It’s ever so KABOOMish

Something ‘Bout Love has officially dropped—what better time to blither on and onnnnn about the awesomeage of David and Something ‘Bout Love. (Again. heh)

It’s been a loooong time since I gave anything even vaguely techno-lectro-bot dance-clubby-sounding even a nanosecond’s worth of my attention. To me that genre has always felt simultaneously D.O.A. and way too in my face. No heart. No soul. Nothin’ but noisy, meaningless, over-produced, canned, empty calories for me. But THEN David dishes it out and does so in the only flavor he serves up: DEEE-LUXE, with extra, vitamin-enriched SPRINKLES and a big honkin’ DOLLOP of whipped cream.

When I first heard SBL the *spazz* quotient immediately flew clean off the METER for me. I was flung into immediate and ongoing emergency spazz mode. *TILT*TILT*TILT* Yes, of course I hear the snycopated lectro-techno canned dance-clubby vibe with the (i gotta say, prit-tee judiciously applied, imo) autotune, even though he certainly could’ve delivered this little ditty just as magnificently (no, moooaar magnificently) without it,  and I’m the first to confess that historically that vibe has never been my thang (still isn’t)… STILL, SBL instantaneously registered in my mind as a WHOA! Show’em how it’s done KA-BOOOM-ey sorta thing. (: And that earworm took up permanent residence immediately.

I have to wonder if David’s worried about what we’ll take away from this song.  I do know he did (almost dismissively) refer to it as (just?) a “summer fun” kinda thing, and has said publicly that autotune is not for him (got that right, buddy…dear Jive, no need for gratuitous synthesizing with the Archulator. You did better this time, but do like I do…Trust The Archulator) and he did make sure we heard him say that it is not representative of the overall vibe his upcoming album Other Side of Down will have —and while I’m glad it’s not indicative of the overall direction he’s taking with his sophomore album, YOU KNOW WHAT? It is just so STINKIN’ much FUN! It definitely screams SUMMER HIT to me. OK, David, we’re on the same page in this way: You say summer fun, I say summer fun. It is moz def summer fun. I can only guess that this mildly apologetic note I seem to detect (maybe it’s just me) may be because the choice to make SBL the summer single was a compromise to appease “the suits.” Maybe there was something else he’d rather have released as a single. (Maybe that’s partly what performing Parachutes and Airplanes and Not A Very Good Liar and If I Could Only Be, live, was all about. Maybe. And I love those songs. R.E.A.L.L.Y…L.O.V.E…T.H.E.M.) Or maybe he was a little bit worried that some of his fans would think this is the new him if SBL was the chosen single and they would drop him. (Oh, David, honey, I don’t think you have anything to worry about. Trust me.)

I just hafta say, Something ‘Bout Love is one massive LOVEBOATLOAD of Summer Fun, AND I can already tell it’ll definitely catch the attention of a measurable chunk of music consumers out there who up til now were NOT paying attention. BUT THEY ARE NOW :) (and that is probably precisely why it was selected as the summer single release.)  Just random reactions I’ve caught wind of in response to the early radio play it has already received bears this out.  And — because it’s David — woven right into the fabric of SBL’s lectro-boppy-poppy heart it is steeped in his ever present message of hope and encouragement and optimism: Despite all the ups and downs of love…the blaming yourself… the world falling down like rain…you gotta move on… live and let live… don’t give up…don’t lose hope… take your time… you gotta believe… and hang on HANG ONNNN for the ride of your liiiiiife … bcz it’s worth it…bcz it’s gonna be alright…bcz ultimately something bout LOVE sets you freeeee. And it’s all wrapped up in a vehicle bursting with irrepressible, youthful optimism and a big fat “It’s SUMMER, DANGIT, and I DARE you not to dance” danciness and an even BIGGER  just-TRY-not-to-blast-this-baby-from-your-car-radio-full-volume-with-all-the-windows-down-when-you’re-cruisin’ -of-a-summer’s-eve on your way to havin’ your own summer  fun.

