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Saturday, November 8, 2008

Amy's album review.

It gets really stringy towards the end because I sorta lose my will to review. :D Click the photo for the review.

Dave's gonna take anyone who disses his album.
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Touch My Hand

Voice: I love his lower register here! And his falsetto! He hits like, all ends of the spectrum, and I think I just revealed HOW LITTLE I KNOW ABOUT SINGING. But he's so low and deep on the verses and then suddenly he goes all HIGH -- "all be OVER" and I'm like, OOH LA LA, yes, sir. I also enjoy how he sings "people" and "somethin' 'bout your beautiful face" and the "sparkle of a million flashlights, a wonderwall of staaaaaaaars." He pronounces some words so beautifully.

Music: I love the music. A lot! I love how it feels like it needs more guitar -- I'm expecting more guitar. But there's not, and it's this happy, catchy, uplifting piano and I sooo just wanna see David at the piano, rockin' and boppin' to this, but I know he'll probably forgo the piano and be reaching out to touch hands, and you can't do that at the piano. But oh! Can't you just see him, like, shimmying in his piano seat, bobbing his head and rockin' out hardcore?

Lyrics: This is probably my main issue with the song, in the way that they are...cheeeeesy. But I do love the second verse for some reason, so much more than the first. "I see the sparkle of a million flashlights, a wonderwall of stars"? "Wonderwall of stars" is probably my favorite line from the whole CD, mostly because it makes me think "Wonderwall" by Oasis and I love pretty much any song with stars in them. I don't know why. It's my favorite subject matter.

Highlights: A wonderwall of stars. His falsetto at the end! "Somethin' 'bout your beautiful FAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAACE." Gorgeous! Gorgeous!

Any gripes? Eh, the lyrics, "Try to reach out, touch my hand. Reach out as far as you can." It feels so goofy to me. I dunno why. I like, "Can't let the music stop, can't let this feeling end," but the "reach out as far as you can" rhyming with "hand" seems soooo contrived to me.

***


Barriers

Voice: AHHHH. Don't even -- I don't even know where to START. From the first "yeeeeeeah, mmmmmm" -- AHHHH. "Chokin'" "hittin'" "broken'". AND HE PUTS THIS REGGAE TWIST ON "eyes." EYESUH. And then, and then -- "WELL, THERE'S A TIME FOR GIVIN' UP, DIDN'T WANNA HAVE TO SAY IT." And "LOCK!" and "CRIMES!" and "TEARS!" and the "ooohoooh" before "BARRIERS." Like, this is AWESOME. And "creepin' in the doubt." Oh my gosh. "But, baby, I don't THINK so." And then he says "car" all British-like, and the second "didn't wanna have to say IIIIIT." He put in all these little runs and David twists, and it makes the song SO HIS, even if it's not a song you'd normally think he'd sing? And -- AND THE WAY HIS VOICE CRACKS -- "Now we keep runnin' into, been tryin' just we JUST can't break through, I know I'm gonna keep wishin' I was with yooou, but we just gotta STOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOP." OH. SO EMOTIONAL. And it "feeeeeeeeeeeeeels so gooooooooood." And his "tooooOOoooOOOOOO many liiiiiiiies" at the end reminds me of his part in "Seasons of Love." Like, really, I think this is PERFECTION. PERFECTION. His voice is AMAZING here.

Music: I can't even pay attention to the music because I'm too busy listening to David. I like the underlying piano. And the rat-tat-tat drums Kim mentioned in her review. And I like what sounds like a triangle in the background -- a little "ping" "ping" and then a random...it sounds like a violin? I don't know instruments; all I know is this song is AMAZING.

Lyrics: OK, some of these lyrics are a bit cheesy, BUT IT MATTERS NOT, because he sings them SOOOO emotionally. Like, he could be singing nonsense to me, and I would think this is amazing. This is so good that I don't even pay attention to the lyrics. However, the subject matter makes me think of "Burn" by Usher -- you know a relationship isn't working even if you don't wanna leave that person. I will say, though, that some of the lyrics imply a...deeper relationship than I would have imagined David singing about. For example, "lying here" and our "last final goodnight"? I will assume they are lying in a park, underneath the stars. Yes. And singing together is what "feeeeeeeels so good." :)

Highlights: THE ENTIRE SONG. But the BIGGEST highlights might be his runs at the end and the way his voice just BREAKS with emotion on the bridge. Huzza huzza!

