Release Date: Nov 11, 2008
Record label: Jive
Genre(s): Rock, Pop
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. Problems arise immediately with the single, ”Crush,” which declares youthful longings yet has him sounding several passionless decades past the point of teenage heat. But when the gloss gets stripped away and Archuleta slips in some sweet flourishes on the mostly solo-piano ”Running,” you glimpse hints of how his innate tenderness might triumph if he weren’t saddled with the most generic writing and production money can buy.
American Idol seventh season runner-up David Archuleta was the same age as Jordin Sparks, the season six winner, but he always seemed much, much older -- a creature from a different era, a time where Up with People peacefully merged with the sound and sensibility of the pre-Nirvana '90s. Modernity seemed foreign to Archuleta, a hang-up that would be an Achilles heel on any music show outside of American Idol, which lives in a permanent oldies fantasia where it's still rebellious to sing the Allman Brothers some 35 years after their breakthrough. Rebellion is anathema to Archuleta.