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Seamless OPM covers cap off David Archuleta’s Philippine ‘adventure’

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ARCHULETA. Shines in Filipino pop ballads.

DAVID Archuleta’s “Forevermore” album is a must-own recording rarity, and a unique opportunity to present the beauty of Filipino pop ballads to the world—because it isn’t every day that a singing star of Archuleta’s caliber and hit-making cachet waxes an album made up entirely of OPM. And, we’re pleased to note that his “fling” with Pinoy music more than makes up for his underwhelming foray into the local telenovela scene on TV5.

No, it isn’t David’s intention to out-sing the repertoire’s original interpreters—after all, the vocal pipes of Regine Velasquez, Gary Valenciano, Martin Nievera and company are nothing to scoff at.

Take “You Are My Song.” The he-sang-she-sang versions of Nievera and Velasquez are similarly outstanding—so, the 21-year-old singer smartly veers away from bravura singing and treats it with less drama.

Tribute

In a recent interview, he explained, “I wouldn’t say that I sound better than they do, because Filipino singers are amazing. But, through this album, I hope to pay tribute to them”—and that’s exactly what he does!

After David reimagines Side A’s “Forevermore” and makes its romantic tale his own, you’ll marvel at his sleek and smooth revivals of Neocolours’ “Maybe” and Nexxus’ “I’ll Never Go.” There are no false, awkward notes anywhere, even when he launches his exhilarating, but judiciously-rendered trills in complicated codas (“Hold On,” “Maybe”).

But, while it’s true that Archuleta’s reverential style makes his revivals seamless, it’s also responsible for the album’s only drawback: In some stanzas of Joey Albert’s “Tell Me,” for instance, his consistently structured phrasing and technical precision diminish the tune’s dramatic bite and evoke emotional detachment, instead.

Of course it’s excusable to find this problem in a Tagalog track—as in the case of the otherwise earnestly-sung bonus track, “Nandito Ako,” because the language barrier just makes it impossible for listeners to see the tune beyond its hum-worthy melody and the novel concept of having David sing an enduring local ballad.

Style

The baby-faced “American Idol” heartthrob does better with South Border’s dreamy love songs, “Rainbow” and “Wherever You Are,” because of their freewheeling melodic structure and R&B mold—a style that suits his malleable but sinewy voice to a T.

Archuleta finds the perfect album-closer in Gary V’s classic ’80s ballad, “Reaching Out,” which he sings with unbridled passion as he hems and haws about unrequited love!


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  • AntiAko

    WOW, hope people will buy his album from music stores and not from pirates…

  • http://twitter.com/joableeson musiclover

    But I love Nandito Ako miniseries.  Can’t wait for a DVD.  Already ordered this album and haven’t received yet.  Come on Astroplus, hurry up!!

  • http://twitter.com/rhed31 rhed31

    I got tired of waiting for my albums to get here (united states) in the mail so I downloaded (legally) the songs individually. I LOVE Rainbow and Wherever You Are. I think they are my favorites. I also love Hold On, that song is so catchy. All of the songs are beautifully sung and since i’m not Filipino, they are all new to me. This is a wonderful album and you can’t tell in any way, how fast it was all recorded. That’s actually one thing i really marveled at about David working in the Philippines, is how hard everyone works and how fast everything gets done over there. The projects David did would have taken years to do over here and I’m not exaggerating. lol Of course i disagree about the Nanido Ako miniseries part of your critique. I was hooked on that show like no other and I thought David did great in it, esp for his first time acting. But whatever, i loved your review so thank you.

  • http://profiles.google.com/angelofdja kathy condon

    Although I appreciate your review of Forevermore, I am surprised you felt his performance in Nandito Ako was less than stellar. Give him a break! Many before him have done a lot worse on their first lead role. I thoroughly enjoyed the series and am eagerly hoping for a DVD to purchase.

  • Violet W

    We heard David singing 2 of the beautiful tracks in Nandito Ako as the two themes of the series. And we loved the miniseries!!  We were thrilled with it and we thought David did amazingly well considering he has never acted, only had two days of acting lessons, and he doesn’t even lie or put on a cool facade in real life – he’s always himself.  He did things in the series we never thought we would see like sadness, anger, fighting and flirting. David didn’t do the series to impress anyone – he did it because he had time before his mission and he thought his fans would enjoy it – and we sure did!!  We are looking forward to buying legal subtitled DVD sets when they are released so we can watch it in good quality and understand everything. And re Forevermore – the tracks I’ve heard are beautiful and lots of us have multiple legal CDs on order from Astrovision;s Multiply listings and from respected resellers Amazon and WOWHD who sell real legal CDs they bought from the Philippines. I am waiting on 3, 1 for me and 2 for family gifts. We can also legally buy downloads from PH of many of the CD tracks. BTW David started his 2 year religious mission Wednesday 3/28/2012. Any messages from David to the fans will appear on David’s twitter DavidArchie (his manager Kari will post them for him if he cannot). His official site is staying open as are many fansites. And BTW David also recorded a US album in the weeks before his mission – no name or date yet but watch for that too.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/QBIVCXFSYSHY722MEQMXP4ZTPY Kami

    I have ordered my cd from WOWHD and I’m anxiously waiting for it to come in the mail. I received 2 legal downloads from a Philippine fan for Nandito Ako & Forevermore and they are so beautiful!! As far as your comment about David’s “underwhelming foray” into acting on Nandito Ako, I think he did a great job!! This was his lst acting job and he had people glued to their tv sets, computers, etc. from all over the world! We all loved the story of Nandito Ako & enjoyed his acting! 

  • http://twitter.com/Chemerf1 Chemerf Again

    great review! David did great with these songs



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