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66 of 67 people found the following review helpful
on October 5, 2010
It seems David Archuleta's virtues sometimes become vices with reviewers. Everyone agrees that David has extraordinary vocal talent and so it is natural that listeners want David to produce vocal extravaganzas and not much else. The thing with David is that because he is extraordinarily talented, he can and does enjoy singing an eclectic range of music.

So if you are tired of albums where every song sounds the same, then this is the album for you. If you are tired of music which is depressing and sleazy and long for something uplifting and joyful, then this is the album for you. If you are tired of talentless singers, then this is the album for you.

No not every song is a ballad - many of them showcase fun catchy melodies - but that is a part of what makes this album so great; this album is called The Other Side Of Down for a reason and David's voice is showcased very well. As a songwriter for 10 of the 12 songs on this album, David's goal was to share his fun, quirky personality and produce music that would have a lasting positive message.

The album includes bouncy, quirky tracks such as "Elevator" and the title track 'The Other Side Of Down' with its message of continuing to put one foot in front of the other and not letting life get you down. It includes the radio-friendly and currently popular synthesizer sound of "Something Bout Love" where David acknowledges that love isn't always easy but it's always worth it. There are songs with catchy melodies like "Look Around" and "Complain" as well as tunes that can only be described as beautiful and touching such as "Falling Stars" and "Things are Gonna Get Better". All of this is capped off with "My Kind of Perfect" which is a gorgeous ballad about looking on the inside of a person when looking for love rather than the superficial outside.

The two most important elements that tie this album together is the undeniable vocal talent that is David Archuleta and the irrepressibly positive message in each and every song. Altogether, this album has something for everyone and will leave you loving every song for entirely different reasons.

Listen to this album and you'll find yourself having a better day. Listen to it often and you'll find yourself giving yourself pep talks about not letting the difficult moments in life get the better of you.
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26 of 27 people found the following review helpful
on October 5, 2010
I love this album! Great catchy songs. David did a great job writing these songs. Great messages, great voice. The messages deal with adversity in life and how we can deal with it. Something we all face. This take on coming out of the hard times is great! Love this whole CD! Can't get enough of it! We need something to pull us out of the negative stuff that is in our face all the time! Way to go David! I would highly recommend this album to anyone!
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26 of 29 people found the following review helpful
on October 5, 2010
David puts himself out there in his second pop album. Having co-written 10 of the 12 tracks, you can hear how much he's grown as an artist and vocalist in the last 2 years. If you're tired of the junky lyrics and pointless on Top 40, give this a listen.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
on October 5, 2010
THE OTHER SIDE OF DOWN is one of the best albums to come out this year,with Archuleta writing the lyrics for ten of the song's and his soaring vocal's you cannot pick out a favorite they are all well produced.If I had to pick one I would pick Falling Star's. STUNNNING ALBUM !!!! I see lot's of MUSIC AWARD'S!!!!!!!!!!!
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
on October 5, 2010
With David having such a diverse fanbase age-wise, it's a challenge to make a CD to suit everyone. This CD comes pretty close. There is mostly good quality pop with overall good lyrics and tunes combined with excellent vocals, which are the trademark of anything David sings. As an older fan, I really enjoy most of the cuts. Sure, a couple are a bit over-produced for my liking, but all of the songs have a great message and are very upbeat in nature. All songs give you that feeling of hope and optimism if a person keeps trying to improve his/her life. I love to hear this young man sing; I just feel better every time I do ---- and isn't that the purpose of music anyway? I hope David always remains commercially viable so we can always look forward of more to come. Thanks, David, for such a great effort!
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
on October 5, 2010
I have been a fan of David Archuleta since American Idol. This young man is the real deal. His voice is incomparable to any teen singer in the market today. His singing live is unbelievable. He is such a rare talent in today's music industry. I just received my copy of TOSOD. This body of work is excellent. David's music is not only good, but it provides the listener with a message and makes one think. He touches your very soul with his voice. I have purchased every album he has made and have never, ever been disappointed. It is rare to find an artist where I like every single song on his album. Well, David Archuleta has not struck out once with me. Buy this young man's music and you will not be disappointed.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
on October 5, 2010
I have loved this CD. I've had the album for several days now. It is so refreshing to have something positive. I find myself waking up each morning with various tunes from the CD buzzing around in my head.
I keep trying to decide which song I like the most and it's the one I'm listening to at the time. They are all different. Falling Stars is so beautiful, Look Around is thought provoking, Stomping the roses is like yeah, I've felt like that. The album is well thought out and well crafted. It is so fun and makes you smile. Great job Mr Archuleta and all the musicians you worked with.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
on October 5, 2010
I personally loved the message in each and every song. David is a very positive person. Obviously, some people like the negative, raunchy kind of songs. You aren't going to get those from David, so if that is what you want, don't bother to buy this album. The radio seems to be only playing songs with lots of autotune and all kinds of bells and whistle. Many of these have no melody and questionable lyrics. Do you really want the youth of today listening to that stuff? Some songs may seem over-produced by those who just want to hear David's beautiful voice, but the producers, writers, and Jive are trying to satisfy a lot of people. Like it or not, that is what sells right now. These songs still aren't anything like the junk I am hearing on the Top 40. I would buy an album of David singing acapella, but I am afraid that album wouldn't pay the bills. We are all trying to find a way to feed our families and live in a comfortable fashion, so David is trying to sing about what he believes in and sing in a way that enough people will listen. David has said in many interviews that he just wants to sing and show who he is with his songs. He knows his fanbase, and he knows that they get him and appreciate who he is and what he does musically. He doesn't really think in terms of Top 40 or having a big hit (although, I am sure he would be very happy if that happened). Second to his beautiful voice, I love that part of him...the part that doesn't sing for the fame and big fortune but sings for the pure joy of it and the hope that he can help others along the way. He has helped me and made me a better person. I think David Archuleta will be around for a long time, long after many of the Top 40 singers are just a vague memory.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
on October 5, 2010
The Other Side of Down is AMAZING...HOT vocals...FUN songs...CAN'T SIT STILL songs...ROMANTIC songs...FEEL GOOD songs...something for everybody...A+++
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
The Other Side of Down is an outstanding follow up to David Archuleta's self-titled first release. Although I loved the debut album, this album is much catchier, more personal, and even more entertaining than the first. Each song has it's own vibe and appeal, so there is nothing repetitive about the way they sound or feel.

