care about radio and all that.. but we are not program directors and can’t force radio to play David…and we can’t get him on Oprah or on magazine covers, etc. (we wish we could!!) So we, the fans, revert to supporting the artist and enjoy the ride.

    Personally, I can’t imagine this cd not doing well in the long run. I just hope David’s new management takes the bull by the horns and gets some national visibility for him.

  72. The critics are going to say what they will. I’m not worried about them. I hope David doesn’t either. I LOVE TOSOD and all its Davidness!
    He’s worked super hard and has been involved with most of everything it took to put together this jewel of an album. I am extremely proud to say I will be supporting the sales of this gem. Congratulations to David and his team!
    And to think, he’s only 19 and producing these kinds of songs, can we even fathom what will happen in a few years with the super-talented David Archuleta? I can’t wait.

  73. BTW…make sure your listening with a good set of earbuds. The computer speakers just don’t give you the right VOICE effect! :grin:

  74. I’m impressed with the quality of David writen skills, this simplicity, but playful , sometimes unromantic and quirky , but at same time sincere and heartful way to express the feelings ,is refreshing . I really think is an accomplishment for him to portray his thoughts about the expectations and optimisme in the future life on his lyrics.
    I guess is safe to say that this is for David his equivalent of the ”Rose periode” of Picasso , you know ‘cheery style and the generally upbeat and optimistic mood of the painting”.Eventually he’s gonna have his Blue periode too.
    Teens,young adults and even people who are in situation where they are feeling the need of restart some projets in their lives, can easily relate to this lyrics (Who i am, look around,MKOP, TOSOD and i can tell that they are many in this situations and with this needs.

  75. Of course Davids’ fans care about radio and all that.. but we are not program directors and can’t force radio to play David…and we can’t get him on Oprah or on magazine covers, etc. (we wish we could!!) So we, the fans, revert to supporting the artist and enjoy the ride.

    I’m one of the fans who cares about the radio, but this era started in a very messy way LOL, they still having the time to correct some issues in the process and now with an official management i guess, hope and wish that gonna be easy and we gonna see the results soon. :)

  76. Yes, ngl. I care alot about radio, too. And sales. But fans can only do so much, and the people who get paid to promote their artists need to be doing their jobs. That’s all.

    I just finished listening to these songs, and I am very impressed. Love, love, love Good Place. Oh my gosh! Love the emotion put into My Kind of Perfect, and David’s vocals are just stellar there. Also loving the beats, harmonies and quirkiness of TOSOD, TAGGB, Falling Stars, Stomping the Roses and Who I Am. Not real crazy about Look Around, Parachutes & Airplanes and Complain. But what fan loves everything, right?

    I am so so proud of David right now. For the mere fact that he accomplished his goal in showing us who he is, as both a person and an upcoming songwriter. That’s what he wanted to do, and he did it. Like MJ said, he’s shown sooo much progression in this album, that it’s not even funny…I don’t know what will happen as far as radio and sales, or where his songs fit in. But he’s developing into a true artist, and that’s what matters most to me.

  77. Late to party, after a horrible day @ work… not that you care…

    And I like this album more than I though I will like it… Great surprises like Complaint, TOSOD, Good Place… and I really like the studio version of Parachutes and Airplanes, wich is a big surprice cause I didn´t like the live version… I still like Elevator and Something About Love… less production is more quality for me…

    I´ll said that my favorite song so far is My Kind Of Perfect… lovely and simple…

    Nice work David….

  78. I just listened to the whole album. I agree that it’s a big leap from his first album in that his own work shows his huge growth as an artist and a person. Each song is different feel, but the whole album is cohesive. Congrats! Let’s see how much Jive and his mgmt promote the album.

  79. I´m completely in love with David´s The Other Side Of Down. My absolute favorite is My Kind of Perfect, then Falling Stars and Good Place… I love ballads! But I just adore The Other Side of Down, the song, and then Parachutes & Airplanes, Elevator, and then SBL, Stomping the Roses, Things are Gonna Get Better. So I have 9 favorites, the other 3 are just ok to me.

    I dont think its a bad thing…

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QpB_40hYjXU

    Thanks, Frogcooke, for such a funny video!

    Found this one which also tries to demonstrate that a lot of songs are the same four chords…
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G-trzbxMcK8&feature=channel
    The Pop Medley

  80. It a good effort for a 19 years old, but compared to other albums from the real world, it sounds quite amateurish, and doesn’t show much artistic character.

  81. My favorites are Good Place, TAGGB, TOSOD, Falling Stars,STR, and still SBL. I still think this album has songs on it that are much better than any music I hear on the radio. If they can promote some of those songs to be big hits than David should have at least a couple of hit songs. The only album I will buy this year will be David’s.

  82. I heard maybe the first 3 songs before the player conked out. And now I am at work. So I have to weigh in later for a full opinion, but I did like what I heard. Stomping the Roses was my favorite so far.

  83. springboard:
    09/28/2010 at 6:40 am

    It a good effort for a 19 years old, but compared to other albums from the real world, it sounds quite amateurish, and doesn’t show much artistic character.

    What exactly is “the real world”? This comment confuses me.

    I’ve loved what I have heard of this album so far, but I’m biased in that I believe David has the best voice to ever come off of Idol.

