Pop singers tend to be busy people. But that’s no reason for them to lose out on the chance to meet new friends who share common interests — even if those friends are also busy pop singers. Which is why we recently took it upon ourselves to introduce two amazing artists who didn’t know each other, but should. We arranged a visit between the velvety smooth singer David Archuleta and the sprightly songbird Alison Sudol, who performs as A Fine Frenzy. (We genuinely had no idea at the time, but she inspired the title track on his new album, The Other Side Of Down).
Read the twisty story to how this magical moment came together — and see the meet-up — in a special video below:
Here’s how it went down. We asked David, who’s been knocking out one silky performance after another in the run-up to his album, if there was anyone he’d always wanted to meet. (Because, you know, we have such HUGE Hollywood connections…) David sent over a very short list that included Aretha Franklin, Joni Mitchell, and… Alison. As it happens, we do know someone who knows someone who knows her. (And we adore “Electric Twist”). We made a few calls and … voila! Meeting set.
We arranged for the two artists to meet at Hollywood’s fancy new W a few weeks ago while David was in town. And… it was the sweetest thing we’ve ever seen.
It turns out the two had plenty to talk about. David quizzed Alison about songwriting, and Alison (who has started work on her next album!) wowed David with details of the whimsical book she’s written. See for yourself.
David Archuleta and Alison Sudol of A Fine Frenzy — The Meet Up:
And as a special treat, Alison and her pal Omar (who plays with A Fine Frenzy), played a fantastic rendition of her song “Blow Away”, the tune that first turned him into an instant AFF fan.
A Fine Frenzy — “Blow Away” (live):
We were thrilled to be able to play a role in introducing two gifted artists. Hey, you should always take time to help out your friends, right?
Parts 1 and 2 on youtube
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Interview: David Archuleta’s ‘Down’ with new album, plots Spanish-language album
The first time David Archuleta released a full-length album, he’d co-written two of the 12 songs. For his newest “The Other Side of Down,” he’s credited for 10. The result, he says, is a set of songs that lift the veil on some of his quirks.
“This album is about personality,” Archuleta says in a phone interview. “It’s embracing that I’m not perfect, but I have to be the way I am or I’m not gonna be happy.”
One fair example is “Elevator,” which was recently added at radio, as promoting the single “Something ‘Bout Love” winds down. The 19-year-old former “American Idol” star describes how the track is about “a dream I had. It’s kind of dumb,” he says, laughing. “Its just kind of a goofy, quirky song, just the kind of thing I’m wanting to show people this time around. It’s just kind of my dorkiness.”
Dork or not, Archuleta is pleased that he achieved his songwriting goals with “Down.” Next stop: production. A handful of producers like S*A*M & Sluggo contributed to this effort, but the 2008 AI runner-up sees himself running his own show from behind the decks on a follow-up.
“Production is so influential. I think it’d be good to… have a more cohesive sound. The first album [his 2008 self-titled set], was a huge learning experience. This album, the biggest thing is the lyrics. Especially with songs from ‘American idol,’ those served a different purpose. After this, I want to make every song my own.”
And that may even mean making them his own in another language.
“I really wanna do a Spanish album,” the Utah native mentions, noting that his mom is from Honduras. “I have that Latin culture background. It’s a part of me. I’m not the best Spanish speaker, but I have a longing to connect with that. I just think how supportive the Latin community has been, even during ‘Idol.’ I’d like to give back with something like that.”
He says he hasn’t laid down any tracks for the project yet, noting that it’s all about “the right time. I’m just focusing on getting this project together and stuff.”
Archuleta says he appreciates that “AI” producers went with Jennifer Lopez as a new judge on the show considering the pop star’s Latin background. But no matter who judges, he says, it’s ultimately the crop of contestants and finalists that will keep the FOX singing competition fresh. “It’s always best when you’ve got a lot of personalities.”
David Archuleta’s “The Other Side of Down” hits shelves on Oct. 5. The album is streaming in its entirety here.
