Kyle Anderson
June 24, 2011 AT 04:00 AM EDT

David Cook must think the greatest era of rock history was between 1995 and 1999, when bands like Better Than Ezra and Our Lady Peace pumped alt radio full of post-grunge jangle. Both of those bands’ frontmen have co-writing credits on the former American Idol victor’s second album, This Loud Morning, which too often uses closing-credits-of-a-Michael-Bay-movie bombast to suffocate otherwise sweet, sometimes whimsical experiments like the album-opening ”Circadian.” B-

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