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Wednesday, November 6, 2013

David Archuleta The Album, 5 Years Later, With 2 Years of No Listening

It's no big surprise that me and Dana fell off the fanbase bandwagon a few years ago. I think it was somewhere between No Tour Ever for TOSOD, Melinda The Destroyer, and various other messy debacles that I have since erased from my memory.

On a recent roadtrip -- actually, at the END of a recent roadtrip -- Dana and I gave David Archuleta The Album a listen, the first listen in...like...legit, 3 years? And it was 12 a.m. and only a 15 minute drive from the airport, so together we only listened to Crush and Barriers. And we had forgotten ALL THE LYRICS. It was quite breathtaking.

Dana had a 4 hour drive home the next day, and sent me a sheepish text admitting that she was listening to David Archuleta The Album on her drive. I guffawed vigorously and asked if she was crying to You Can. Well, curiosity got the best of me and I gave the red CD that was not Taylor Swift (let's be real -- Red is the superior CD because of All Too Well) a listen yesterday. When I didn't recognize half the songs, I had the idea to give the album a review.

As a disclaimer, since people love to think I am an evil mastermind, this was my ONLY idea involving this website's resurgence. In fact, I kept telling Asterix to stop taunting people. :P (Dana sidenote: Pshhh. You know you encouraged this behavior! Bahaha. Amy: I DID NOT ENCOURAGE YOUR TWITTER BEHAVIOR. Though I did encourage you bringing Snarkies back, for some mysterious reason...) All of it was Dana, who was driven to insanity on a 5 hour car ride through the Cali Central Valley -- SERIOUSLY WHY IS THERE NOTHING THERE. What else do you do but revisit the past?

So here we go! Album review, 5 years later. Almost to the DAY, as I used the internet archive machine to pull up my old review, WHICH I HAVE NOT READ. This is so fresh and so clean-clean.

Please feel free to disagree! I am sure everything sounds different to EVERYONE five years later, right? What do you guys think?

1. Crush

Amy: I still like this one. Pretty catchy.

Dana: Well, the ayayayaya parts are annoying. Sorry! But it is poppy and catchy. Still enjoy listening to it, minus the ayayayaya bit.

2. Touch My Hand

Amy: LOL. I can't. I mean...it's so cheesy. I always thought it was cheesy but it's a fun concert song...I guess...

Dana: Eh. Trying to think of something nice to say. :) It is so cheesy and five-years later the lyrics are almost cringeworthy. Eh. But! I can understand why fangirls loved (love?) it.

3. Barriers

Amy: Oh my gosh, this is the song that Dana requested that got the CD listening started. I don't remember anything, but it's pretty great. I think this sounds like something Miley would dirty up now. Throw in some references to Molly and ONLY GOD CAN JUDGE US and MY DARLINNNN' and we're there, peeps. We are THERE.

Dana: Ohhhh, I still really like this song.

4. My Hands

Amy: This was mine and Dana's concert song. We made up hand motions and all. It's still pretty funny, and it definitely brings back nice memories. It's more boring than I remember, though.

Dana: This was our concert song. :) Good memories. Idk, though, I don't really like the lyrics. The robe and alarm clock and weather channel-uh are just too weird for me. Haha. But it is fun to sing and dance to...still.


Amy: THE BEST. No, really, I LOVE it. It's so catchy and boppy. It's like BOOM AND BOOM AND BOOM. Idk, I love it. The best song on the album.

Dana: I really like this song, too. It still sounds very current and poppy. His voice is spot-on and I just really like it. Second favorite on album.

6. You Can

Amy: Um. Well. It SOUNDS pretty, but I'd definitely say the lyrics are...lacking? But it sounds nice.

Dana: Ok. This song is embarrassing. I can't even. The lyrics are lame-o and I'm trying to understand why I liked it so much? Hmm. But, yeah, his voice does sound nice. And it is a pretty song. But. I just...can't.

7. Running

Amy: Kinda...skipped it...it's a skipper!

Dana: Eh. I don't know what else to say about it besides...eh. Sorryyy. I did hear this in The Buckle the other day and it confused the heck outta me. Lolz. But honestly, not even sure if I would have recognized what song it was if I had not just half-listened to his album. Oy!

8. Desperate

Amy: This wasn't that bad. I mean. The lyrics are kinda weird. I don't remember them at all. Something about reaching out for hands. Or holding something. Why are all the songs about hands and holding onto things. JUST LET IT GO.

Dana: Hmm, not really feeling this song. I remember semi-liking it when it came out. But I can't even get through the whole song now. It is too theatrical or... something. Idk.

9. To Be With You

Amy: Eh. I always pushed this song aside into "boring," and therefore, it kinda snuck over into "I secretly hate it" land, but really, it's not bad. Just boring.

Dana: I think I actually like this better than You Can, actually. Haha. Oh, how times have changed! Catch me in five years, y'all.