Indonesian fans get a bonus David Archuleta calendar with purchase of “The Other Side Of Down” album
TOSOD gets released Monday Oct 4th in Denmark on iTunes
Album Review: The Other Side Of Down – David Archuleta
Let me go straight to the point: The Other Side Of Down is seriously a solid sophomore album for David Archuleta.
Now, I’m definitely loving the newer sound. While I liked the first album, I’m loving the newer mature sound of David. Yes, it still has that usual bubblegum pop vibe that was somewhat carried over to this sophomore effort, but I think he has truly grown in maturity with his new album.
The album, I must say, is surprisingly diverse and yet, at the same time, coherent. He still has that youthful sound but, at the same time, is able to allow enough maturity this time around. I also think that this sophomore effort achieves a really good balance between the vibe of a singer-songwriter and the usual mid-tempo to upbeat production sound that is, arguably, popular today.
You know what? I’m just really happy for David.
Here’s my track-by-track review:
The Other Side Of Down
An surprisingly unique sound for David. Frankly, I’m a little perplexed with this track. I mean, a part of me thinks that this would have made a much more radio-friendly single than, say, Something ‘Bout Love because it’s different for someone like Archuleta and I kind of like the bouncy vibe in the verses. But, some part of the song – especially the chrous part – really annoys on me. I don’t know. 7/10
Something ‘Bout Love
This one has radio hit potential. Sure, it’s a little too overproduced with all the auto-tunes and whatnot but that’s what works on pop music nowadays, so I’m not surprised. It is a catchy song, with great hook and incredible production. Oh, and the bridge took my by surprise. Seriously. I like that he uses his range in this song. 8/10
Say what you want about Elevator, but I really like it. Ha! Now, if I’m being honest, the first time I heard this track I said that this can’t be seriously in his album because it reminded me so much of that hi ho hi ho song by the seven dwarfs. Haha. But after a few subsequent listen, I kind of warmed up to it. I think it’s very cleverly written, both as a metaphor and just as a song – word choice, syntax rhythm, consistency in theme. I also think that it’s fun, catchy and it felt like a little roller coaster of a song. 9/10
Stomping The Roses
One of the strongest tracks on the album. At first, I thought it would be like an angst-y song – based from the lyrics – but the melody and vocals from him make it sound like a bubblegum pop type of song, which shockingly works for me. The verses are better than the chorus, but maybe that’s just me nitpicking. This, to me, is probably one of the biggest potential hit in the album. 9/10
Who I Am
Just like the other tracks, this one has a bouncy and hook-y melody. That said, this song just doesn’t really do anything to me. I’m also not particularly keen with the different voices in the verses. Possibly one of those songs that I wouldn’t necessarily skip over but it wouldn’t make me repeat it for a second listen as well. 6/10
I can easily picture this track as part of a TV series’ or a movie soundtrack. The melody and the production of this song is lovely. Yes, the lyrics aren’t it’s strongest suit but, good thing, everything else about it is great. His voice, especially on his lower register and his falsetto in this song is quite gorgeous. 8/10
Parachutes And Airplanes
I heard the live version of this song from David and I was somehow on the fence with it as his voice sounded almost hoarse singing the high notes. However, the studio version completely changed my opinion of the song. The production is actually pretty good and, somehow, takes it to a whole new level. I wonder though if this would’ve been better if it was sped up just a bit. As for the vocals, I love the soft rise and fall of David’s voice. 8/10
This reminds me of his song Your Eyes Don’t Lie from his first album. Totally annoying at first listen but somehow along the way made me a fan of the track. Yes, I barely finished this song and thought that this would be the one track that I would end skipping. But guess which song gets stuck in my head after listening to the whole record? Yup, this one. Ha! Possibly one of my favorite tracks. This song is absurdly catchy, which reminds me a bit of both Owl City and Imogen Heap – just listen to the first tens seconds of the the song. 9/10
