OPINION: Archuleta’s album brings Christmas spirit
After placing as runner-up on season seven of “American Idol”, David Archuleta became a heartthrob among girls everywhere. Eventually creating his own music and guest-starring on “Hannah Montana” and “iCarly” in 2009, according to IMDb, Archuleta’s career took off. As shown on his website, he has released eight albums, seven EPs and singles, and has been featured on two other albums.
Since the Christmas season is upon us, I have recently stumbled upon “Christmas from the Heart”, which is Archuleta’s holiday album. After listening, I wish I would have found it sooner.
The album includes 13 fantastic songs, each song varying in mood and style, which keeps the total 56 minutes interesting.
Even though he does not change the sound of the songs drastically, Archuleta’s slight twists of pop here and there make them special. Throughout each song, the instruments and his voice can be heard clearly and coincide well with one another. Also, Archuleta sounds authentic, genuine, and far from being auto-tuned.
Not only does he sing in English, but Archuleta also sings in an additional three languages. “Pat-a-Pan” is sung in both French (in the beginning) and English, “Ríu Ríu Chíu” in Spanish, and “Ave Maria” is beautifully done in Latin. The singer’s use of four different languages makes the album unique.
Although it is hard to critique Archuleta’s Christmas album, his duet of “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas” with Charice Pempengco is a song that I tend to skip over. Archuleta does a fabulous job, however Pempengco’s somewhat sultry voice does not mesh well with his powerful voice.
With his soothing rendition of “I’ll Be Home for Christmas” and upbeat song “The First Noel”, Archuleta can both calm and energize his listeners. His vast vocal range and warming voice adds spirit to each song.
During the softer and more sensitive songs of the album, Archuleta especially exhibits his emotion through his smooth voice. A prime example of this is during “What Child is This?”, when he passionately sings, “Good Christians, fear, for sinners here. The silent Word is pleading.”
Overall, “Christmas from the Heart” is a wonderful album. Archuleta covers most of the classic Christmas songs, while including “Melodies of Christmas,” a song he wrote, according to SongFacts. The singer also caters to different cultures and languages, making it appealing to various groups people.
Archuleta’s album deserves more recognition for its diversity and his captivating voice. No matter who you are or how old, this holiday album attracts people of all ages.
According to his website, “Christmas from the Heart” was released on October 13, 2009 and sells for $10.99 on iTunes. Billboard’s report shows that the album was on the charts for 11 weeks.