The Other Side of Down

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All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
As the second-hardest-to-market American Idol runner-up, David Archuleta stumbled out of the gate in 2008, nobody quite knowing whether to embrace his youth or his granny appeal, so they wound up with a mediocrity that appealed to neither camp. The Other Side of Down, his 2010 sequel, firmly favors the former, borrowing heavily from Ryan Tedder's chilly stainless-steel sheen, its glassy wall of synths, looped hooks, and rhythms reflecting radio-ready sounds of 2009-2010. It's a style that doesn't showcase the singer but Archuleta is already an old pro, fitting the contours of what he's been given, which makes sense since he's largely responsible for the songs ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
As the second-hardest-to-market American Idol runner-up, David Archuleta stumbled out of the gate in 2008, nobody quite knowing whether to embrace his youth or his granny appeal, so they wound up with a mediocrity that appealed to neither camp. The Other Side of Down, his 2010 sequel, firmly favors the former, borrowing heavily from Ryan Tedder's chilly stainless-steel sheen, its glassy wall of synths, looped hooks, and rhythms reflecting radio-ready sounds of 2009-2010. It's a style that doesn't showcase the singer but Archuleta is already an old pro, fitting the contours of what he's been given, which makes sense since he's largely responsible for the songs here, bearing writing credits on ten of the 12 cuts. As a writer, Archuleta certainly is a follower, not an innovator, but he's sharp enough to hire collaborators to coax comfortable commercial pop out of him -- something that is much more difficult than it appears, if his debut is to be trusted -- and beneath the gloss there are signs that the AmIdol finalist has been searching his soul, looking for what is "The Other Side of Down" as he's trying to figure out "Who I Am," knowing that "Things Are Gonna Get Better." But don't mistake this for a confessional, even on the level of Lindsay Lohan's A Little More Personal (Raw) -- this is a middle-of-the-road pop album pure and simple, arriving perhaps two years too late, but it nevertheless proves that Archuleta has pop chops.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/5/2010
  • Label: Jive
  • UPC: 886977710827
  • Catalog Number: 777108
  • Sales rank: 94,858

Album Credits

Performance Credits
David Archuleta Primary Artist, Background Vocals, Hand Clapping, Finger Snapping
Maxi Anderson Choir, Chorus, Choir Conductor
Alex Brown Choir, Chorus
Bridgette Bryant Choir, Chorus
Carmen Carter Choir, Chorus
Dani Johnson Hand Clapping, Finger Snapping
Jamie Muhoberac Keyboards
Gary Novak Drums
Oren Waters Choir, Chorus
Danielle Brisebois Background Vocals, Hand Clapping, Finger Snapping
Nick Lashley Guitar, Keyboards, Hand Clapping, Finger Snapping
Randy Cooke Drums
Jeremy Bose Piano
Matt Butler Cello
Dorian Crozier Drums
John Hancock Guitar
Blair Daly Acoustic Guitar, Electric Guitar
Chris Chaney Bass
Marie Brisebois Hand Clapping, Finger Snapping
Chris DeStefano Bass, Guitar, Background Vocals
Justin Glasco Drums
Will Wheaton Choir, Chorus
Nikola Bedingfield Background Vocals
Juan Portela Organ, Synthesizer, Piano, Keyboards, fender rhodes
Mike Krompass Acoustic Guitar, Bass, Drums, Electric Guitar, Keyboards
Tina Guo Cello
Maxine Waters Choir, Chorus
Josef Powell Choir, Chorus
Alfie Silas-Durio Choir, Chorus
Charlie Judge Keyboards
Jonah Nelson Hand Clapping, Finger Snapping
Jens Koerkemeier Keyboards
Janessa Milne Hand Clapping, Finger Snapping
Adam Ruben Hand Clapping, Finger Snapping
Storm Lee Gardiner Background Vocals
Lauri Archuleta Hand Clapping, Finger Snapping
Technical Credits
Jess Cates Composer
Chris Garcia Engineer
Dani Johnson Inspiration
Shelly Peiken Composer
Joy Williams Composer
Danielle Brisebois Composer, Producer, Inspiration
Nick Lashley Composer, Producer, Engineer, drum programming, Inspiration
Tom Coyne Mastering
Jeremy Bose Composer, Programming, Producer, Engineer
Jackie Murphy Art Direction
Mitch Allan Composer, Producer, Engineer
Emanuel Kiriakou Composer, Producer, Engineer, Instrumentation
John Hancock Programming, Producer
Blair Daly Composer
Lindy Robbins Composer
Matt Squire Composer, Producer, Engineer
Sam Hollander Composer, Programming
Marie Brisebois Inspiration
Kieron Menzies Engineer
Travis Huff Vocal Engineer
Victoria Horn Composer
Sean Gould Engineer
Brian Wohlgemuth Pro-Tools
Chris DeStefano Composer, Programming, Engineer
David Hodges Composer
Phil Margaziotis Vocal Engineer
Bryce Avary Composer
Juan Portela Pro-Tools
Claude Kelly Composer
S*A*M Producer
Dave Katz Composer, Programming
Sluggo Producer
Mike Krompass Composer, Producer, Engineer, drum programming, Pro-Tools
David Archuleta Composer, Inspiration
Maria P. Marulanda Art Direction
Finn Bjarnson Producer
Chris "Rockwell" Destefano Producer
Jonah Nelson Inspiration
Jens Koerkemeier Engineer
Janessa Milne Inspiration
Dolena Krompass Drum Engineering, Pro-Tools
Cindy Brouwer Composer
Adam Ruben Inspiration
U4L Additional Production
Lauri Archuleta Inspiration
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  • Posted March 1, 2011

    Highly Recommended

    The Other Side Of Down has exceeded all my expectations from the first track to the last. David's smooth velvety voice singing beautiful melodies and lyrics that are uplifting and optimistic. From the soulful title track The Other Side Of Down to the his love ballad, My Kind Of Perfect. The lyrics to Good Place and Look Around are so unique and smart. I went to David's concert in Anaheim on 12/29 and to hear him sing these songs live is an experience no one should miss. David has come a long way from his AI days taking command of the stage and connecting with his audience like no other singer I've ever seen. It's to bad Jive didn't see it fit to promote this great CD and hoping it catches wind because it's to good not to get it's just do. Looking forward to anything and everything David has to offer.

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  • Posted January 21, 2011

    Highly Recommended - Favorite CD I have purchased in 2010

    Love the upbeat rhythms and messages! David's vocals are amazing!

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