A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this music.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that American Idol winner David Cook delivers family-safe songs dealing with relationships, loneliness, and life on the road via well-written, personal poetry. And while Cook may rock an unshaven look, he's no rebel. There is nothing inappropriate for tweens and teens on this album.
- Parents say
- Kids say
What's the story?
Produced by Grammy-winning Rob Cavallo, who's also worked with Green Day and Kid Rock, and featuring nine of the artist's original songs, DAVID COOK showcases the Idol star's talents to great appeal. This collection addresses the themes of love, loss, and loneliness with heartfelt -- but harmless -- lyrics and rhythms.
Is it any good?
Powerful rock-anthem musicianship supports Cook's husky, polished vocals. One highlight, "Lie," explores the bittersweet expectation of a lover's departure with charming poetry and understated guitar drifting over a powerful rhythm section ("You're hiding regret in your smile / there's a story in your eyes I've seen coming for a while / hang on to the past tense tonight"). Literary metaphors? Impressive.
With song-writing cred, guitar-playing ability, and solid vocals, David Cook is an artist with staying power.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about the strong emotions brought up on songs like "Life on the Moon" ("Here in this crowd I'm feeling all alone / turn me around and point me back to home"). Do you ever feel lonely even when there are other people all around you? Is the trade-off for fame necessarily a life of isolation?