AND OF COURSE—it is, for moi, also irrevocably linked with that dang crisp white v-neck tee and them dang red britches and WAY-too-good HAIR and GUH that FACE… and finished off with hints of amusement park in the background—all now permanently SEARED onto my brain cell. (I am forevah beholden to that lovely random fan at Coney Island.)

Now, for all we know the official video will play up the hurt and *emo*drama* of young love and all the “fun” amusement park squences will be looking back to times past… a lost love (a la ALTNOY). No idea. But (thanks to to that dang britches photo and the brilliance that is TOfan) I have MY OWN VIDEO already playin’ in my head …and I’m stickin’ TO it. (If I lurve the real vid, well then I’ll have two vids, now won’t I. Works for meeee. :p)

Speaking of which…I remember spazzin’ big time when I first heard Works For Me. (I still spazz so bad over that song I’m surprised I’m even still ALIVE.) FOR ME it was like witnessing David step up, easily-breezily, with a big ole steel spike & sledge hammer in tow and casually STAKING HIS CLAIM on SOULFUL POP TURF, as in “I think I like it here and I think I’ll STAY awhile…IF. YOU. DON’T. MIND.” It is HIS song, HIS story, HIS GUH-ROOVE-I-TUDE (oh baby) and HIS RIGHTFUL territory thanyouverymuch. I won’t even START re: how the “industry” is serving up so much I-DON’T-EVEN-KNOW schtuffffz and calling it “R’n’B”. Psh. Bull Hockey. For me, David showed ’em how it’s done. OMG I get *wobbly* just thinkin’ about it.

But I digress…

With SBL I get a similar (but not the same) feeling. It’s like he ambles into the ring (I’m talkin’bout that ring where the Big Pop Dogs spar) and says somewhat modestly “You mean something like this?” and then *BAM!* slaps down the Something ‘Bout Love monster and leaves everybody DYING A HAPPY DEATH. Even those who don’t wanna like a lectro-bot ditty are not safe. He manages to infuse it with everything that’s important to HIM (both in content and style,) delivers it seemingly effortlessly with all the stinkin’ awesomage of his ingrained musical intelligence and chops, and yet hangs strictly within the confines of what I consider a specific (and for me usually inadequate) pop musical genre. It’s as if David’s just delivering a friendly tip’o’the’hat to a genre that so many DO love and associate so much fun with in their own lives (himself included, no doubt)… and then meanders off (in search of a more Beautiful Distraction, perhaps?) leaving a trail of happy corpses in his wake. (: Verdict: HOME RRRRRRRRUNNNN! (and, hey, nice hair… but, yo, watch it with the Archu_gaze, buddy. People. could. get. HURT.)

Oh, one more thing, since I can blibberblabber and blither on and onnnnnnn here at the planet …

I find this so… just plain crazy::  Something ‘Bout Love is nothing if not YOUNG. UBER YOUNG (in the BEST of possible ways). It is SUMMERY. It is DANCEY. It is BOPPY.  Am I wrong? (Answer: NO! :p)

And yet I’ve seen so many comments indicating that this song shows how David’s “all grown up.”

Whaaaaaaa????


(yeah, you’n’me, both, buddy)

Sorry, but David has shown massive musical and personal maturity for literally YEARS now. What David has done with Something ‘Bout Love is THIS (once AGAIN) :  SHOWN ‘EM HOW IT’S DONE. KABOOM!! Behold The Archulator!! Woot!

okdone.

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34 Responses to “It’s ever so KABOOMish”


  1. 1 TOfan July 21, 2010 at 7:11 am

    beebs, whoa, cannot keep up with you girl! LOLOL

    You TOTALLY captured the spirit, the essence, the je ne sais quoi that is SBL … I don’t get the “he’s all grown up now” comments either. To me it’s the other way around, his other stuff is SO old-soulish in so many ways and SBL captures his 19-year-old Fountain of Youth sparkly glow.

    and THIS => “Even those who don’t wanna like a lectro-bot ditty are not safe. He manages to infuse it with everything that’s important to HIM (both in content and style,) delivers it seemingly effortlessly with all the stinkin’ awesomage of his ingrained musical intelligence and chops, and yet hangs strictly within the confines of what I consider a specific (and for me usually inadequate) pop musical genre.

