Mikael Wood
September 29, 2010 AT 04:00 AM EDT

The Other Side of Down

type
Music
Current Status
In Season
performer
David Archuleta
genre
Pop

We gave it a B

Judging by the metaphors David Archuleta employs on his sophomore studio disc — see ”Falling Stars,” ”Elevator,” and ”Parachutes and Airplanes” — life after reality TV has been an up-and-down ride for this fresh-faced Idol finalist. Yet his vocals still gleam with so much dewy naïveté that the music never succumbs to the bitterness it seems to circle. Maybe state-fair meet-and-greets are what the kid was born to do? B

Download These:
Stomping the Roses? a spunky robo-garage jam at amazon.com
Easy-grooving Elevator? at amazon.com

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