10. Don't Let Go

Amy: THE WORST. I honestly didn't recognize this song AT ALL. I had no idea what it was. It's soooo boring. I hate the melody, the lyrics, the voice. I think I always secretly hated it but never wanted to admit it because other people loved it. Oop. Sorry. I actually only listened till it got to the bridge, hoooping that it'd pick up and I'd see why people loved it so, but damn it, it was only some line about weather! WHY DOES IT NEVER PICK UP?!

Dana: Ugh, still do not like this song. Skip!

11. Your Eyes Don't Lie

Amy: I really dig this song today. I didn't recognize it at first, but I like the whistling and the sass way more today than I did back in the day. It's pretty hilarious. And whistling has gotten so popular, yo. I bet Flo Rida's Whistle was inspired by this song. Don't you think? Blow my whistle, baby, whistle baby, yeah, 'cause your eyes don't lie.

Dana: Ok, I admit it. I really like this song. My favorite! It is sassy and hip (? lol) and catchy. I just really like the whistling. I wish I could whistle. Dododododoooo.

12. Angels

Amy: I think I actually HATE this recording of Angels. It's boring. His voice sounds boring, the melody sounds boring. Every single live version of this song is better than this recording. I actually skipped it halfway through because I couldn't take it. What gives? Why is this so bad?

Dana: Yeah, I don't like this version either. It is dull and boringggg. I think I listened to the first verse and skipped the rest.

13. Works For Me

Amy: I still like this one. It's sassy like YEDL, y'all, I love the sass. But did it really work out just fine? I'm just saaaayin'.

Dana: This is still one of my favorites. It is definitely sassy and I like the vibe.


violet4ever said...

Wow everyone has different tastes

1. Crush - it's a keeper. I thought it was a little cheesy at first but years later I heard it at the dentist's office unexpectedly and without recognizing it at first I thought wow that's a good song. I guess plenty of other agree because there are people all of the world tweeting daily about playing it.

2. Touch My Hand - Cheesy, never very fond of it. But the young girls seems to like it as an interactive concert song. Whatever makes people happy.

3. Barriers - Loved it (even though it sounded oddly heroic and anthemy for a song about breaking up).

4. My Hands - One of my faves on the album and love it live with acapella ending

5. ALTNOY - Has a nice beat but not for dancing or even swaying at 6/8. Liked it though. Love the video.

6. You Can - I like it when he sings it live.

7. Running - One of my TOP FAVES on the album. Poor underperformed song. Also my niece's top fave on the album. I love that the piano in the beginning is similar to The Way it Is by Bruce Hornsby. I like to listen to it when I am picking someone up at the train station.

8. Desperate - too dark, and it's a cover. I liked that it showed David's versatility but it was too dark.

9. To Be With You - I love it. I like the duet. I adore it live. Search Youtube for Archuleta Mannheim To Be With You for a lovely closeup version he sang live with an ice skater.

10. Don't Let Go - Was never my thing. This was a skipper for me. But I know there were others who loved it.

11. Your Eyes Don't Lie - Another of my TOP FAVES on the album. I think it could have done without the thunder sound effect but awesome song and fantastic live.

12. Angels - It was OK but I thought the live ending was better and the harp or bells or something in the recording bothered me.

13. Works for Me - Not one of my favorites but OK and sometimes really really good live.

dreamerjulie said...

Rare occasions I still listen to this album anymore...doesn't evoke in me the same feelings I remember when it first came out...miss that feeling of excitement, but really looking for something more mature from him, since he is getting older...

I do miss the...what was it???the holy trinity of snark?? or something like that...I will always remember Columbus :) and also meeting Amy for the first time at Ford Day :)

Martha said...

My Hands is my favorite off the album. When I hear it, have to sing along.

I have lots of memories of Snarky Archies. Time does fly.

betsy said...

I lost the cd.
But I still like You Can. Even though it's been years since I listened to it.
Except for live versions.
Can I get a shout out for a live album?

betsy said...

Also, I still like Your Eyes Don't Lie, Works for Me, and Barriers.
Crush on the album is better than Crush live.
The only song I feel that way about though.

M. Day said...

I legit just busted out laughing at you losing this CD.

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M. Day said...

I am still laughing.

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summer said...

I haven't listened to David Archie songs in a loooooong time, and I don't quite get those who seem to still listen to his songs/videos over and over...but anyway, lol. The thing about his voice is I love to hear him sing, but I just don't always love the songs. Barriers I used to play full blast in my car with the windows rolled up screaming the lyrics when I was angry at my spouse, haha. I have always loved YEDL, and was so jazzed the first time I heard him sing it live. Good whistling skills, and a bit of sass!

kizzi said...

Wow. Snarky's is back?!! For real? Happiness.

Last I saw Amy and Dana was at Pittsburgh.

So good to see your Archie-comment-ness again!