The Bottom Line
The biggest up side of "Crush" is that it proves this year's American Idol runner-up David Archuleta is a capable pop singer. Some worried that his voice would not fit a mainstream tune. Archuleta's voice is easily the best thing here. However, this is cookie cutter, safe, forgettable pop. Hopefully, for the next single David Archuleta's admittedly impressive pipes will be used for a truly worthy song.
- Stellar vocals
- Comfortable and easy for listening
- Cookie cutter pop
- Plays it very safe
- Written by Jess Cates, Dave Hodges, and Emanuel Kiriakou
- Produced by Emanuel Kiriakou
- Released August 2008 by 19 Recordings
Guide Review - David Archuleta - "Crush"
While it was clear this past year on American Idol eventual winner David Cook had a comfortable home waiting on the rock end of the mainstream pop spectrum, the comfortable niche for runner-up David Archuleta was much less obvious. His first single "Crush" proves that Archuleta is easily up to the task of finessing a mainstream pop tune. Warm, inviting vocals pull the listener in here.
Unfortunately, the song itself and production don't do much to fully engage listeners. Music, lyrics and arrangement are predictable. This record promises much but delivers too little.
The reaction to "Crush" has proven that David Archuleta has a strong audience waiting for his music. Initial sales have been strong enough to push the song to a #2 debut on the Billboard Hot 100. This song is unlikely to significantly grow his audience, but it does prove he easily has the sound and chops to be a mainstream pop singer of signficance.