David Cook VS. David Archuleta
It doesn’t bode particularly well for originality that both Davids—reigning American Idol champ Cook and runner-up Archuleta—took the self-titled route for their debut albums. Indeed, originality is exactly what’s missing from Cook’s disc. While he pretty much holds his own with Chris Daughtry, the novelty of an Idol rocker is gone. Sticking close to the middle of the road, he leans heavily on power ballads. Best are the first single, “Light On,” on which he displays shades of cowriter Chris Cornell, and the Bush-esque “Come Back to Me.” But the biting “Bar-ba-sol” shows that he might want to sharpen his edge.