Any gripes? NONE. A+++++++++++++++++

***


My Hands

Voice: I love his voice here. It's kinda husky, and again, you can feeeeeeel the emotion. He brings the perfect amount of feeling to the subject matter. He comes across as kinda flat, sad, matter-of-fact -- and then the chorus happens and it's like "OHHHHH, please hold on to his hands, girl!" I love the "caaaaaaaaaaan." I really believe he tried every way he can. I love how he says "clock" and "channel-uh" and the random "uhs" throughout the song. Mmm, yes. And the second verse, "I'm outside in this cold, still lookin' for you, oohhhhhhh." OH. GOSH. SOMEONE, HUG HIM. BB IS HURTING. I DO NOT LIKE BB TO HURT, BUT HIS VOICE IS INCREDIBLE WHEN HE IS HURTING.

Music: Love the music! Love it. This is my kinda song, the tempo and whatever is going on here, it just -- it's the kinda of music that draws me in, and I think it blends beautifully with David's voice. Nothing really stands out to me, though, except for the guitar right as he's saying, "It's harder to hold on." It's kinda frantic and awesome.

Lyrics: These are amazing lyrics. They tell a story. The time metaphors in the first verse, all about stopping time. A lot of people missed that because of the sorta ridiculous nature of the time stoppage -- watch behind the tire? Alarm clock inside the fireplace? But the lyrics actually make it very clear in the second verse -- "anything to show time has gone." I feel like this is a song anyone can relate to, as well, especially a senior in high school, or anyone else on the verge of a new life. You're afraid of moving on and losing what you already have and love. It's really kinda of beautiful.

Highlights: The Weather Channel reference and chorus, ahhhhh. Actually, all the lyrics. So amazing.

Any gripes? None. This is definitely one of my favorites. I adore it. It gets me every time.

***


You Can

Voice: I love the tone and warmth of David's voice. I love his enunciation -- the way he says "tomorrow" and "askED" -- hard consonants. And his voice is so vulnerable and mellow and sweet and sincere and it just fills me up inside. There's no over-singing here. Just simple, clean...and the vulnerability. It's not raw, it's too smooth to be raw. But there's a rawness here.

Music: There's so much I love about this song. I love the guitar. It's absolutely gorgeous. I'm really surprised Jive let such a pure acoustic song on the album, but it's really a dream. David's voice is just so FULL against an acoustic backing. I'd love to see him sitting on stage, playing the guitar.

Lyrics: This reminds me of the concept behind "One Sweet Love" by Sara Bareilles. It's not about a certain person -- it's about that perfect love. It's about waiting on that perfect love and being afraid and vulnerable about maybe not finding that love that you want so, so bad. Basically, it's perfect for David, who's said before that he doesn't really GET high school relationships, that he's waiting for the right time and person. I am just so impressed this song fits that so well.

Highlights: My favorite parts...oh gosh, definitely right at the beginning, the opening. It just fills me. The "mmmmmm" is so delicate and warm, and the opening lines are just spectacular. I ADORE this part: 'Cause if anyone can make me fall in love, you can... Baby, when you look at me..." How the chorus flows into the verse? Oh GOSH. The falsetto at the end is spectacular because it's riding on the smoothness of everything else. And the ending line, meeting the opening lines? Oh oh oh, spectacular.

Any gripes? I have issues with "sailing in your deepest eyes." This makes no sense. It's sung beautifully, but sailing is a poor verb choice. Floating would have worked better. You don't sail in someone's eyes...?

***


Running

Voice: I love his voice on this kind of music, mostly because I think this is the type of song all those naysayers would say he couldn't do. Any song that starts out with the word "maaaaaafiaaaaa" does not seem like a David Archuleta song. But he owns this. I don't really feel the emotion here, like I do in My Hands and Barriers, but his voice sounds kinda rough and raw here, too. He also enunciates less here, but it goes with the feel of the music. I don't really have any specific vocal parts that stand out to me. I like the falsettos and his voice. I think it's awesome how well his voice blends with this kind of music, too. OH. I like when his making all the "OOOOOOOOOOHS" at the end. It kinda gives me chills.

Music: I really love the music here. It seems very simple to me -- piano and guitar. But the beat is R&B; or something.

Lyrics: "I got my good shoes," "I'm about to navigate straight to your heart" -- AHAHAA, LOVE IT. I love it! I love how some of the lyrics don't really scream DAVID to me, but neither did "With You" and I loved David on that song. At least there's no "lil mama" and "boo." I'd love a "boo," though, not gonna lie.

Highlights: "I'm gonna navigate straight to you." AAHAHA.

Any gripes? None!

