*WARNING: May cause EXTREME irritation*
I’m going to apologize in advance because this review is seriously harsh. I’ve read many reviews of David’s performances, and some haven’t been very positive, but this one is harsh AND completely wrong. It really infuriates me that people will read this and get the idea that David is somehow this manufactured teen star. It took me several “Waiting on the World to Change” spins, plus a “Stand By Me” and an “Angels” to truly calm down. I’m attempting to be more David-like and accept that people aren’t all going to like him or his music, and David is okay with that. Man, I wish I was more like him. Anyway, take a deep cleansing breath, or several, before reading. You can see the whole article, along with Demi’s review HERE.
Direct from the teen-pop factory
by Marc Hirsch
Stars like Demi Lovato and David Archuleta aren’t born, they’re made. And some, it seems, are made better than others. Agganis Arena pitted “American Idol’’ against Disney on Friday, and the message was clear: Simon Cowell may be Mr. Mean, but you don’t mess with the Mouse.
At: Agganis Arena, Friday
Last year’s “Idol’’ runner-up Archuleta made his big entrance by posing in silhouette and then waving awkwardly to fans before the lights came up, thus ruining whatever coolness he was shooting for in the first place. Expressing a vulnerability that spilled over into needy ingratiation, he was incapable of doing anything without an intense, earnest effort, even when he just aimed for “casual.’’
Normally, any kid who strains so hard to feel the music would be into Warped Tour emo, but Archuleta has instead embraced aggressively middle-of-the-road anthem pop like “Crush’’ and “My Hands.’’ Hints of personality peeked through from time to time in the simplified Coldplay of “Don’t Let Go’’ and “Zero Gravity,’’ which was marked by the barest hint of Erasure-style Eurodisco. But there usually seemed to be a hole on stage, even when Archuleta was at his most animated.
*** If you’re beyond annoyed and need a good laugh, go read Ronaldsf’s poem at The David Chronicles. Hilarious! It’s HERE. ***