DAVID ARCHULETA, “Movin'”
A lot of pop music fans felt that David Archuleta should have won “American Idol” over David Cook back in the day. But now at age 30, it’s great to know that David’s music career continues to forge ahead independently after last year’s Therapy Sessions album with the mid-tempo, friendly dance rhythms of “Movin'”. Using flavours that highlighted some of Rick Astley’s hits, at 2:36 it’s a super-quick taste for sure, but the change up in style totally suits David’s sincere vocal. “Movin'” has an alternate “After Hours” take (below, 2:46) that adds some additional synth flourishes, but otherwise is a breezy, fun pop/dance release that might be improved with a full remix and an extended version for clubs. David, as always, with his versatile voice could pretty much sing anything and make it work, but “Movin'” stands out because of its clean, straight-forward sound, and could usher in a new era for him
As the numbers get smaller, so the songs begin to be increasingly difficult to talk about without going into many superlatives, so I will probably save those for the Top 50 or so. When I look at this group of 50 songs, I see mainly songs that energize me or affect me emotionally. So for every rave up that is Madonna’s “Sorry” or George Acosta’s remix of “Just Another Day” or Nadia Ali’s “Love Story” or Ricky Martin’s “She Bangs” or Alex Gaudino & Crystal Waters’ “Destination Calabria”, there is JC Chasez’s totally underrated and hurtin’ “Until Yesterday”, Stabilo’s almost-sinister “Flawed Design”, Darren Hayes’ very dark “I Like The Way”, Mary J. Blige & The Game’s heartfelt mashup “MJB Da MVP”, the emotions-run-wild in Mika’s “We Are Golden”, Florence & The Machine’s gothic “Rabbit Heart”, and the teen love’s growing pains in David Archuleta’s “Crush”. Don’t discount the fabulous one-off’s that are “Jerk It Out” by The Caesars or “Summer Jam” by The Underdog Project either!
This will be my last update of this list until after December 29. I’ll be away after Christmas for a few days but may blog about this and that if I have time. Merry Christmas to all who celebrate it!
You can find the updated list right here – don’t forget to leave your comments!