David Cook (album)

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David Cook
Studio album by
ReleasedNovember 18, 2008 (2008-11-18)
RecordedJune – August 2008
55:43 (Wal-Mart Bonus Track)
ProducerRob Cavallo
David Cook chronology
Analog Heart
David Cook
This Loud Morning
Singles from David Cook
  1. "Light On"
    Released: September 30, 2008
  2. "Come Back to Me / Bar-ba-sol"
    Released: March 23, 2009

David Cook is the first major-label studio album, second overall from seventh season American Idol winner David Cook, released on November 18, 2008, in the United States by RCA Records. It was certified platinum [1] and has sold over one million copies in the United States.[2] It has produced two top twenty singles, "Light On" and "Come Back To Me". The single "The Time of My Life" has also been certified platinum by the RIAA.[3][4] "Light On" was certified platinum in January 2010.[4]


The first single, "Light On", was released to U.S. radio on September 30, 2008. The song sold 109,000 digital downloads in its first week of availability, leading to a number seventeen debut on the Billboard Hot 100 and number eight on the Hot Digital Songs chart. "Light On" was certified platinum in January 2010.[4]

"Come Back to Me" and "Bar-ba-sol" were released as a dual A-side single in March 2009 as the second and third singles, respectively.[5] The video for "Come Back to Me" premiered on American Idol on April 1.

Other singles[edit]

On May 20, 2009, Cook performed the song "Permanent" on the finale of American Idol Season 8. This version was released as a digital single, independent of the album promotion, with the proceeds from the song and the video of his performance going to charity. The single version of the song is longer than the version on his album.

"The Time of My Life" (his first feature single as the winner of American Idol[6]) is also featured as a bonus track on the album.

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
Review scores
AllMusic3.5/5 stars[8]
Artistdirect1.5/5 stars link
Blender1.5/5 stars[9]
Entertainment WeeklyB[10]
Rolling Stone2.5/5 stars[12]
Us Weekly3/4 stars link
USA Today2.5/4 stars[13]
TuneLab Music7/10 stars link

The album's reception has been generally mixed to positive. Entertainment Weekly gave the album a positive review saying, "They give David Cook's clutch of bombastic verse-chorus- verse rockers an impressive melodic sheen, one well suited to Cook's husky, expressive vocals. If anything, the series of booming midtempo anthems (most notable among them "Bar-ba-sol" and "Mr. Sensitive") could use a little sandpapering around the edges."[10] AllMusic concurred writing, "He not only is a star thanks to AmIdol, but he's always been ready to do big, happy, crowd-pleasing grunge-pop, as his self-released 2006 debut, Analog Heart, proved. David Cook is remarkably similar to that now-suppressed effort, heavy on crawling, melodic midtempo rockers and power ballads, only given more gloss in its production and writing."[8]

Billboard said of the album, "Much like his predecessors' quick-turnaround debuts, Cook's is fairly generic, but its rock edge is dirtied up with crunching guitars and the artist's tuneful growl. There are a host of big, anthemic choruses that highlight the power of Cook's voice, namely the soaring "Declaration" and Chris Cornell/Brian Howes-penned "Light On." Elsewhere, Cook exercises his right to rawk with the swaggering, gritty "Bar-ba-sol" and bares his soul alongside a delicate piano and string arrangement on "Permanent." There are some lyrical missteps ("Life on the Moon," which marvels at the titular concept), but as the lone rocker winner of "Idol" to date, Cook stands apart from cookie-cutter pop."[14]

Rolling Stone gave the album an average review commenting on its lack of "out-of-the-box songwriting". Meanwhile, Ken Barnes of USA Today was also subdued in his review, particularly criticizing the production team and the song choices made on the album. Of it, he wrote, "they did him a disservice ... [Cook] has a more supple, versatile voice than Daughtry, and he demonstrated vastly more musical originality than most Idol finalists, but you’d never know it from this collection of formulaic, tune-averse tracks."[12]

Track listing[edit]

