By Leah Greenblatt
Updated November 12, 2008 at 05:00 AM EST
Ron Cadiz

If you’re expecting Daughtry 2: Post-Grunge Boogaloo, well…you’re about right. Cook is clearly built in the guy-linered mold of that earlier Idol alum, though his debut owes just as much to the expert hands that craft it, including producers Rob Cavallo (Green Day, My Chemical Romance) and Brian Howes (Hinder, Chris Cornell). 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. B

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