david archuleta has a crush… and a smash

13 08 2008

american idol runner-up david archuleta just released his official first single this week.  i know it may be early in the game, but i’ll go on record and say that “crush” is a smash hit.

sure, it sounds a lot like chris brown’s “with you”, beyonce’s “irreplaceable”, rihanna’s “take a bow” and jordin sparks’ “tattoo” (among others), but “crush” has all the ingredients that make ooey-gooey pop music so daggone addictive. archuleta’s vocals glide over the radio-ready groove with the greatest of ease and with all the right moves.

less than 19 hours after “crush” became digitally available for commercial consumption, it was the #1 most downloaded song on itunes.  like it or not, you’re soon going to be hearing this song everywhere… and for a long time.

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13 08 2008
vanessa warren

love it.

13 08 2008
g johnson

David has delivered an amazing first single to his fans, and the public. It is rhythmic, David’s superior vocals soar and are identifiable throughout, has a catchy beat.. Hey-> I watched lotsa American Bandstand back in the day
His older fans like me find themselves humming along unconsciously, and the verses transport the listener back to those bygone days of school girl and schoolboy CRUSHES… It has an appeal across a very broad spectrum of listeners, and should effectively silence the detractors and critics who didn’t believe he had mainstream appeal. CRUSH is the catapult for David to continue his growth and evolution as an artist – I ANTICIPATE MANY MANY YEARS OF OUTSTANDING MUSIC FROM HIM. TAKE A BOW DAVID… YOU’VE ARRIVED.

14 08 2008
Amy

David Oh David! He caught our attention during AI auditions, won us over instantly on night one when he came out swinging on “Shop Around”, blew us away with Imagine, showing us there is much depth to the young boy with the BIG beautiful voice (and no matter what Simon says) made us want to dance with “With You”….he stunned and amazed us every week with his awesome vocals and genuine spirit.
His debut is fun, hip, & young, like intended, and of course he’s once again “Crushed” us (yea ok, over-used already, but true!) But there is much more than a catchy pop song in this guy~just wait! 🙂
Congratulations David….the world’s been watching, and waiting for your stellar career to begin and to listen to you sing your heart out for years to come!

14 08 2008
rob

I was very surprised by “Crush”. It rocks….and puts a smile on your face! Not every song can be “Stairway to Heaven”. People trash pop music but where would our lives be without those transcendant little 3-minute slices of addictive fluff!?

What I find most satisfying is the fact that he’s proven wrong all those who predicted he couldn’t be hip,contemporary or commercial.
I expect much more challenging material for him to sing as his career progresses, but this song was a very smart choice for his debut single. Someone had their thinking cap on that day.

3 10 2008
Allison

I don’t think David’s song sounds like any of the songs you mention at all. It’s still a generic pop song, though very singable and enjoyable to listen to. I wish him success in his career.

25 11 2008
angelofdja

When I first heard “Crush”, I sat at my computer with tears of joy flowing down my face. I just KNEW I was going to love it. And I did. David came out with a fantastic first single.

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