It’s interesting that the beginning of the verses sounds exactly like Crush. Is that intentional? Maybe. Does it matter? Absolutely not because this song, I believe, is one of the best tracks on the album. It may seem a little generic in terms of its structure but this song is to die for. It’s simple, hauntingly beautiful and surprisingly powerful. His vocals just spill over on the lyrics like a series of massages. Ha! Oh, and the bridge and the last chorus makes this song even more impressive. 10/10
This definitely grew on me. Not the best in the album, but it’s definitely a good track. Very soulful, bluesy, and clearly has that John Mayer sort of feel to it. The melody is marginally different from the rest of the tracks and it does have some classic pop harmonic structure in the chorus that I just can’t resist. Somehow, the song also sounds a little bit country to me – I don’t know if it’s just me though. 8/10
Things Are Gonna Get Better
Frankly, I’m liking it a bit more than I did but the track just strikes me as one big cliche. Sure, it’s decent but I just can’t really get into it as much as I’d hope. Now, if they tweak this song a little, I could see this being an Idol exit song – it does have the inspirational kind of vibe obviously. 6/10
My Kind Of Perfect
EPIC! This song is gorgeous!! Stunning vocals with so much emotion! His strong full-bodied voice is always in front and center and it never got overpowered by the instrumentations. You see, I love a strong piano presence in a song and this is a classic example of simple but powerful recording – both perfect and heart breaking. Pure. Soft. Unadulterated. It is beauty, rawness and simplicity at its finest. 10/10
I have to say, this sophomore record of Archuleta does hold together very cohesively from start to finish with each song highlighting another side of his voice. It is actually interesting that he maximized his falsetto and higher register compared to his debut album. Anyway, the fluidity of the songs is spot on and it seems to me that each track have its own distinct melody. I don’t feel like I’m listening to the same song over and over again, but I don’t feel like I’m listening to 5 different albums either.
Suffice it to say, whatever happens with his sophomore effort, I think it’s a fantastic album and I do believe it’s far superior than his last album. Nothing more, nothing less.
Thank you to Fanscene for this wonderful piece of news!
This week on Sunset Cruise: October 5th is the release of David Archuleta’s long awaited new CD, The Other Side Of Down and Pat Marino is very excited to announce that he will be featuring his personal favorite picks from the album on his show Sunset Cruise this week.
“I don’t know about you but as a David Archuleta fan, it seems like I have waited forever for this CD to be released. But now that it’s out, I can honestly say it was definitely worth the wait! David’s vocals are rich and the lyrics are great. In my opinion, this album is just what the title says….
The Other Side Of Down. Many of the new songs just lifted me right up from the moment I heard them. We need more positive things like many of these songs in today’s world and media and I cannot wait to share my own personal favorite’s from The Other Side Of Down with you on Sunset Cruise starting this weekend. (This special edition of Sunset Cruise will air from Sunday 10/3/10 to Sunday 10/10/10.)
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David Archuleta gets rattled by fans’ response to new music
David Archuleta’s The Other Side of Down may be streaming now on AOL Music, but don’t think that David is at his computer this week, scanning message boards and comment threads to see how his fans are reacting to the album he’s been working on since last summer.
In fact, the idea that people can finally hear his new songs rattles him a little bit.
“It’s so weird to know that people have actually listened to what I’ve been working on,” says David, who’s at home in Utah for a couple days. “It’s not just in my own little cave anymore.
Still, David says, the new music is still so fresh and so personal that he feels uncomfortable getting too much response too soon: “It’s good to know what people think and their opinion, but it freaks me out at the same time. I’ve been working on this all year and now people can listen to it in, like, an hour.”
Meanwhile, David’s website has the fourth installment of his album-preview videos. In this one, David talks about new songParachutes and Airplanes (written with Matt Squire and Lindy Robbins) and Look Around (written with Squire and Lady V, aka Victoria Horn).
Source: Idol Chatter