Part of the reason why I love TOSOD so much is that--in my mind at least--David accomplishes what he has set out to do with his music. In David's memoir "Chords of Strength" he writes that he wants "to sing songs that make you feel good, songs that remind you about your right to choose happiness and finding the will to do so." (pg 229) If these songs don't bring about a smile themselves, there is something to almost every one of them that draws me in and speaks to me in a positive way. With so much negativity in every day life, I can't imagine why I wouldn't want to surround myself with music that makes me feel good.

David wrote or co-wrote 10 of the 12 tracks that made the CD and it shows. One commonality many of the songs share is that they are fun songs that keep you interested musically, draw you in with meaningful lyrics, and still highlight David's stellar voice. "TOSOD," "Elevator," "Something 'bout Love," "Stomping the Roses," "Who I Am," "Parachutes & Airplanes," "Look Around," and "Good Place," all exemplify this. He tells a story, takes you to a place both in his life and even your own, and encourages you to look at life a different way. The title track admits that while life gets confusing, better times are calling for you and it does this all with a catchiness and groove that stays with you. Days after I first listened to this track I caught myself hearing the lyrics in my head when I had a rough day. "I put one foot in front of the other, nothing's gonna break my stride. I keep climbing, gonna keep fighting, until I make it to the other side of down..." The quirky song "Elevator" also highlights his writing skills and takes you for a "ride" as you listen, from the guitar notes that start it to the impressive falsetto and catchy chorus. "Something 'bout Love," the first single off the album, is tucked in between "The Other Side of Down" and "Elevator" and while it isn't incredibly personal or touching like some of the other songs, it's easy to identify with and it's techno style and beat would be missed it if weren't present on the CD.

Another reason I love this album is because when David sings these songs, you can believe what he is singing about. When David sings "Things Are Gonna Get Better" (complete with a gospel choir!) you want to believe that in your own life, despite what you may be facing, things really are going to get better. The honesty that David displays in "My Kind of Perfect" is also very touching and it's nice to have a song on the album that is just David and a minimal amount of production or accompaniment.

The songs that David didn't take part in, "Falling Stars" and "Complain," belong on the album for very different reasons. While "Falling Stars" seems less personal than anything else on the CD, the vocals he displays on it are insane. I've been a fan of David since Idol so I understand that he can sing, but sometimes he still surprises, and "FS's" is one of those songs that make you go "Whoa!" "Complain" is more of a message song again, so it ties in with the overall theme, but mixes things up musically with an electric guitar and a kind of John Mayer-esque vibe.

Overall, "The Other Side of Down" is refreshing in that it's clean music, without being boring, preachy or mundane, and reflects a positive message that you can take with you. Although I could safely say before this album came out that I was David Archuleta fan, this CD only reaffirms why I became a fan to begin with.

An amazing individual, an amazing voice, and music that makes you want to run--not walk--to the other side of down.
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