David Cook - David Cook

2009-02-03 10:24
 
David Cook (SonyBMG, 2008)
 
For David Cook, the 2008 winner of the behemoth reality talent contest, that meant he has finally found an enthusiastic audience for his generic, Daughtry-baiting rawk music. While his look is very blue-collar Springsteen, his scrubbed vocals and endless wall of guitar power is a bit more middle class than he lets on. This is a lonely journey Cook finds himself on, and the introspection on every song doesn't quite gel with the, well, bigness of the songs.

There's something distinctly American about David Cook. From the self-assured vocal delivery, to the turned-up-to-11 guitars that permeate the entire album. It feels like being rock and rolled into submission. It's like emo without the eyeliner or attitude, just in-your-face and desperate to share it's pain and disillusionment with you.

And chances are you'll be won over in the end. What Cook lacks in imagination, he makes up for with good 'ol American spunk – there's the grand statement of intent ("Declaration"), the big choruses ("Life on the Moon"), the brash attempt at sarcasm ("Mr Sensitive") and melodies that will stick like glue.

He might have just the one mode – loud – and he'll probably never appeal to audiences who didn’t vote to make him a star, like Kelly Clarkson and Jennifer Hudson have, but he'll do for now.


American Idol is the Barack Obama of American television – it's democratic, extremely popular, and creates mega-stars out of relative nobodies.

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Allison 2009/01/28 5:41 PM
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Great Album!! Hasn't left my CD player yet.
Jennifer 2009/01/28 6:19 PM
I am wondering if the person who wrote this article actually listened to the David Cook album. They are waaaay off. I think it is an awesome CD and I disagree totally with the writer. He is and never has been "generic' or "lacking in imagination". WTF???
Iris 2009/01/28 9:11 PM
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While many of the songs are loud, there are several that show Cook's softer, quieter side such as Lies and Permanent to name two. I like what he has done and look forward to more.
Rose 2009/01/29 3:05 AM
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You have got to be kidding me with this review. David Cook's CD is one of the best ones released this winter. He has always been original and very passionate about his music. He sings with such feeling. Better play it again and this time listen to it. Hasn't left my CD player yet either.
Gail 2009/01/30 12:42 PM
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This is a great cd!!!!! It was totally worth the wait. For me David is the best American Idol ever!!
Janette 2009/02/02 11:04 AM
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Love this cd! He isn't bad looking either ;)
Tara Logan 2009/07/05 8:21 PM
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Whoeever wrote this review definately diden`t listen to the cd. I`ve been listening to this cd for the past 6 months and its still my fave. Best american idol ever!! Oh and it went platinum so there are obviously alot of people that like his music MR Reviewer!!
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