    Brilliantly put! The word “subversive” comes to mind … not the usual word you associate with David but instead of the dark, twisted context that word can have, his subversiveness is to fake us out with cotton candy but deliver a powerful message of pure love. lol, I’m not making any sense. Thankfully, YOU DO BEEBS!!! Love every word, thank you!!! ♥♥♥

    • 2 beebee July 21, 2010 at 1:10 pm

      TOfan, ok so you don’t get the “all grown up” thing either. Does this mean I’m not crazy? (do NOT answer that. lol :p) David has not only been READY to rolllll forEVAH, he HAS BEEN ROLLIN’ FOREVAH. The wonderfully YOUTHFUL SBL is full of FUN (enriched with Vitamin DA) and it is the LAST song I would point to as “evidence” that he’s “all grown up.” That’s just wacky_NUTTY to ME. lol… ohhhh welllsy… wutevz. *shrugs*

      And YES. Bingo! Subversive. Absolutely. Sneaky cotton candy ftw! <33

  2. 3 janey July 21, 2010 at 7:46 am

    beebee, if “David” weren’t enough, you come along and somehow wrap everything up in colorful paper and pritty bows and glitter and sprinkles and gift him to us again.

    Thanks darlink, you’re lovely ♥

    ps. you and Works For Me are inseparable, i never think of one of you without the other <3

    • 4 beebee July 21, 2010 at 1:22 pm

      {{{JANEYYYYY}}} David makes me giddy. (Does it show??? lol) It’s funny, sprucin’ up anything with David in it (audio OR visual) is just a big, fat futile exercise in gilding the lilly, I KNOW THIS…kiki … but I can’t hep mahsef, it’s just so much fun. (And I’m harmless…at least I HOPE I am…LOL) It’s Jive that needs to figure out that David doesn’t require any artifical boosting in “da boof.” Just hand that man a microphone and some honest musical accompaniment (if that! lol,) and step back. He can do the rest. But as “lectro-ditty-bops” go… David took it and, like I keep babblin’, he done “showed’em how it’s DONE”

      (For that matter, he doesn’t need any artificial boosting in the “image” dept. either. Mister Real Deal is moooooaaaarrr than sufficient. OK I’m preaching to the choir. I know. *slaps self* lol)

      ps:

      yowza! :) :) :) *thud!*

  3. 5 emilyluvsarchie July 21, 2010 at 7:56 am

    Oh my heck, This is brilliant! You’ve described SBL perfectly. I love it here on Planet Hunkerdown! ;)

    • 6 beebee July 21, 2010 at 2:12 pm

      Heyyyyyy, EMILY!! I’m so happy you’re comfy at the planet—love you and all that you do! Funny how David has even tried to explain SBL to peeps in interviews and stuff (not necessary, David. Really!) Honestly, it stands on its own. So glad you get what I’m sayin’. (bcz It ain’t easy sloggin’ through a beebeeblitherbomb…lol *smishes sticky gold star onto Emily’s forehad* )

  4. 7 Terri July 21, 2010 at 8:31 am

    You just keep on blitherin and blibberblabbin away beebee dahlink! Love this “little” ditty you have so brilliantly produced today. SBL has somehow permanently taken residence in my brain, and I don’t think it is moving out for quite some time!

