What parents need to know
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that this debut album from American Idol star David Archuleta has lots of songs about love -- lost love, pining for love -- but it's all pretty tame stuff. There are some strong, adult emotions expressed in songs like "Desperate" that might be confusing to fans younger than 10, but overall there's nothing sexual or inappropriate for tweens.
What's the story?
In his self-titled debut album, American Idol 7 runner-up and teen scream-inducer David Archuleta comes out of the gate with 12 tracks that provide a variety of pop, R&B, blues, and of course, love ballads. The hit single "Crush" is included, as well as Archuleta's popular rendition of the Robbie Williams cover "Angels."
Is it any good?
He may be only 17, but the shy-smiling vocal prodigy who drew legions of adolescent girls on Season 7 of Amercan Idol is quickly proving he's got the chops to last in the music business. No surprises here. Songs like "Crush" and "Touch My Hand" are innocent trifles, while "Your Eyes Don't Lie" is a funky but slick track with whistles and flirty vocals above a catchy, melodic bass line. Archuleta delivers effortless, smooth vocals with a youthful sense of longing and a shot of melancholy -- the ideal blend for screaming, texting teens and tweens (not to mention mom and dad).
Explore, discuss, enjoy
Families can talk about Archuleta's young age, and the fact that his religious background was mentioned repeatedly on the show. Do you think his age and beliefs are relevant to his success as a musician? What do you think about the comparison between David Archuleta, with his clean-cut image, and his Idol rival David Cook, with his unshaven rocker style, who ultimately won? Is one image more marketable than the other? For what age groups?