Wednesday, July 30, 2008
An Alog Heart
A fan gave me David Cook's album Analog Heart from 2006 a while back. It got tossed into a bin after a show and I didn't find it until today as I was unpacking stuff to repack for the tour dates upcoming. Anyway, I finally got to listen to it.
I was David Cook fan while he was on the show. This album, if I weren't a fan wouldn't do anything for me to become a fan, if I'm being honest. The albums sounds great, but I wish they had spent more time on the vocals...David Cook proved this year he's a fantastic vocalist, and unfortunately, there are many times on here that isn't shown.
However, with that said, this album actually makes me even more excited about his upcoming album. Why? Didn't I just say Analog Heart wasn't incredible? Yes...but overall you can hear his ear for a great song (though the songs weren't all that great here, they were awful close), great arrangements and good production. The thing about indie albums is that it's tough to find an indie that puts everything together right...on this one, David put together a great album with good songs, and really good production (for the style of music he was going for). I'm not sure who produced the album or who played on it, but everything sounds really, really good.
So, for those who haven't heard it: you're not missing a lot - in fact, I think that, for once, 19 entertainment got it right, in forcing people to wait for the "real thing". But trust me (and tons of others who have heard it) in saying that David Cook is a star and he shows great promise of it on this album.
I hear he's working with Rob Cavallo...that's freaking awesome! Rob produced the Green Day records, the Black Parade album for My Chemical Romance and, most importantly to me: Goo. Rob produced the greatest Goo Goo Dolls albums...if he can pull the same vocal performances from David that he's pulled from tons of other singers, then this album is going to be a winner.
I've learned my lessons on predicting how many albums someone might sell...so I'll save it. But I will say this: I think David Cook has every tool he needs to be a best-selling artist. Doesn't mean he'll be it, but he has the tools, and that's a start! Now, let's hope his label continues to pour money into radio promotions!
ETA: So we're clear: I am a David Cook fan. I like his music and this his songwriting shows incredible promise here. I think that this album is in the 95th percentile for local indie artists I've ever heard (and I've heard a lot). So, please don't read into this as me trying to bash David Cook or that I'm jealous...I am doing neither! Thanks for checking out the blog.