    <3333333

    • 8 beebee July 21, 2010 at 2:59 pm

      TerriTerri!! <333 I jez luuvv how SBL sticks in my head. And PHEW that OSOD cover chair pic hath d.e.s.t.r.o.y.e.d me even moooaaar than the SBL cover pic. GUH. I'm just a tad scared (TO DEATH) anticipating the full-on OSOD tsunami. It's gonna render me so thoroughly Archu_SMOTE I won't even be able to blither (which is nice.) In fact, lemme just say right now… if ever I seem to have gone missing… just assume i'm curled up in a corner somewhere babbling “*&^$*%realdeal&o3oy*@ !&%$(^$&$ ew)^)classact@^)% #* $fil$musicalgenius~iyw) ^)@fh#joymachine&uf joh;qf;ru @guhroovitude^nq [0tycr’p0ri*^#nicehairbuddy(^* ^$redbritches*%&cycp’cir ;o l;showemhowitsdone$rlr yrhn*@ !&%boyhowdy$ (^$&$el@ ^)%#* $fil$YOWZA~iyw) ^)”

      (or words to that effect. :p)

  5. 9 Kizzi July 21, 2010 at 8:37 am

    LOL Beebee. Whenever I read your blogs, its like riding the Montu (fast, furious and has you hanging upside down with a “what just happened” expression) at Busch Gardens in Tampa – it’s the ultimate —–>

    Love ya

    • 10 beebee July 21, 2010 at 3:23 pm

      Kizzi! Thanks for poppin’ in! Bahaha! “hanging upside down with a ‘what just happened’ expression…” Omyheck, that vid! I know I need Dramamine via 24/7 I.V. drip not only to write and read my own MESS, but to survive the *wheeeeee! squeeee!* rollercoaster that IS this David Archuleta journey! *whoa*dizzy* {{hugz}} <3

      Speakin' of whoa! Check out Jive's site. They finally got their act together— and in a very Davidy way ! :) Woot!

      http://www.jiverecords.com/

  6. 11 daffyfordavid July 21, 2010 at 8:49 am

    I’ve never commented here, but lurked a lot and on other sites where you post. Just had to come on to say you hit it exactly for me with

    It’s like he ambles into the ring (I’m talkin’bout that ring where the Big Pop Dogs spar) and says somewhat modestly “You mean something like this?” and then *BAM!*

    That just so said it all for me in this brilliant piece.

    • 12 beebee July 21, 2010 at 3:55 pm

      Howdy, daffy! So glad you de-lurked! That *BAM* thing is exactly what it looks and feels like to me. :) And I get way too giddy when I see (FEEL) it happen.

  7. 13 a la mode July 21, 2010 at 9:32 am

    Vunderbah! Lurrrrrve this write-up! Such talent in this fanbase! I also appreciate Tofan’s reference to one of my favorite indulgences…cuz to me SBL tastes like “cotton candy but delivers a powerful message of pure love” and it’s soooo much fun! BTW…I hope they have some of that pink stuff in the music video. :)

  8. 15 Zoe July 21, 2010 at 2:49 pm

    Lord have MERCY, Beebee!

    Reading your roller coaster ride of a review has left me breathless and speechless!! Girl, you sure know how to put them words TOGETHER! There’s nothing like one of your fullblown blithering spAzzzZZzzZz fests to make me feel downright giddy!

    Throw in a megadose of Vitamin DA singing SBL on a loop and I’m right back in the groovitude of my youth!

    I wanted to give props to so much of what you’ve written, but realized…heck… I can’t even pick out favorites – it’s all sooooo AWESOME! :-)

    In the land of Archuletaville, there are some inhabitants whose brilliant communication skills are every bit as satisfying as watching and listening to that beloved object of our affection.

    You, missy, are at the tippy top of that illustrious group!

    I remember when David gave Mariah that “I am not worthy” bow during her coaching week on AI. That’s what you’re gonna get from ME if I ever have the pleasure of meeting you!

    {{{{Hugs}}}} Off to read again!!

