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David Cook’s Digital Vein Album Strikes The Perfect Chord. 


 David Cook, Digital Vein 
I may be too late to the Digital Vein’s CD Release Party which happened on September 18th 2015 but it doesn’t mean that I don’t care or appreciate everything David Cook has to offer to the music world. 

I certainly do – very much so.  

And, with the release of his 4th album, Digital Vein, we are blessed with the heart and soul of what makes David such a special and singular musician in today’s music scene. 

Make no mistake about it – David never was, is or every will be a cookie-cutter artist.  This is why he left RCA in 2012 and firmly planted his feet in the musically fertile world known as Nashville Tennessee. It may have been a scary and, oftentimes, lonely process for the normal musician but, for someone like David – who likes to maintain perfect control over the details surrounding the production of his music -, this change of pace was the perfect fit. 

According to David’s Wikipedia Page,  David stated:

My last independent record, back in 2006, was Analog Heart, and after my major-label journey, with circumstances being what they are, this record is certainly a progression. I don’t think it’s very much like Analog Heart at all, but the process of putting it together was similar in the sense that I worked with a very small team, and I put a lot of myself into every aspect of it. It felt like a throwback in that regard, so I wanted the two records to be connected, if only in name.”

The songs on this album are heaped with the maturity and professionalism we have come to expect from David. His voice sounds super  – always focused and free and yet rich and robust. He values every aspect of the technical process and it shows via the seamless, liberated quality of his vocal delivery. And his articulation is precise, yet nuanced. 

David co-wrote these songs in collaboration with well-known songwriters – Blair Daly, Zac Maloy, Kevin Griffin, Chad Carlson and David Hodges.  They took their time and it shows. It’s not about churning out whatever pops in to your head with your eye on a timeline. 

No. It is not. 

Rather it is about respecting the process and allowing the music to come first and the message to resonate from within your soul. This is what creates great songs, ones that will last for a lifetime and make sense as the years carry on. 

David is presently on a very busy Digital Vein tour and, quite possibly, will be heading toward a city near you. You will be doing yourself a huge favour by attending one of his concerts, because David has grown exponentially since his American Idol Season 7 days.   Even then, he always was a bright, articulate and creative artist and these attributes have intensified over the last 8 years. 

Digital Vein is available now for download iTunes or Amazon and for streaming on Apple Music

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About Masterclass Lady

Rosanne (Giallonardo) Simunovic began her musical career in Timmins, Ontario. She studied piano with Anne Pizzale and later, at an advanced level, with Soeur Anita Vaugeois (Sister Cecile of Les Soeurs De L’Assomption in Timmins). Her vocal and accompaniment skills were nurtured by her aunt, the late Dorothea Mascioli. When Rosanne graduated from O’Gorman High School, she moved on to the University of Toronto where she continued her piano and vocal studies while attaining a Bachelor of Arts Degree. She was hired as a piano accompanist for several musical companies, most notably, the National Ballet Of Canada. She presently holds an A.R.C.T. Teacher’s Diploma in Voice from the Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto. Rosanne has studied choral conducting with numerous well known Canadian Conductors, including Wayne Riddell of Montreal, Quebec and the internationally renowned Dr. Elmer Iseler. She has been a founding member of numerous community-based arts organizations: the Timmins Arts Council, later known as Arts & Culture Timmins, the Timmins Symphony Orchestra, and, the Timmins Youth Singers…as well as the TYS Alumnus choir, the Timmins Concert Singers. In 1987, she was also selected to be the conductor of the Timmins Board Of Education Choir, comprised of talented students from Grades 5 to 8. In 1988, she was elected to the Board Of Directors of the Ontario Choral Federation (now known as Choirs Ontario), where she served as Chair of the Festivals Committee for six consecutive seasons. In 1996, in honour of the Ontario Choral Federation’s 25th Anniversary, Rosanne was selected as one of 25 recipients of the OCF’s Distinguished Service Award for outstanding contribution to the choral art. The ceremony was presided by Lieutenant Governor, Hal Jackman. In November 1997, Rosanne Simunovic was selected by the Rotary Club Of Timmins to receive the prestigious Paul Harris Award for her years of dedication to the artistic development of young musical talent in Timmins. In August of 2002, Rosanne Simunovic was selected by the Board Of Directors of Choirs Ontario to serve as Conductor of both the Provincial Junior and Teen Choir Camps, now renamed in honour of the Camp Benefactors, Don and Lillian Wright. In November 2002, Rosanne was the one of the recipients of the Commemorative Medal for the Golden Jubilee of Queen Elizabeth II, honouring her work in the development of the arts in Timmins. Under Rosanne Simunovic’s direction, the Timmins Youth Singers and the Timmins Concert Singers have been featured in numerous choral festivals and performing opportunities outside of Timmins. In 1985, they were selected to partici

