The Other Side of Down

The Other Side of Down

by David ArchuletaDavid Archuleta




As the second-hardest-to-market American Idol runner-up, David Archuleta stumbled out of the gate in 2008, nobody quite knowing whether to embrace his youth or his granny appeal, so they wound up with a mediocrity that appealed to neither camp. The Other Side of Down, his 2010 sequel, firmly favors the former, borrowing heavily from Ryan Tedder's chilly stainless-steel sheen, its glassy wall of synths, looped hooks, and rhythms reflecting radio-ready sounds of 2009-2010. It's a style that doesn't showcase the singer but Archuleta is already an old pro, fitting the contours of what he's been given, which makes sense since he's largely responsible for the songs here, bearing writing credits on ten of the 12 cuts. As a writer, Archuleta certainly is a follower, not an innovator, but he's sharp enough to hire collaborators to coax comfortable commercial pop out of him -- something that is much more difficult than it appears, if his debut is to be trusted -- and beneath the gloss there are signs that the AmIdol finalist has been searching his soul, looking for what is "The Other Side of Down" as he's trying to figure out "Who I Am," knowing that "Things Are Gonna Get Better." But don't mistake this for a confessional, even on the level of Lindsay Lohan's A Little More Personal (Raw) -- this is a middle-of-the-road pop album pure and simple, arriving perhaps two years too late, but it nevertheless proves that Archuleta has pop chops.

Product Details

Release Date: 10/05/2010
Label: Jive
UPC: 0886977710827
catalogNumber: 777108


  1. The Other Side of Down
  2. Something 'Bout Love
  3. Elevator
  4. Stomping the Roses
  5. Who I Am
  6. Falling Stars
  7. Parachutes and Airplanes
  8. Look Around
  9. Good Place
  10. Complain
  11. Things Are Gonna Get Better
  12. My Kind of Perfect

Album Credits

Performance Credits

David Archuleta   Primary Artist,Background Vocals,Hand Clapping,Finger Snapping
Maxi Anderson   Choir, Chorus,Choir Conductor
Alex Brown   Choir, Chorus
Bridgette Bryant   Choir, Chorus
Carmen Carter   Choir, Chorus
Dani Johnson   Hand Clapping,Finger Snapping
Jamie Muhoberac   Keyboards
Gary Novak   Drums
Oren Waters   Choir, Chorus
Danielle Brisebois   Background Vocals,Hand Clapping,Finger Snapping
Nick Lashley   Guitar,Keyboards,Hand Clapping,Finger Snapping
Randy Cooke   Drums
Jeremy Bose   Piano
Matt Butler   Cello
Dorian Crozier   Drums
John Hancock   Guitar
Blair Daly   Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar
Chris Chaney   Bass
Marie Brisebois   Hand Clapping,Finger Snapping
Chris DeStefano   Bass,Guitar,Background Vocals
Justin Glasco   Drums
Will Wheaton   Choir, Chorus
Nikola Bedingfield   Background Vocals
Juan Portela   Organ,Synthesizer,Piano,Keyboards,fender rhodes
Mike Krompass   Acoustic Guitar,Bass,Drums,Electric Guitar,Keyboards
Tina Guo   Cello
Maxine Waters   Choir, Chorus
Josef Powell   Choir, Chorus
Alfie Silas-Durio   Choir, Chorus
Charlie Judge   Keyboards
Jonah Nelson   Hand Clapping,Finger Snapping
Jens Koerkemeier   Keyboards
Janessa Milne   Hand Clapping,Finger Snapping
Adam Ruben   Hand Clapping,Finger Snapping
Storm Lee Gardiner   Background Vocals
Lauri Archuleta   Hand Clapping,Finger Snapping

Technical Credits

Jess Cates   Composer
Dani Johnson   Inspiration
Shelly Peiken   Composer
Joy Williams   Composer
Danielle Brisebois   Composer,Producer,Inspiration
Nick Lashley   Composer,Producer,Engineer,drum programming,Inspiration
Jeremy Bose   Composer,Programming,Producer,Engineer
Jackie Murphy   Art Direction
Mitch Allan   Composer,Producer,Engineer
Emanuel Kiriakou   Composer,Producer,Engineer,Instrumentation
John Hancock   Programming,Producer
Blair Daly   Composer
Lindy Robbins   Composer
Matt Squire   Composer,Producer,Engineer
Sam Hollander   Composer,Programming
Marie Brisebois   Inspiration
Kieron Menzies   Engineer
Travis Huff   Vocal Engineer
Victoria Horn   Composer
Sean Gould   Engineer
Brian Wohlgemuth   Pro-Tools
Chris DeStefano   Composer,Programming,Engineer
David Hodges   Composer
Phil Margaziotis   Vocal Engineer
Bryce Avary   Composer
Juan Portela   Pro-Tools
Claude Kelly   Composer
S*A*M   Producer
Dave Katz   Composer,Programming
Sluggo   Producer
Mike Krompass   Composer,Producer,Engineer,drum programming,Pro-Tools
David Archuleta   Composer,Inspiration
Maria P. Marulanda   Art Direction
Finn Bjarnson   Producer
Chris "Rockwell" Destefano   Producer
Jonah Nelson   Inspiration
Jens Koerkemeier   Engineer
Janessa Milne   Inspiration
Dolena Krompass   Drum Engineering,Pro-Tools
Cindy Brouwer   Composer
Adam Ruben   Inspiration
U4L   Additional Production
Lauri Archuleta   Inspiration
Chris Garcia   Engineer

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