    • 16 beebee July 21, 2010 at 4:35 pm

      ZOE, Holy Moly! You are TOO KIND (trust me! lol) I think it might be more accurate to describe what happens here as a communication MISHAP… but thank you for the kind words and {{{Hugs}}} right back! I do luvz me my David Archuleta. That’s fo sho! :)

  9. 17 awestruck July 21, 2010 at 6:00 pm

    beebee – you nailed it, what a ride your read was LOL

  10. 19 emmegirl July 21, 2010 at 6:44 pm

    {{beebee}}, what a blitherfest from beebee does for my heart and soul is right up there with what David does! Girl, you are amaaazing and I love you to pieces!

    and THIS, THIS, THIS:

    “Sorry, but David has shown massive musical and personal maturity for literally YEARS now. What David has done with Something ‘Bout Love is THIS (once AGAIN) : SHOWN ‘EM HOW IT’S DONE. KABOOM!! Behold The Archulator!! ”

    *I woke up at 5:30 this morning with guess what in my head!!*

  11. 20 emmegirl July 21, 2010 at 6:47 pm

    I think I just said what Zoe said! Sorry Zoe, just scrolled up and saw your post… and yeah, beebee is bestest!

    • 21 beebee July 21, 2010 at 11:31 pm

      {{{Emmegirl}}} Heyyyyyy! Well GOSH that’s very sweet of you to say. :) I love your input “out there” in the archu_verse. Always have!

      Yeah, I’m still stumped about the “all grown up” thing. Still trying to figger that one out. Maybe somebody will pop in and explain it in a way that makes sense to me. I’d sincerely like to know. It’s not that I don’t think he’s grown up. It’s that I think he’s been that way a long time, despite his youth and innocence, and that of all songs, SBL is not one that particularly showcases a great and/or recent “leap” in musical maturity, but just more of his already-had-it-for-a-LONG-TIME musical know-how. And FUN! Fun enough to make me love it when I am admittedly resistant to the techno-dancey-vibey thang. (But he do serve it up so niiiiice.)

      I have a theory. I’m too tired to blither it out right now. I’ll sleep on it. :)

  12. 22 Angelica July 22, 2010 at 10:54 am

    Beebee,

    Your review of SBL is as fun as the song! You said it all and THEN

  13. 23 Angelica July 22, 2010 at 10:57 am

    WTH?…I was talking here! haha. Anyway, to continue..

    SOME! There. I’m finished now. Except I have to praise this too:

    “*&^$*%realdeal&o3oy*@ !&%$(^$&$ ew)^)classact@^)% #* $fil$musicalgenius~iyw) ^)@fh#joymachine&uf joh;qf;ru @guhroovitude^nq [0tycr’p0ri*^#nicehairbuddy(^* ^$redbritches*%&cycp’cir ;o l;showemhowitsdone$rlr yrhn*@ !&%boyhowdy$ (^$&$el@ ^)%#* $fil$YOWZA~iyw) ^)”

    You woman, are freaking hilarious!

    • 24 beebee July 22, 2010 at 2:10 pm

      LOL! {{{Angelica}}} glad you enjoyed the ride, dahlink. David drives me to this insanity. I take no responsibility. And don’t tell me you haven’t babbled like that in your own corner somewhere little missy cuz I know you have. (your babbling is, of course, far more eloquent and poetic, no doubt… but in the end… it’s still terminal O.D.D… :) )

  14. 25 vermeer July 30, 2010 at 12:04 am

    Hey Mz beebee you haven’t been coming out to play!! me and the princess and a whole bunch of us have been missing you. I know you are prob watching the best 7 min 14 sec in the whole wide world over and over again. I totally understand. Drats, it’s 12:01 am now, 1 minute past my bed time. Gotta go now. Hope you are doing well and see you at the playground at some point?

    • 26 beebee July 30, 2010 at 2:36 pm

      Oh you KNOW how that is! (Dang real life. Sometimes it really gets in the way.) So glad you are having fun on the playground, tho. :) <3

      That vlog… i can't even find words. I am so archu_smote. SHEEZE Such a DOLL I can't even… *implodes*

      *whimper*

      • 27 vermeer July 30, 2010 at 5:47 pm

        Yes I know how that is. My beer project has been dragging its feet, so I have more time on my hands haha. Actually ever since my role at work changed, I have more time. So now I feel bad for those (you?) who are working so hard probably to meet often unreasonable and insane deadlines, though not that you or anyone need my pity. No.

