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  • Summary: The American Idol runner-up releases his debut album.
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  1. Positive: 3 out of 7
  2. Negative: 1 out of 7
  1. A silky tenor with a natural melancholy that makes him a heartbreaker by default. His charming debut exploits that very quality with some strokes of pop genius.
  2. Happily, in a genre where the urge is to err on the side of overwrought, someone smart decided to stick with tasteful, understated production. Archuleta's delivery is likewise low-key and attractive, if predictably generic.
  3. The music, made by many producers and songwriters, averages out different forms of radio-format blandness, with tinges of Coldplay and Shania Twain, and a few dollops of good writing. But the persona remains intact, ready for more.
  4. On "American Idol's" seventh season, David Archuleta had some personality--something you'll struggle to remember while taking in this bland, amnesia-inducing collection.
  5. So, it delivers exactly what Archuleta promised on the show: something sweet and safe, utterly old-fashioned and forgettable.
  6. His debut is similarly flavorless: Beautifully sung but snoozy tunes.
  7. The record is larded with awkward modernist R&B, Christian semaphore ballads like 'You Can' and warm-milk mewling that makes David Cook, Archuleta's "Idol" foe, sound like Robert Plant.
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  1. Negative: 15 out of 137
  1. Belle
    Nov 19, 2008
    This album is a masterpiece. David's once-in-a-decade pop voice makes this album worth every penny. Every single track, bonus tracks included, is so different yet so well produced and sung. David's versatility really shows. Expand
  2. Aug 13, 2010
    Amazing Debut from David. I hope his next album "The Other Side Of Down" will showcase more of David himself. He'll be able to create music more to his liking/style. His first album was time constrained along with too much pop suited for the younger audience. I hope everyone gives his next album a listen. Expand
  3. DanielleK.
    Nov 19, 2008
    I love this whole CD. I don't think the song or melodies are one bit boring. His voice is so smooth and has so many different ranges and colors. I love all the different melodies and arrangements with his own back up voice mixing with the main melody. That is just phenomenal how he does that! And how he carries out notes just makes my heart melt! His voice is outstanding and the catchy lyrics and melodies on each song makes me want to hear them over and over! Expand
  4. YahnsC.
    Nov 19, 2008
    I love all the songs! David Archuleta is pure talent! Somebody out There, Worked For Me, You Can and My Hands are the best!
  5. Natashaf.
    Nov 20, 2008
    Fantastic debut album! Can't stop singing along!
  6. Lisa
    Nov 19, 2008
    I am very happy with David's first album, I think it has a great mix of pop, ballads and I love the country feel of "works for me" the song David co -wrote. I love this teens voice. Expand
  7. KristynG.
    Nov 25, 2008
    Boring, slow, and not catchy. All sounds the same. One of the worst debuts of an Idol

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