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Phillip Phillips, American Idol’s season 11 winner, has released his debut album November 19 titled The World From The Side Of The Moon. Phillips has surely found a hot start off the Idol train, with massive success of his hit single “Home” taking over the airwaves and plenty of commercial use. I believe Phillips is one of the better winners to come out of the Idol competition and I think he’s off on the right foot with this debut album.
Phillips has clear influence in his musical styling from Dave Matthews Band as well a similar sound to the recent indie folk uprising such as Mumford & Sons. In fact, upon first listen, the heart of this album sounds like it could be Dave Matthews Band songs themselves, mostly from “Hold On” to “Wanted Is Love.” This is a six track span, so you have to listen with a grain of salt. Although, he has made it aware that Dave Matthews was one of his biggest influences when developing musically, the sound has been done before.
The most potential I found off the album was a hot kickoff with songs such as the debut track, “The Man on the Moon”, the ever-popular “Home” and “Gone, Gone, Gone.” They feature some great lyrics, while maintaining very upbeat acoustics, and are a joy to listen to. The song winds down towards the end with a couple sweet songs, where a lot of the originality hides.
Phillip Phillips is excellent lyrically, and does have a pretty good voice range, but all in all, his songs are great. The album is enjoyable, I still appreciate it. It gives me hope that good real music is still able to come away from American Idol, and sets the tone for an excellent first step in a solid career that’s ahead for Phillips.
I recommend the album, giving it 3.5 out of 5, but I recommend it. I love the rise in popularity of the folk infusing in popular music today, and Phillips helps the cause. If anything, he’s released an excellent debut album in The World From The Side Of The Moon and it's certainly worth a listen.
Phillip Phillips - "Home":