David Cook

Music review by
Kathi Kamen Goldmark, Common Sense Media
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Parents recommendPopular with kids
Idol winner delivers with powerful, family-safe CD.

Parents say

age 7+
Based on 5 reviews

Kids say

age 8+
Based on 10 reviews

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Positive Messages
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

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.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written bywordnerd1121 March 27, 2012

Wonderful and beautiful!

David Cook is amazing. I love the beauty of the lyrics. It has raw emotion, but it's certainly acceptable for young kids. This album is so refreshing compa... Continue reading
Parent of a 13 and 15-year-old Written byswtpeaami July 25, 2009
David Cook is an amazing singer and song writer, I love his voice and how he sings from his soul. He is a role model to young boys. Everyone in this house loves... Continue reading
Teen, 13 years old Written byilovegir23 March 22, 2010


David Cook is my all time favorite singer!
Kid, 10 years old September 24, 2009


David Cook is a great, legit rockstar. His songs are written beautifully and most of them have positive or bright messages. This is ON for kids!

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?

Music details

  • Artist: David Cook
  • Release date: November 18, 2008
  • Label: RCA
  • Genre: Rock
  • Parental advisory: No
  • Edited version available: No
  • Last updated: June 19, 2019

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