15 Responses to “David Cook’s Digital Vein Album Strikes The Perfect Chord. ”

  1. David Cook is my favorite artist ever! I have followed him since American Idol and am a loyal fan for life. He is very creative in all he does. He’s a great entertainer, extremely funny. You can’t go wrong when it comes to David Cook. I wish the world would recognize him for his talents more. He so deserves it. I will always follow him and support him. He’s the best. Love his falsetto in this album. Love his low voice in this album. Love everything possible about this album. Susanne Rumpf

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  2. Thank you for an excellent review of David Cook .. DIGITAL Vein is the perfect version of who he is as an artist, musician, songwriter and self producer! I have been a fan since American Idol 7 when he won the hearts of American by a landslide of 12million votes !! Leaving RCA label was the most rewarding move for him as an artist and for his LOYAL SUPPORTIVE FAN-BASE! So in his words “whether I fail or succeed.. It will be by my own sword.. As scary as hell as that might be!! ” I couldn’t have experienced more pride at his ALBUM RELEASE as he delivered his New Digital Vein music … With unmeasured passion …ALL HIS WAY!! It makes my heart smile reading your review! YOU REALLY Get David Cook!! He is the most underrated artist and deserves BIG RECOGNITION On this Masterpiece he gave us all! – NYCarole

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  3. I wish I had the time to review each song because each number in its own right is a masterpiece. Maybe I will revisit this topic again and post a track by track review. David deserves this and more. Thank you so much for your comments.

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  4. Great review! I have been a fan of David Cook since his season 7 win on American Idol. His new record Digital Vein is his best yet! David is a very talented singer/ songwriter and is very underrated as an artist.
    Illinois David Cook fan for life!

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  5. Thank you for this great review. David Cook is so talented and he deserves recognition. I have been a fan since American Idol and was lucky enough to be at Digital Vein’s release party and hear the songs live. I am a proud fan and will be for life. David Cook is #1.

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  6. Masterclasslady Thank you!! It would be so wonderful if you did a track by track of his NEW songs…he worked so hard and rolled the dice and Digital Vein is a masterpiece… Listen to “Better Than Me”… I hope this will be his next single release… he needs radio time and we (his fandom) have tried and tried!! Thank you again for any recognition you can send out!! ~ NYCarole

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  7. Love this! Thanks for writing this beautiful article about David Cook and his amazing Digital Vein record! You state the truth and really get him.

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  8. I so appreciate, and look forward to, your reviews on the very talented David Cook. He is my favorite artist and it’s wonderful to see that you recognize how very special and talented he is. Digital Vein is his best work yet, and so worth the wait. It far exceeds my already lofty expectations. I hope you do a song-by-song review in the near future.

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  9. I do hope you’ll do a track by track analysis – have always appreciated your thoughts on David Cook. Be sure to give a listen to all the bonus songs, too, from the Deluxe & the Walmart albums – some of my faves are bonus songs.

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  10. Thank you so much Masterclass for this great review. Digital Vein by David Cook is a brilliant masterpiece as was This Loud Morning ( which went over the heads of most DJs and most powers that be (including RCA). But this time around, more people have taken a notice to the brilliant Talent (all around Talent) that is David Cook. To really appreciate this artist and his brilliance – you must or should go to one of his “live” shows. He will blow you away ………… David Cook is the BEST! I hope you get a chance to listen to the hidden bonus tracks on the Deluxe album and Walmart Exclusive of Digital Vein – “Where Do We Go”, “Firing Squad”, “But You Won”t”, and “We’re Not In This Alone” are killer songs. I would love you to do a song review, thanks again

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  11. It’s his best album yet.

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  12. I am a diehard David Cook fan for life, have followed him since his days on American Idol. He is extremely talented, articulate and intelligent, not to mention one of the nicest people you will ever meet in your life. His heart is as big as his talent; he is very underrated as a performer , as his shows are some of the best shows I have ever been to in my life. He pours his heart and soul into everything he does. I am a fan for life.

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  13. I await in anticipation your track by track review of this record, MasterClass Lady. David has always said it’s all about progression, and I think you’ll find as you listen to the songs on this record, he has progressed vocally, musically, and as a songwriter. The production on this album is stellar, especially on Better Than Me, one of the only songs he didn’t write. He has a wonderful sense of the less is more school of production. I love this song for the fact that he has presented himself in a very different way, much more mature, almost jazz-based, the result is unlike anything he’s ever done post-Idol. I’d like to hear more of this style from him. I’d like your opinion on that song in particular MCL. I supported, as did many others, his Pledge Music campaign while he was in post-production on this record. When I learned the title of the record I admit I made the immediate connection to Analog Heart. As I posted on the comments page, the circle is now complete.
    I saw David in concert on Oct. 21st in Minneapolis, and I totally enjoyed the evening. As others have said above, he’s terrific live. The fact it was a small venue with only 300 people, made it warm and intimate, and I will cherish that he did Better Than Me live. A moment I won’t forget.

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  14. Vocab Mad – I will keep this ding in mind when I write my song by song review and of his CD. He is one thing of the greatest talents to emerge from any reality singing show.

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