Friday, 1 March 2013

Music Review: Don't Run Away- David Archuleta

He may be serving as a full-time missionary for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints in Chile for two years, but that hasn't stopped the talented musician from releasing new music for our listening pleasure!
Since leaving the States to serve as a missionary in South America a year ago, David has already released two incredible albums in that time, with a third record scheduled to be released on 26th March this year, titled No Matter How Far.
Now let's get started on the actual review itself!
Don't Run Away is the ever so catchy first release off the soon to be released album and doesn't disappoint. There's something about the first two seconds of the song that just draws me in. There's also something very reminiscent of his self-titled debut album about it which instantly made me want to pause the song and rewind back to the start again for another sneaky listen.
It is incredibly satisfying to hear the simplicity of the first bridge at about 38 seconds into the song which leads onto a perfectly structured chorus, filled with just enough power and emotion to keep the listener engaged with the ideas and emotions that the song is conveying to the audience.
David's voice is truly captivating throughout the song. It is obvious to any fan that has been supporting since the beginning that his voice has developed and matured over time and has been able to acquire a stronger dimension and tone which allows him to bring new strength to his music.
Don't Run Away had been produced by the incredible songwriting and production duo, David Sneddon and James Bauer-Mein, otherwise known as The Nexus. The production on the song is just right and really adds a great set of dynamics that any music lover could appreciate. I've been a fan of Sneddon's work since his Fame Academy days, so was pleased to see his production skills in action with Bauer-Mein on the song.
With less than a month to wait for the release of No Matter How Far, I'm already expecting great things from everyone's favourite multi-tasking missionary, Elder Archuleta!


  1. Hey Caroline! Love the write up, and agree whole-heartedly! David's a genius with his music, and also with his plan to keep his fans going with some new music here and there while he's gone. David's fans are truly blessed with an artist who cares about what he puts out, as well as the fact that he truly cares about his fans and doesn't want to leave them hanging for 2 years. Awesomesauce!

  2. Caroline, thank you for this nice review of David's new single. Don't know if you know this, but everything David released was by his manager Kari and his team. Any music off all the albums was written and recorded previous to his mission. It is a beautiful song, Don't Run Away and I am excited for another new song that will be on the CD, Heart Falls Out.

  3. Thanks for the review! I love David's voice and he's a stellar human being (btw to anyone reading - he is DavidArchie on twitter). Some of the songs on this album were previously released in Asia like Nothing Else Better to Do which was the bonus track on the Asian version of The Other Side of Down. I love that sweet song - it was written by David Archuleta, Emanuel Kiriakou, Andre Merritt, Lindy Robbins (Eman was also one of the Crush writers and wrote Falling Stars). I'm also looking forward to hearing Heart Falls Out which is a song David wrote with Victoria Horn - Victoria (LadyVMusic on twitter) said it was her favorite song she wrote with David. I am also looking forward to the rest of the album as well as the photos :)