The former Idol contestant is off on a two-year mission trip, but recorded an album of cover songs before he left.
That album — titled BEGIN. — was released today and finds the Season 7 runner-up back in his element.
After all, David didn’t win over fans by dancing across the Idol stage singing pop songs. If anything, he looked a wee bit uncomfortable when he did that.
He won loyal fans with brilliant renditions of inspirational ballads like John Lennon’s “Imagine.”
And he’s back to singing those types of songs on BEGIN., delivering wonderful versions of “Bridge Over Troubled Water,” “Angel” and “Everybody Hurts.”
Not everything works. I could have done without David’s version of U2′s “Pride (In the Name of Love).” It seems a bit out of kilter with the rest of the album.
But one of the best tracks is “Broken,” and that’s not a cover. In fact, it’s the only original on the album. In case you haven’t heard it, I’ve embedded it below.
After recording two post-Idol pop albums, the change is musical style was entirely deliberate, David said in a video message to fans.
He said he wanted to record an album with “a more relaxed, peaceful kind of feel” in synch with where he is at this point in his life.
Now that he’s delivered a reminder of the vocal talent fans will be missing until his return, the big question is: What next?
Well, judging from the latest video message to fans, it sounds like music will still be part of David’s life when the mission work ends.
“I know it’s something that will also affect my music when I get back,” David says. “It will give me a new light on things and a new perspective musically and with my writing. Who I want to be. What I want to express. I’m really excited to share that with you guys, whatever it may be.”
For the full video, go here.
And, now, “Broken.”