After winning the seventh season of American Idol - by a hair - David Cook has released a self-titled album - but it isn't his debut. For a former member of Axium - voted best band in Kansas City in 2004 - you would expect a more diverse, adventurous record from this experienced musician. David Cook is a decent album, with some big ballads and crowd-pleasing pop rock numbers. But the mid-tempo tracks, although melodic and well-performed, are formulaic, repetitive and quite impossible to tell apart. The record opens with lead single Declaration, an energetic, soaring anthem which displays Cook's husky and powerful voice. Other highlights include Light On, where Cook's occasional growls make the jaunty sing-a-long really special, and the loud, edgy Bar-ba-sol, possibly the best track on the record. The towering guitar riffs and the garage-rock style stand out among the other less impressive efforts. The 25-year-old once said he wished to be the American Our Lady Peace. With such an expressive voice and musical talent, he could achieve even more than that if he set himself higher goals. You wouldn't bother to give Cook's post-Idol release an immediate second listening, but it's one you'll come back to once in a while.