***


Desperate

Voice: His voice seems deep and lush on this. I love how he sings "IT'S TIME TO FAAAAACE IT." "You can't go back, you'll fine your way" makes me think he could sing rock surprisingly well. Rock out, sugarplum!

Music: ...not a huge fan of the music. Sounds like a really dramatic video game, though! It just seems to dramatic to me, but the song is dramatic, and I do like to hear what David sounds like on this kinda song. But it seems soooo dramatic. Best example I can come up with is it seems Linkin Parky to me.

Lyrics: I am curious what David uses to relate to this song. I bet a friend. That is usually all I can think about when listening to the song -- "I wonder what David is thinking about."

Highlights: Nothing really stands out too much to me.

Any gripes? Maybe just how dramatic the music is, but I think I'm the only one who feels this way. :)

***


To Be With You

Voice: I love how simple and contained his voice is here. Very little embellishment, and it brings a very real sweetness to this song. He's singing so delicately, but strongly, and it's gorgeous. I almost must confess I love the way he sings, "Wonderin' how you look in this light." It sorta gives me chills. It's really beautiful. I like Kara's voice, too. She's a great singer. OH, and I LOVE how he says "restless road." Ohh, chills. And he says "journey" beautifully, too. OH, and "HOLDING YOU FOR THE VERY FIRST TIME, NEVER LETTING GO, WHAT I WOULDN'T GIVE TO FEEL THAT WAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAYuh." OH. That WAAAAAAY. The way he ENDS it. It's so RAW and ohhhhhhh gosh, it gets me every time. I can feel the power right there.

Music: Simple, gorgeous.

Lyrics: I like this the same way I like "You Can." It's a beautiful love ballad, but not one that David can't fully relate to, because it's about that future, perfect love, and again, it reminds me of "One Sweet Love" by Sara Bareilles. It's gorgeous and moving and touching and everything amazing about David wrapped in a beautiful, simple package.

Highlights: "Way." "How you look in this light." "Restless road." Oh gosh.

Any gripes? None.

Don't Let Go

Voice: Kim pointed out he sounds like JC here and I ADORE IT. He sorta groans out the lyrics in a lot of places, and I had no idea he could do that so successfully. It's awesome.

Music: I really like the music. The piano's lovely. That's pretty much all I have to say.

Lyrics: I like the lyrics a lot! I love how in the first verse, "feel your heart beat through the door" becomes "heal your heart break through the door." CLEVER.

Highlights: The JC-esque voice!

Any gripes? None!

***


Your Eyes Don't Lie

Voice: Ahahaha, oh my gosh, I love his voice here. It's so snappy. I love the "mmmmmm" in the background! I love how is voice is, like, ashy David, but strong and SASSY and "speshul" and "jell-us, OH" and he draws out the "s" and "ussss" and "you were never really out of love with me" and the falsettos at the end and the random "mmms" and the "YEAH, BABY, I WUH-ILL" and "and you never wuh-ill, girrrrrrl." AH. Best line EVER, it gets me every time.

Music: Oh the music! I'm a bit fan of the whistle, not gonna lie (these eye don't lie). I can whistle along!

Lyrics: The lyrics are fine. Don't do too much for me, except that it's amazing to hear David singing a song like this.

Highlights: "And you never will, girrrrrl."

Any gripes? No!

***


Forgot A Little Too Not Over You

Voice: I always love his voice, but I REALLY LOVE IT HERE. Again, I'm getting a lot of emotion out of this. The same way I was getting emotion out of "My Hands." It's kinda, "I'm trying to be indifferent, but I can't." I ADORE THE WAY HE SINGS, "And I turn around, you're with him now." Like, there is more power in that NOW than there is in half the junk I hear on the radio. And the bridge! OH! All the "OOHHHH" and "YEAAAAHH" and "UNDERSTAAAAAAAAAAAND." Just -- kill me now, David, you're amazing. I could listen to this on repeat forever. Actually, I already have done that. It's the song I kept going back to. I just love it more and more every time I hear it. It's sweeping and emotional and blunt and in your face and amazing. And his voice. David's voice at it's best, possibly. Up there with "Barriers." There's so much David here.

Music: I've had issues with the "eh eh oh ohs" before, but after repeated listens, I've sorta almost started to like them? Shocking. Other than that, I love the -- I don't even know what's making that noise in the background, but it goes perfectly with his inflection and it's awesome. I love how the music explodes on the chorus, on the "TELL ME WHYYYYYYYYYY," because it never overpowers his voice -- it lifts it up. Amazing, amazing.

