David Archuleta's latest album, The Other Side of Down, features his extraordinary vocals and genuine lyrics, which are intertwined with a contemporary sound and an optimistic message. Archuleta has grown up, and this album shows a more mature side of him.
With 24,000 copies sold in the first week, the album reached No 13 on the US Billboard 200 chart. Entertainment Weekly rated it a 'B'.
The opener, The Other Side of Down, establishes what this album is all about. The persistent beats coupled with optimistic lyrics assure us that, no matter how bad today is, tomorrow is a new day, because 'Nothing's gonna break my stride'. This track will surely lighten up your day, which is precisely why it is the opening track.
One of the quirkier songs is Elevator, which is a great track with immediate appeal. The catchy lyrics come with a distinct kick that'll make you tap your feet and bob your head. 'Elevator goes up, elevator goes down' - it does make you wake in the morning feeling like P. Diddy.
Overall, this album is quite bold. Archuleta demonstrates a nouvelle flavour that adds a bit of spice to his sound. The risks taken are worthwhile. This album may not make your favourites list, but if you are tired of those that sound the same, check this one out. As a songwriter he is expressive, and as a singer he is captivating.