David Cook’s eponymous album marks the American Idol Season 7 winner’s debut album release. David Cook, a Missouri native, was signed to RCA Records upon winning first place in the America’s top reality singing competition, American Idol, besting out fellow contestant David Archuleta, who was the Season 7 runner-up winner.
Particularly impressive about Cook’s craft is that he is not only a gifted vocalist. He also serves as songwriter who has either written or co-written ten of the thirteen tracks on the record, showcasing his versatility as an artist. His album opens up with “Declaration,” a song co-written by Johnny Rzeznik from the Goo Goo Dolls, which showcases Cook’s fiery rock vocals and instrumentals.
His debut single “Light On,” a rock tune which showcases Cook’s ability to belt out a high C note, peaked at #17 on the Billboard Hot 100 Charts and became a Top Ten Hit in Billboard’s Adult Contemporary Charts. Although his second single “Bar-ba-sol,” failed to chart, it received rave reviews from music critics, many of which cited it as their favorite track on the album.
His third single, “Come Back To Me,” peaked at #63 on Billboard Hot 100 charts and reached #11 on the Adult Contemporary charts. It is a radio friendly tune with a catchy melody which showcases the emotion in Cook’s voice. The moral behind “Come Back To Me,” deals with a guy telling his girlfriend that he is willing to temporarily let her go until she finds herself to in an effort to “come back to him.”
Other noteworthy songs on this record include the soothing rock ballad “Lie,” as well as “Life on The Moon,” which deals with how his life has changed thanks to “American Idol” and notes that the life he once knew is through.
My personal favorite tune off the album is the poignant “Permanent,” in which Cook delivers a haunting and controlled vocal performance which really tugs at the listeners’ heartstrings. It was written for his brother, Adam Cook, who was battling brain cancer at the time. Alas, Cook’s brother passed away in the beginning of May 2009, and Cook went on to sing this melancholic tune live at the Season 8 American Idol grand finale in memory of his late brother, in a moving performance that left viewers in tears. Anybody who has ever lost a loved one can relate to this emotionally potent tune. “Permanent” was released as a charity single where the proceeds went to a nonprofit organization, Accelerate Brain Cancer Cure, which funds research
in hopes to a find cure for this terminal illness.
The final track, “A Daily Anthem,” is a fitting conclusion to this well-crafted album. David Cook’s American Idol coronation song “The Time of My Life,” which peaked at #3 on the Billboard Hot 100 Charts and sold over one million digital downloads, is featured as a bonus track on this record.
In summation, David Cook’s eponymous debut album is a substantial indication that Cook has recorded and co-written an emotionally potent album with flawless lyrics, raising the standards of contemporary pop-rock music. Unlike most albums that are presently released, there are no filler songs on David Cook’s album and each recording is distinct to the point where it makes it difficult to choose a favorite. Although each year American Idol produces a group of talented vocalists, David Cook has made a “declaration” with this album that he is here to stay, and stands out as one of the most promising winners in the competition’s history.