Lyrics: It's actually an interesting song, content-wise. I don't know how many songs I've heard from a guy's perspective that follow this subject matter? It's sorta -- I missed the boat, I missed the chance, we've moved on, but I'm a little too not over it. It's fascinating, because there never was a relationship -- just the possibility of one? Just a smidgen, just some longing. Maybe sorta like "Teardrops On My Guitar" by Taylor Swift. It's like a guy's version, with no names and much stronger, manlier lyrics. I really love it.

Highlights: "And I turn around, you're with him now." Seriously? I also really love the "And I really don't know what to do" at the end. It seems very spontaneous, the way he sings it. Like -- just this bubble of EMOTION popping out of his mouth.

Gripes? None. It used to be the "eh eh oh ohs," but now I have accepted them and moved on.

I'm not going to review Crush and Angels. However, I think they are the perfect bookends to the album. I'll also add the bonus tracks once I've heard them. :)


Added "ALTNOY"! I forgot it the first time. D:

Also, Kim's awesome review. Hers is tons better than mine.

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25 comments:

michellefromny said...

Dave can take them. No doubts.

Love this site ((((HUGS))))

Amy said...

Thank yoooou. *HUGS BACK*

And Dave really can take 'em. Do you see that look on his face? He's practically SNARLING. <333

ScoopK said...

I'm not done reading your review yet, but I just have to say BARRIERS FOR LIFE, OMG!! NO CRITICISMS, HELL YEAH!!

FEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEELS SO GOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOD

ScoopK said...

TOO MANY LOCKS!

ScoopK said...

(LOCKS!)

ScoopK said...

No seriously though, I am trying to figure out how to work the whole Jesus 2.0 thing with Barriers. Like, they seem completely unrelated, but ARE THEY (DUN DUN DUN!!!) O: O: O:

I will find a way, there aren't too many CRIMES (CRIMES!) to worry about in this case~

Amy said...

the amount of fangirling you and i do for barriers should win us a medal.

FAN FOR LYYYYYYYYFE.

michellefromny said...

He is snarling. LOL

i LOVE that he has an alter ego.

Amy said...

His alter ego is sometimes so SHOCKING.

No, wait, it's ALWAYS shocking. Always throws me off and sends me into a flailing frenzy!

michelinamarie said...

WARNING: this might be a TOO LONG, DIDN'T READ kinda comment! BECAUSE I AM IN LOVE.

Oh, AMY! I am breaking out of my Snarkies lowercase typing because THIS IS NOT A CASUAL COMMENT, NO SIR. I am declaring my love for you! And therefore I think I owe you proper capitalization and everything. Because this review? Is AWESOME! ♥

You have such a great ear. And you can describe something about any of these songs in like, two words, and I totally know what you're talking about. You really SHOULD interview David, no joke (I maybe peeked into the Open House Party fountain of comments), because you actually go INSIDE the music, and don't just sit around, treading the surface, like the usual "do you have a crush?" and all that. No, you go deep, woman! And I love it because you remind me why I love all of these songs. ♥

Confession time! I didn't love Barriers immediately. Maybe it was because of the excitement (what a rush!) and because I was chatting as I listened, but I just wasn't really hit with the WOW effect. I liked it but I wasn't all YAY THIS SONG IS MY NATIONAL ANTHEM or whatever, which is usually how I react, not gonna lie. But I listened to it on the bus the next morning and OKAAAY, I'm really in love with it, now. You and Kim and your analyses! And giggling! It is just a really good song. I gave a headphone to my sister, and played the intro music for her, and asked her who she thought the artist was, and she was all "Um, I don't know?" and I was like "David Archuleta!" and she was all "REALLY?!" Same reaction with Your Eyes Don't Lie (I'm also a huge fan of the whistle!)

I went walking today and Running is a good work-out song. I am SERIOUS. I actually RAN and I never run, just walk. But it is good. It is my exercise anthem. Know the part where it gets all quiet? I'm running, I'm running, keep on running, running. THAT. ♥

I liked what you said about some songs being really relatable to teenagers, because it's REALLY true. I actually never applied My Hands to me, personally, at least not yet, because I have awhile to go, but I'm sure when it comes to the summer, I'll be like AHH I WANT TO THROW MY ALARM CLOCK INTO THE FIRE. And hold the hands of time!

