Speaking of SU2C this week…..
This was from the SU2 event the week-end of October 22, 2010: “Backstage at SU2C David Archuleta gets a friendly kiss. Slow Mo MGR at the end.”
Ahhhhh! So cute. I miss him *sobs*
Thanks for the reminder, Kim!
Another review of ‘BEGIN’ – “Bursts of Inspiration”
I was only going to quote my favorite part of the article, but then I decided I pretty much liked the whole dang thing, except for words like ‘uneven,’ the entire third paragraph, and ‘beautiful but bland.’ I would definitely re-write those parts to say: “an amazing experience,” “a hit with fans” “mimics the soul,” and “phenomenal cover of.” But hey. That’s just me. So here ya go
Listening to David Archuleta’s fifth album, “Begin,” his followup to the OPM-fueled “Forevermore,” is an
uneven experience. True, it’s hard to find fault with the “American Idol” alumnus’ voice, which only gets better with age and experience. But, singing isn’t just about hitting the notes correctly—it behooves every performer to “relay” the message of his song well.
Take “True Colors.” The voice of Cyndi Lauper, who first sang the No. 1 hit tune in 1986, is nowhere as strong as Archuleta’s, but the songstress’ version manages to go beyond scratching the surface of its pretty lyrics.
To be sure, David’s revival
isn’t bad—but, while it’s seamlessly and sincerely rendered, it lacks the soul that Lauper’s original has in heaps! This becomes even more obvious in Archuleta’s perfunctory cover of Paul Simon’s “Bridge Over Troubled Water.”
The young singer is at his most powerful when the complex portions of a song take him out of his comfort zone, as is apparent in his impeccable remakes of Keane’s “Somewhere Only We Know” and REM’s provocative “Everybody Hurts,” in which his malleable pipes twist and stretch to accommodate the tricky notes that make them tick.
Also deserving of music lovers’ rapt attention is the soothing and ingenious way that his pliable tenor voice glides along with the rippling synth of U2’s “Pride (In The Name of Love).”
Vocal improvisation also makes Christina Aguilera’s “Beautiful” crackle with technical and thematic pertinence, especially when David reminds his audience about finding unexpected charm in human frailties: “We’re the song inside the tune/ Full of beautiful mistakes.”
In his folksy, evocative cover of Peter Gabriel’s “Don’t Give Up,” he sings with Libby Linton, whose Clair Marlo-like trills eerily complement Archie’s buoyant crooning. “Broken,” the beautiful-but-bland ballad the 21-year-old singer cowrote with Jon Hunt, shows off the lush allure of his falsetto.
Cynics and believers alike will find bursts of inspiration in the repertoire: Archuleta recorded “Everybody Hurts” a day before he began his self-imposed hiatus in show biz—to take part in a two-year mission for his religion. David himself isn’t sure what to expect from the experience: “Do I really need to go? I feel from the bottom of my heart that this is something that I need to do!”
Will his fans still be around after he fulfils his “mission?” David offers no answer—but, his leap of faith is best conveyed by his sparkling remake of Sarah McLachlan’s “Angel”: “Let me be empty/ Oh, the weightless/ Maybe I’ll find some peace tonight.”
Um, yes. We will still be here. No worries there, right Archu-gators?
Want to listen to some good songs?
So much, if not all, of what we hear on mainstream radio today is just, well, for lack of a better word – JUNK, in my humble opinion.
Here’s a great list of “101 Good Songs” on Ariel’s blog, giving us suggestions for “a variety of clean, appropriateand enjoyable music.”
Can you guess what she chose for the letter ‘Z’? If you guessed David’s “Zero Gravity” you are correct! Ding, ding, ding!
Click on the graphic to get to the blog:
Ariel posted this vid of Zero Gravity:
But we can do better than that, no???
How ’bout Manila on July 18, 2011?
How ’bout The National in Richmond, VA on 2/25/09?
What about this one? Duluth on March 8, 2009:
And don’t forget that amazing McFly Tour:
Gosh, I miss those concerts. And the crappy cellcasts. And all the waiting for vids to be posted if you weren’t at the concerts. And the Fangirl Trips……
While I was searching an old flash drive for a lead pic today, I found myself mesmerized by the collection of pictures I have of David Archuleta. He is just so photogenic and handsome, as we all know, haha. Here are a few oldies but goodies:
Have a great week-end!!