David Cook – David Cook – review

American Idol winner David Cook’s self-titled debut album is produced by Grammy winning Rob Cavallo (Green Day, Kid Rock), David Cook is a quality album full with radio hits. Cook co-wrote 9 songs from his debut, along with songwriters like Chris Cornell, Brian Howes & Cathy Dennis.

David Cook
Artist: David Cook
Title: David Cook
Label: RCA
Rating: 4.5/10

Corporate line:
American Idol winner David Cook’s self-titled debut album is produced by Grammy winning Rob Cavallo (Green Day, Kid Rock), David Cook is a quality album full with radio hits. Cook co-wrote 9 songs from his debut, along with songwriters like Chris Cornell, Brian Howes & Cathy Dennis. The 1st single “Light On” was co-written by one of rock music’s most influential innovators, Chris Cornell, lead singer and songwriter for Soundgarden and Audioslave, and acclaimed producer / songwriter Brian Howes, who has worked with superstar rock bands such as Hinder and Puddle of Mudd.

The good:
Got nothing for you.

The rest:
“Declaration” – Sadly this makes Cook sound like cookie-cutter rock from the ’80s. I cringe at the thought of David Cook doing Journey and yet we now know what that would sound like.

“Heroes” – Not even close.

“Light On” – Even though this song was written by the Chris Cornell it didn’t mean that David Cook had to try and sing it just like Cornell and yet that is exactly what happened.

“Mr. Sensitive” – Paint-by-the-numbers rock.

“I Did It for You” – Cook has never been duller.

Finally:
Where is the experimental David Cook that won American Idol? Cook can sing but he lost all his personality on this album. Perhaps they should have let him singing songs he wrote instead of trying to take on the personality of a dozen other writers. This album is completely lost on me.

“Light On” video

David Cook releases “Light On” app

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American Idol winner David Cook today launched the “Light On” interactive lighter application for iPhone and iPod touch, giving fans a deluxe version of his first single, “Light On,” co-written by Chris Cornell and Brian Howe off his debut album. The “Light On” App is now available for download from Apple’s App Store on iPhone and iPod touch or at www.itunes.com/appstore/ and David Cook’s debut album will be released on 19 Recordings / RCA Records on November 18th on the iTunes Store (www.itunes.com). “Light On” debuted in the Top 10 on the Billboard Digital Songs charts and was the #1 most added song at Hot AC and is one of the fastest growing songs at the format.

Cook states “I am really stoked about this application. I think it gives a different dynamic to the single and it is much safer than practicing pyromania. Not to mention, you won’t burn your thumb!”

The interactive “Light On” App turns an iPhone or iPod touch into a “virtual” lighter while playing Cook’s single “Light On.” Using the iPhone’s unique technology, fans simply “flick” the iPhone or iPod touch and the flame goes out while the song fades out. The application also provides links to the iTunes Store to listen and buy Cook’s new hit single or pre-order his upcoming album. Additionally the application allows the user to send a message to a friend and links directly to DavidCookOfficial.com, where users can connect with each other.

“Mobile applications that connect artists with their fans in an entirely new way are game changing,” says Wade Beavers, CEO of DoApp Inc., the web and mobile innovation company SONY BMG worked with to create the application. “This fun application enables David Cook to connect with his fans and give them something more than digital downloads.”

David Cook to release new album in November

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merican Idol winner David Cook will release his self-titled debut album on November 18th, 2008 (19 Recordings / RCA Records). The first single, “Light On,” produced by Grammy winning producer Rob Cavallo (Green Day, Kid Rock) is currently available at all digital music providers.

“Light On” was co-written by one of rock music’s most influential innovators, Chris Cornell, lead singer and songwriter for Soundgarden and Audioslave, and acclaimed producer / songwriter Brian Howes, who has worked with superstar rock bands such as Hinder and Puddle of Mudd.

In late September “Light On” premiered on AOL Music’s pop culture news site, PopEater.com, receiving over 1 million plays in less than week. Cook has been busy in the studio, co-writing many of the upcoming album’s tracks alongside some of music’s hottest rock songwriters.

Please see below for official tracklisting:

01 Declaration

02 Heroes

03 Light On

04 Come Back to Me

05 Life on the Moon

06 Bar-ba-sol

07 Mr. Sensitive

08 Lie

09 I Did It for You

10 Avalanche

11 Permanent

12 A Daily AntheM

BONUS TRACK

The Time Of My Life