You Can and To Be With You are definitely two songs I keep coming back to because I am all about that waiting-for-the-right person bit, and not knowing who it will be, and just being totally vulnerable about the whole thing, because YOU JUST DON'T KNOW, and those songs, To Be With You especially, really sum it up, completely. And not even just lyric-wise, but the melody, the subtle impact of the whole vibe, it's just gorgeous and really reflects how I think a lot of people feel. It's really cool that those songs fit David's values too, as you said. ♥ I'm in love with them.

AND WITH YOU. Hearts all over the world tonight! Oh Amykins, you are an amazing writer, so articulate! Thanks for this review. I'm gonna go listen to the tracks now! This boy is just. *flails* He makes music a language for me, whereas before it'd just be pretty beats and words, now it's a lot more, because there's so much to connect to, when it's David.

michelinamarie said...

Oh! You didn't review A Little Too Not Over You!

Amy said...

AHHH, MICHELINA, YOU ARE WAY TOO SWEET.

and you're right! OH MY GOSH. it's because i don't have the good download of a little too not over you and i was going on my itunes library. :o


I AM GOING TO GET ON THAT RIGHT NOW. oh my gosh. i love it, too.

BUT LET ME HUGGLE YOU AGAIN. you're so sweeeet. <33333

michelinamarie said...

AWW! I'm the sweet one? Psh! No way! I am stating the TRUTH. Which I CAN face. Unlike A Little Too Not Over You!David. HAHA remember when that leaked? And you and I were like "EMO LOVE SONGS!!!"

*HUGGLES BACK! IN A SNUGGLY WAY!*

memories, memories! ♥

juliebug said...

Amy, The line about

"I have issues with "sailing in your deepest eyes." This makes no sense. It's sung beautifully, but sailing is a poor verb choice. Floating would have worked better. You don't sail in someone's eyes...?"

Made sense to me when you think of the common phrase "eyes as deep as the ocean". You sail in the ocean. haha! I think that's what they were going for with that line.

gengen said...

Another "catchy" review, post it if you dare:

http://media.herald-dispatch.com/blog/idol/2008/11/david-archuleta-cd-review-one.html

Caelanca said...

David really was so dang right when he said that there was something for everyone,coz my fav is You Can & Desperate..hehe heehee
But I do think the music for Desperate is a teeny weeny too much in the beginning and with the echoing thingy in the middle-but I luuuv when he does all these deep dark emo ish songs-lalalala

But the whole song stands out to meeee :D:D

Annie-I thought you kicked some right royal butt with your comment on that review *thumbs up*

Caelanca said...

lalalalalala

Don't mind me.I felt the need to spam.
All alone in a blog with "To be with you" currently on play makes me dance :)

Caelanca said...

Now it's soo spechul...wohu hoo hoo

Lalalalalalala

Caelanca said...

Wow I'm in blue now??Huh?Hmmm

janey said...

Amy you amaze me!

Great review...I'm wondering how many listens did each song get before you wrote about them?

Clearly you are a more considerate reviewer than Dave Valenzuela of The Buffalo News.

Annie said...

Amy I linked to your review in my review summary on www.archuletafansgermany.com because your review is so full of KABOOM!!! XD *huggles*

By the way: I love that you have problems seeing the connection issue with Desperate, too. I guess that's why David changed some of the lyrics.

Annie said...

And that was a horribly worded comment, of course I meant:

By the way: I love that you can see the connection issue with Desperate, too. I guess that's why David changed some of the lyrics.

Anonymous said...

Am I the only one who loves the dance/trance undertones to Desperate? Hardly anyone seems to mention this, and is one of the main reasons why I love Desperate so much! - Thanks, Edward, 20. :)

KathyH said...

Thanks for the review(s) and I agree. So much to love -- and David makes each song a standout with his voice and phrasings.

My only slight disagreement with your crit, Amy, is that I LIKE the lyric, "sailing in your deepest eyes." IMO, if you're staring into the eyes of someone you're falling for, you feel the same butterflies you might get if you were actually sailing. The term sailing gives more of a sense of movement and impact than floating. But that's just me. ;)

Love everything about your site, BTW, girls. Are you ready for a new onslaught of people/posts after the album drops and David's fanbase grows? Eeek!

Daisy said...

Amy dear...I said this before and just to affirm it honey.

Wait...How old are you again? This must have something to do with this. *smirk*

I LOVE YOU...I'm a fan girl.

BARRIERS for life and oh, TO BE WITH YOU (yes that wayyyyy...it gets me everytime...I feel so emotional towards this) and and...YOU CAN. My heart is exploding...OMG...air air...and I'm not listening to the song now. They're playing in my head! That's awesome...involuntarily!!

Here's a HUG Amey!!! (You told me!)

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