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David Cook's Single "Light On" Hits the Web

Love It or Leave It: David Cook's First Song, "Light On"

David Cook's first single has hit the Web, and I'm still sorting out how I feel about it. Is it too Creed-ish? Or is it exactly what you hoped to hear from the American Idol winner?

"Light On" premiered on Popeater on Tuesday, will hit iTunes on Sept. 30, and will be the first single from his still-untitled first album that will be released Nov. 18. Take a listen to "Light On" (don't let the eyeliner in the video scare you) and then vote!

Light On - David Cook

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astrid astrid 8 years
Sounds like Creed.
mamaseacat mamaseacat 8 years
I HEART David Cook! The song does sound like a lot of the songs you hear out there already, but I'd have to say that people have to take into consideration that although he helped write the songs, he most likely didn't have the final decision. The American Idol higher ups choose his sound and control the way things need to be. If you listen to David Cook's older songs - pre American Idol - it's very fresh and you hear more of his style and his excellent voice.
bettybooptoo bettybooptoo 9 years
I really, really love this song. I wasn't so sure at first, but that was more that it wasn't what I was expecting from his Pre Idol work. His vocals on this song are TOTALLY PHENOMENAL, and as was pointed out by his brother, it's a great transition song for David. This is what I envision when I listen to it. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=isOoEmKZiEc .
kafarine-tin-tin kafarine-tin-tin 9 years
His voice is amazing though.
kafarine-tin-tin kafarine-tin-tin 9 years
For me it's better than David Archuleta's song, but I'm still on the fence... I think I liked it but I found myself getting bored, and sort of waiting for it to finish so I could vote and comment. I'm not sure it that means I hated it though.
stone_soup stone_soup 9 years
It sounds too much like Bo Bice to me. But I still "love it"!
tweeties tweeties 9 years
A Creed song? Seriously? I don't think so. What it does remind me of are the great arena rock songs of the 70's/80's that I grew up with. I love it!
Tigerjag Tigerjag 9 years
This is a fantastic song. It's got so many layers and showcases his beautiful voice so well. He's so much more that just an American Idol. I'll be downloading Light On on September 30 and buying the album the second it comes out. Light On was worth the wait!
Lady-of-the-Lurk Lady-of-the-Lurk 9 years
I agree with Hiedi on this one. It is a transition song. David is a smart man and knows what he is doing. He is not going to come out of the gate blazing rock. He has allot to say and says it well. I see this song as an introduction. He shows us his heart in the lyrics. The arrangement uses his range well, balances of highs and lows, loud and soft. The more I listen to it the more I like it. I believe it will draw fans in from all genres. Great first single and leaves me wanting more, much more.
PIPERCOOKIE PIPERCOOKIE 9 years
This song is amazing ! David Cook is amazing ! A rising rock star ! Love it ! I foresee amazing things and songs coming soon from David Cook !!! His album, his solo tour !!!
Galaxywordnerd Galaxywordnerd 9 years
I adore this song. It's '80s Power Rock Ballad feel and David's velvety, raw vocals and viceral emotions just bring me to my knees. I couldn't have wanted any less. This is an experience, not just "hearing"!!!
thelorax thelorax 9 years
Yeah...I'm on the fence as well. David Cook's voice is amazing but this particular SONG isn't particularly stellar. I'll be looking forward to his next release.
yiddidea yiddidea 9 years
Oops, sorry Pop, meant to type Buzz! I understand that the way polls are set up here it is not really possible to have the poll first and then get your opinion, so no need to apologize. ;)
Entertainment Entertainment 9 years
Hey guys, Buzz here (not Pop -- she hasn't weighed in yet!) Didn't mean to bias you — I did say I was undecided about the song, and I still am.
rainonme224 rainonme224 9 years
I think it sounds like Creed or Chris Cornell song a lot, but I don't mind it. After reading the reviews I thought the song would be horrible but I really don't think it's bad, it needs to grow on me more.
Renees3 Renees3 9 years
He doesn't have a ton of control over this album at all so it's not surprising that they chose a song so similar to what he did each week on Idol. I mean really that's why people voted for him right? I think he's very talented and give some time and some choices he can do great
yiddidea yiddidea 9 years
Love ya Pop, but I agree with waffle84. I got a little annoyed to see your opinion of the song posted BEFORE the poll. It gives the listeners a preconceived notion before listening to it. I also agree that this is a rock song, not a pop song. But I am going to stop coming here to defend this since everyone is entitled to their own opinions...and I am sounding like a fangirl..haha.
waffle84 waffle84 9 years
POPSugar, I wish you'd just ask what people think instead of asking if it's too "Creed-ish". I like to make my own judgements without having preconceived notions put there! Anyway, your link is gone but I went to Popeater to hear it. Luckily I DID NOT read what you said before I listened and I'm glad I didn't. Antway, I loved it! Perfect for his voice! I would not call this pop. Pop/rock mabye but it definitely has a rock edge. I don't think it's like Creed or even Chris Cornell, even if he wrote it. Not sure where the Creed thing came from??
em1282 em1282 9 years
I think they could have given him a better song. I wasn't his biggest fan but I did like seeing him on the show, and this just sounds...weird to me.
hiedi hiedi 9 years
I agree cindychic, his voice is phenomenal...
cindychic cindychic 9 years
Come on, he has a great voice.
Linda-McP Linda-McP 9 years
Disappointed in this one; I think he is more talented than this song shows.
HeidiMD HeidiMD 9 years
I have a feeling this guy is going the way of most American Idols, and will just fade into obscurity forever.
verily verily 9 years
I almost never like the CDs put out by any of these American Idol winners. The exception would be that I liked a few of Carrie Underwood's songs, and strangely I'm not even much of a country fan.
hiedi hiedi 9 years
I think his vocals in this song are first rate. The song isn't my favorite, but it's not bad either. If anything, it gets me even more excited to hear the rest of the album, and the songs that HE actually wrote. I think what people may be forgetting is that this first single needs to serve a purpose. It is a transition song.... to bring those people who actually liked the "magic Rainbow" song into his circle a bit more, before unleashing anything too "rock" that might alienate him. Baby steps, as it were. And he's a smart guy....he understands that his first album NEEDS to have big-time commercial success, or he may not have a chance at a second. You can't win every battle with the label the first time out of the gate, and I think David Cook will have a BIG part of himself on this album. Unfortunately in this business there is a lot of give and take. I'm just stoked to hear the rest of the album!
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