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David Cook

Idol winner delivers with powerful, family-safe CD.
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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.

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.

Families can talk 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
Parental advisory:No
Edited version available:No

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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 compared to so many others in the music business. The song "Heroes" has such a nice positive and inspirational meaning to it. The songs "Mr. Sensitive" and "Life on The Moon" speak to people who may be on the shy side or bullied. "Bar-ba-sol", is a great harder rock song and it's fun. It actually has a nice message in it, too. Your actions have consequences that you have to face. "Permanent" is such an amazing and beautiful song with so much love and emotion
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Teen, 13 years old Written byHilly September 22, 2009

Good Music, But...

I think he was a tiny bit better on Idol.
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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!
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