Wednesday, November 03, 2010
BEST TRACK: David Archuleta's "Complain"
He sounds...a lot younger than he looks, which is pretty young as it is. He has the right sweet, poppy voice for a "Relaxing Tunes" playlist. The thing is though, like a majority of "Idol" winners, his music has no actual authenticity. I just don't feel like he feels what he's singing. I think he knows what he's supposed to sound like, but it's just not that believable. When Kelly Clarkson sings about heartbreak, you actually believe her heart was broken. When Robin Thicke sings about taking your clothes off, you actually believe he wants to take your clothes off. When Eminem raps about burning down his love shack, you actually believe he has matches in his hands. They have conviction. There's nothing about the way Archuleta sings that's very aggressive in expressing what the lyrics are saying. You get the feeling that the 19-year-old has less life and love experience than Justin Bieber. He just doesn't sound very confident, which is odd since most shy/demure singers (Beyonce, Sara Bareilles, etc.) shed their fear once they grab the mike.
That said non-Idol-lovers, for his second album of original songs, The Other Side of Down, I'd recommend listening to "Complain":