By: Rob Brayl
I’ll admit, when Archuleta released Crush, I played that damn tune on repeat for weeks (don’t act like you didn’t). I knew it would be a huge smash and it was, proving he had the formula for stardom. He later released his debut album on Jive Records and I’ve gotta say, it was a solid debut for what he was targeting, which was commercial mainstream success, of course.
The track you’re about to hear is Archuleta’s new single (out today on iTunes), entitled Something ‘Bout Love, taken from his upcoming sophomore album (Other Side of Down, set to be released September 14th). It’s a nice little diddy, but to be honest, I think it’s a little too confectioned. And by little, I mean a shitload. It’s sugary to the point that it makes the craving a little less desirable. Yes, I do like the song, I just think it’s a bit overdone. I understand that it’s David Archuleta we’re talking about and it’s what he sells, but I think there’s a beautiful dark undertone to his voice sometimes and I think it would be cool if he explored that more (listen to his track Desperate on his debut album for reference).
I don’t expect the kid to dive off the deep end and record a duet with Fiona Apple or anything (sorry, she was the first singer to enter my head), for, well, that would just be odd as hell. But I wouldn’t mind to see a little bit more raw emotion come out of his mouth instead of what sometimes feels like spoonfed ideas to appeal to the masses, because, let’s be honest, we all have a sweet tooth and are suckers for candy. Basically, it’s what sells. And this will undoubtedly sell.
Overall it’s a cute summer track, just a bit too sweet overall. But hey, we all crave that extra sugar sometimes, eh?
Check out Archuleta’s Something ‘Bout Love, below.