  84. The real world would be Kesha singing about a drug induced love and something about shutting up and a d**k combo.. and let’s not forget the “puma” singing about how romantic it is to have teenage sex.. cuz we all know how good and romantic that is.. lol

    That’s the real world sophistication, I guess.

    Just because songs aren’t about sex, drugs or domestic violence doesn’t make it an amateurish effort.. imo.

  85. i agree oza902 and that is soooooooooooo sad… :(

    anyway, im waiting for my shipping confirmation from the mothership and i’m soooo excited…woot!!!

    tosod is a winner in sooo many levels and i will support this in my own little way….share the loveeeeeeeeeeee to the world…lol!

  86. I was thinking EXACTLY that this morning, oza and mhel. That we can hear lots of songs about ‘getting some’ in the club or backseat or kindergarten coat room (wish that joke was as outrageous as I think it is) or wherever. We can have albums full of those songs and top 40 radio play lists full of them, but people are so conditioned to hearing this theme that they don’t notice the lopsidedness of it.

  87. Just because songs aren’t about sex, drugs or domestic violence doesn’t make it an amateurish effort.. imo.

    I think the effort is a little amateurish because the whole thing is about how life is sometimes bad, sometimes good, it will always get better, sometimes things are great (yay!), look around! Enjoy all of these ups and downs. Woah oh oh. It needs some humor or irony or an interesting point of view or something. Musically, its fine, not great, nothing has stood out as particularly bad or amazing. David sounds great (except for the chorus of Elevator). I don’t know if it will make much impression on people who aren’t already fans of David.

    It’s possible for a song to dig a little deeper into human experience without talking about sex and drugs. (My personal favorite album by a 19 year old is Paolo Nutini’s debut)

    ETA: OK, I actually kind of like My Kind of Perfect. The song right before it made me throw up in my mouth a little bit, though. I think I’m too cynical to enjoy Archie’s music.

  88. I heard that he wrote with top notch writers and producers. I am sure they know what’s out there in the real world. But Archuleta wanna do his own thing, creating/experimenting diverse sound of POP. He is a quirky little rebel. lol.

    Good Place got a pop/rock sound and I am loving it. His lower voice w/power certainly displays a different side of his voice compared to the lighter pop, showing off the versatility of his ability.

  89. We can have albums full of those songs and top 40 radio play lists full of them, but people are so conditioned to hearing this theme that they don’t notice the lopsidedness of it.

    Pretty profound!

    I listened twice, the first time I was a bit worried. I liked most of the songs, but I was trying to listen as a top 40 listener. But then I thought to myself, listen again, as a music lover. When I had that mindset all was good. I am tired of worrying about what is gonna play on radio, or what will sell. I am more interesting in if something brings me joy, or makes me dance, or brings a new perspective. This does that for me.

    I keep hearing the critique about simple songs. For me, the songs that endure, and linger, are the simple songs. Also, where is all of this complexity everyone is hearing, certainly not on top 40 radio. This cd is so much more David, and I can imagine him really sinking his teeth into the material as the months go by and having some really nice performances for us in the upcoming months. I am definitely going to have a hard copy in my collection.

  90. I think the effort is a little amateurish because the whole thing is about how life is sometimes bad, sometimes good, it will always get better, sometimes things are great (yay!), look around! Enjoy all of these ups and downs. Woah oh oh. It needs some humor or irony or an interesting point of view or something.

    Yeah, I could see wanting some more expansion in the themes. It could use a little bit of humor or irreverence. It needs at least one left of field to round things out, I think.

    That said, I still think this is a good album. It’s very different from his last. Nice collection of songs here. I don’t think the production is amateurish as much as it is appropriate for the vibe he’s going for – I think he wanted a lighter, less controlled (? not sure that the right word) sound. Or at least that’s what it sounds like to me.

    Good Place is so similar to Sara Mclaughlin’s Adia. ‘We are born..innocent’ and ‘These are words..I wanna say’ are almost exact.

    Parachutes and Airplanes starts off like Matt Nathanson’s ‘Come on Get Higher’ and segways into ‘Breakeven’. ‘Parachutes and Airplaaanes’ = ‘I Fall into Pieeeces’. Know what I mean?

    I can see Good Place/Aida now that you mention it! But I think Look Around/Breakeven is seriously pushing it though. LOL

  91. i think it’s a nice pop album. I still prefer David’s voice over the music though. I don’t have time for a 2nd listening but the one i liked most is Elevator – love the acoustic guitar riff in it

  92. Kitwana,
    I smiled at the name, too. This song was written in a taxi-cab.
    ‘Who I am’
    Out the window everybody’s on the phone
    All the lights are on and they’re all in the zone
    Gotta take a step back from my new ringtone
    I don’t care if Jeff Fenster is calling
    Days like these
    It’s hard to breathe
    ————
    Jeff Fenster is the senior vp of A&R for Jive.

  93. This cd is so much more David, and I can imagine him really sinking his teeth into the material as the months go by and having some really nice performances for us in the upcoming months. I am definitely going to have a hard copy in my collection.

    I think that’s what I’m liking about this CD. His personality just seems to come through more on this album than the last one (and I liked his debut). Yeah, there are some filler tracks that I may skip but for the most part it’s a really solid effort. Even Elevator is beginning to grow on me. :) I’ll be picking this one up next week.

  94. I can see Good Place/Aida now

    It is identical for under two measures, but the end of the chorus is so great that I forgive.

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