David Archuleta

Music review by
Jessica Dawson, Common Sense Media
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Innocent lyrics and strong vocals from Idol star.

Parents say

age 10+
Based on 3 reviews

Kids say

age 7+
Based on 8 reviews

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The parents' guide to what's in this music.

Positive Messages

Mild talk about love and relationships, break-ups, emotions, but nothing sexual or inappropriate for young fans. "Here we are now, you're here/It's our last final goodnight/Just because it feels so good/No use pretending we're alright." "Desperate" talks about intense feelings -- "You're in the dark, there's no one left to call/Your sleep's your only friend/But even sleep can't hide you/From all those tears and all the pain" -- but it's ultimately about finding a light at the end of the tunnel.

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What 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.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written bySusan M. August 4, 2010
Great mix of songs from relatable love angst delivered in good taste to messages of hope to those in dispair. This album has something for everyone.
Parent of a 17-year-old Written bylove2 September 28, 2009
Teen, 13 years old Written byMockingjay333 March 20, 2013


I LOVE him!!! Fantastic music! My personal favorite of his is The Other Side of Down, but I love this one too!!
Kid, 12 years old June 11, 2012

David Archuleta ROCKS!!!

David Archuleta is one of the best signers I know! He has such a great attitude and his voice is beyond amazing, as is his songs. I especially like him because... Continue reading

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).

Talk to your kids about ...

  • 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?

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