David Archuleta On American Idol 's seventh season, David Archuleta had some personality — something you'll struggle to remember while taking in this bland, amnesia-inducing collection. Problems… David Archuleta On American Idol 's seventh season, David Archuleta had some personality — something you'll struggle to remember while taking in this bland, amnesia-inducing collection. Problems… 2008-11-11 David Archuleta Pop
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David Archuleta (2008)

David Archuleta | American Idle Archuleta's first album lacks personality
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American Idle Archuleta's first album lacks personality
EW's GRADE
C+

Details Release Date: Nov 11, 2008; Lead Performance: David Archuleta; Genre: Pop

On American Idol's seventh season, David Archuleta had some personality — something you'll struggle to remember while taking in this bland, amnesia-inducing collection. Problems arise immediately with the single, ''Crush,'' which declares youthful longings yet has him sounding several passionless decades past the point of teenage heat. But when the gloss gets stripped away and Archuleta slips in some sweet flourishes on the mostly solo-piano ''Running,'' you glimpse hints of how his innate tenderness might triumph if he weren't saddled with the most generic writing and production money can buy. C+

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Originally posted Nov 04, 2008 Published in issue #1020 Nov 14, 2008 Order article reprints