While the music you would expect me to obsess over wouldnâ€™t usually include a pop ballad, I will state this with pride. I have been following David Archuleta from the moment he sang his first note on American Idol: Season 7. His humble nature, and amazing story about how he goes from the possibility of never singing again to his incredible talent absolutely won me over. His first single with Jive Records does him perfect justice, and he shows the world that at the young age of 17, he is not in over his head. He is a natural.
The lyrics are not too loaded; they suit him perfectly to keep his young fun spirit evident in his first album. I donâ€™t find the track too poppy either, as Archuleta stays true to his roots including piano and acoustic guitar and laces his vocal performance with conviction and emotion. Archuleta himself impresses me each time I hear him. His range and control is top-notch, including gorgeous falsetto that is hit flawlessly in the chorus. After hearing this single, I am even more excited now to hear the album, which I didnâ€™t think was possible!
David Archuleta – â€œCrushâ€/ 2008 Jive/19 Recordings / www.zombalabelgroup.com/