Perhaps no “American Idol” winner has been more transparent about his or her musical intentions than Phillip Phillips. Week after week, the grumpy-voiced reigning champion stayed so unwaveringly true to his vision that anyone who watched already knows exactly what “The World From the Side of the Moon” sounds like. It’s essentially a magnet with two poles — Dave Matthews (his true north) and Mumford & Sons — and it’s just a matter of how far each song swings the needle from side to side. With its drum clop, Phillips’s adenoidal syllable-gnawing, and wide-ranging, across-the-neck acoustic funk, “Where We Came From” is indistinguishable from Matthews, while the Mumfordish “Home” glides on warm, oaky strums, a cut-time stomp, and a liberated, wordless chant. The latter also showcases a theme he uses song after song, the comfort of home as beacon. Phillips may be an artist of just a few ideas, but he believes in them. And he’s not afraid to use them over and over. (Out now) Marc Hirsh
Album Review | Rock
Phillip Phillips, ‘The World from the Side of the Moon’
By Marc Hirsh| Globe Correspondent November 20, 2012
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