        I know how you feel about that vlog. I don’t even try to speak about it. The heart just swells… So so so many things… I don’t know where to begin. He… um ah oh… squissh! dangle!! rear view mirror!!! Thud Xb

  15. 28 ascphil August 9, 2010 at 12:11 pm

    Oh you guys are so freaking hilarious!

    Beebee, whenever I read you, I feel like I can hear you talking, and it’s like I’m running out of breath because you are such a bundle of incredible energy! Your ODD is outstandingly infectious, that mine feels so tame in comparison. Gosh, dear! A spe-shul section in the dictionary should be formulated for the way you communicate your David-fan-craziness, lol!

    In essence, I TOTALLY AGREE with whatever you’ve written here! SBL FTW!!! WhoadhivcHLWIRAHVFHVKd;vhzdljHkihGDlgvgbckjbghaaah!!!!

    • 29 beebee August 9, 2010 at 12:28 pm

      bahahaha!!! ” I TOTALLY AGREE with whatever you’ve written…” Ascphil! Thanks for popping in! You feelin’ me? kikiki

      And this mess is just in response to the AUDIO. Now that the VIDEO has come out and murdered me… I am … Archu_Fried_T.O.A.S.T.!

      And I am so thrilled about the humongous number of views (and growing!) on YT and Vevo! Oh I want this song to PAY HIM and PAY HIM BIG! So he can take care of bidniss and do moooooaaar of whatever he WANTS! :)

      YESSSS! SBL FTW!! David Archuleta FTW!!! and MOZ DEF “WhoadhivcHLWIRAHVFHVKd;vhzdljHkihGDlgvgbckjbghaaah!!!!” lol

  16. 30 Princess Archie August 11, 2010 at 9:26 am

    Beeberooni!!!! How many different ways can I say ” I FLIPPIN’ LOVE YOOOOOOOOU”? Cuz I do. You always have a way to make me giggle like a teenage Princess. kikikikiki Keep em’ coming, M’Dear, the Kingdom loves a happy Princess. ;))

    Mucho Hugs.

    • 31 beebee August 11, 2010 at 10:29 pm

      It’s the Royal P-Natty HERSELF! Howdy, Your Highness! {{{hugs}}} LOL I loves you, too, and you do the same for moi… but royally.

      I am so stinkin’ excited and happy for OUR BOY I can hardy breathe! The urge to blither is there… the ability to do so is somewhat incapacitated *sPaZzZzZzzzZZZzzzZZZZzzzz*… until further notice. kikiki

  17. 32 happy August 19, 2010 at 5:28 pm

    beebee!!! I am so late to the party I don’t know if you’ll ever even see me….it’s like I went to go get a sweater and never came back…..but YOU MAKE ME LAUGH!!!! Where have I been all your-Planet-hunkerdown-blog-life!!!????

    you.are.the.best. ♥ :)

    • 33 beebee August 20, 2010 at 7:58 pm

      happpppppyyyyyyyyy! So happy to see you! :) Don’t worry, you haven’t missed anything. Same blither. Different day. kikiki

      You definitely did the M.O.A. *POOF!*s You are missed! (gimme a brownie *grabby hands*)

      David’s got me so gobsmacked I can’t even BLITHER any more. And WHO the NUTTERBUTTERS does he think he is with THIS pic?? HM? *handz on hipz* He is so NERVY!

      SHEEEEEEESH!

  18. 34 happy August 24, 2010 at 7:18 am

    wow…world record time…. only took me 5 days to get back here… but who’s counting?

    “David’s got me so gobsmacked I can’t even BLITHER any more. And WHO the NUTTERBUTTERS does he think he is with THIS pic?? HM? *handz on hipz* He is so NERVY!”… bwhahahahhaa :)

    hugs to you.


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