3."Light On"3:49
4."Come Back to Me"4:07
5."Life on the Moon"
  • Cook
  • Bjørklund
  • Lind
  • Maloy
  • Cook
  • Danny Grady
  • Dan Dixon
  • Steve Slovisky
  • Chris Wojtal
  • Jade Lemons
7."Mr. Sensitive"
  • Cook
  • Maida
  • Cook
  • Bjørklund
  • Lind
  • Maloy
9."I Did It For You"
  • Cook
  • Maida
12."A Daily AntheM"
"Kiss on the Neck" (hidden track after 7 1/2 minutes of silence, beginning at 12:00; full track is 15:24. Included on all hard copies of the CD)
13."The Time of My Life" (Bonus Track)Regie Hamm3:36
14."My Last Request" (iTunes pre-order Bonus track)3:30
15."Breathe Tonight" (Japanese edition and Walmart Bonus track)3:03


Adapted credits from the album's liner notes.[15]

  • David Cook - Art direction, guitar, vocals

Release history[edit]

List of release dates, showing region, and label
Region Date Label
United States November 18, 2008 (2008-11-18)
Brazil March 11, 2009 (2009-03-11) Sony Music Entertainment
United Kingdom April 5, 2009 (2009-04-05)
  • RCA
  • 19
Japan July 7, 2009 (2009-07-07) Sony Music Japan

Chart performance[edit]

The album debuted at the number-three spot on the Billboard 200 chart with sales of 280,000 copies in the United States.[16] In the beginning of February 2009, it was announced that the album had been certified platinum by RIAA[1] for shipment of 1,000,000 copies. The album also broke digital sales records for a debut artist, selling 59,000 electronic copies.[17] The album has sold over 1,500,000 copies worldwide.[18]

Chart (2008–2009) Peak Position[19]
Finnish Albums Chart[20] 15
U.S. Billboard 200 3
U.S. Billboard Top Rock Albums 2
Canadian Albums Chart 11
Japanese Albums Chart[21] 130
Year End Charts (2009)[22] Year End Rank
U.S. Billboard 200 13
U.S. Billboard Top Rock Albums 4
U.S. Billboard Top Internet Albums 9

Sales and certifications[edit]

Country Total sales Digital sales Certification
United States 1,500,000[23] 158,000[24] Platinum
Canada 50,000 Gold[25]


  • The song "A Daily AntheM" was featured on the eighth season of American Idol during the audition episodes.
  • The song "Heroes" was featured on the commercial for the FIFA World Cup and when he was on Extreme Makeover: Home Edition while he was coming off the bus. It was also used as the soundtrack for NBC Sports Championship Season promos in 2010 for: The Kentucky Derby (May), The Players (May), The Preakness Stakes (May), The French Open (June), The Stanley Cup Final (June), US Open (June), and Wimbledon (July).[26]


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  3. ^ RIAA news
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  6. ^ David Cook Sizzles With Record Chart Debuts
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  14. ^ Menze, Jill (November 22, 2008). "David Cook". Billboard. Archived from the original on December 27, 2008. Retrieved June 20, 2011.
  15. ^ David Cook (booklet). David Cook. RCA. 2008. 88697-33463-2.CS1 maint: others (link)
  16. ^ Ask Billboard: "Idol" Worship
  17. ^ Beyoncé: I Am... Bigger Than Nickelback, David Cook
  18. ^ David Cook to perform before and after RSL Game
  19. ^ "David Cook Album & Song Chart History - David Cook". Billboard. Retrieved September 26, 2011.
  20. ^ "Finnish charts - David Cook (Album)". finnishcharts.com. Retrieved September 26, 2011.
  21. ^ "David CookのCDアルバムランキング、David Cookのプロフィールならオリコン芸能人事典-ORICON STYLE". Oricon.co.jp. Retrieved December 30, 2013.
  22. ^ Year-End Chart 2009
  23. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2012-07-02. Retrieved 2012-06-30.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  24. ^ Mansfield, Brian (September 24, 2010). "Season 8 Compilation Tops This Week's American Idol Albums". USA Today.
  25. ^ "Canadian Recording Industry Association (CRIA): Gold & Platinum - January 2005". Cria.ca. Archived from the original on December 15, 2010. Retrieved 2012-02-12.
  26. ^ "NBC Sports Championship Season".

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