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Old 06-04-2012, 01:46 AM   #1
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Idol: Early review of Phil Phillips' new single "Home"

http://rantingaboutmusic.com/2012/06...phillips-home/

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Each coronation single hits all the cliches of schlock pop music: stiff arrangements that want to be important, big and empty productions, and all the cloying sentimentality of a dollar store greeting card. They’re an eagerly erased smudge on a promising career at best, and one foot in the commercial grave at worst. Anyway, let’s see what the new guy Phillip Phillips (seriously?) got stuck with.

“Home” begins with some acoustic picking that doesn’t sound too simple or too complicated before Phillips’ brings his Idol winning voice to the track. Dude has an interesting voice. I can’t tell if that’s interesting good or interesting bad, but his audition video struck me as early Eddie Vedder passing as a jazz singer (aside: is this really what passes as judging on Idol these days?). But none of that really shows up on the recorded version of “Home”. If anything, he sounds like more rawkin’ Marcus Mumford. But American.
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But “influence” might as well mean “driving force” because this song’s lyrics are all of two stanzas stretched to their breaking point. It’s not even anything worth trying to snark at; “Home”‘s lyrics are about “Holding onto me as we go/As we roll down this unfamiliar road”, “Just know you’re not alone/’Cause I’ll make this place your home”, “It’ll be clear”, “No fear”, and “If you get lost, you can always be found”. I know it sounds counter intuitive, but “Home” could use some of that American Idol schmaltz just to give it a damn target because, as is, the song’s entirely too broad and dispassionate to connect.

The (remotely) good news is that the song's lack of Idol-single cliches may keep it out of rotation, which means this guy can build his career on more interesting music instead of being compelled by record producers to follow up with something similar.

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http://rantingaboutmusic.com/2012/06...phillips-home/
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Old 06-04-2012, 07:54 PM   #2
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I like it a ton!
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Old 06-05-2012, 12:42 AM   #3
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It does sound a lot like Mumford and Sons.

Edit: there really isn't much there to that song, is there?
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Old 06-05-2012, 07:40 AM   #4
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Not a horrible song, but I really dislike his "Dave Mathews" style.
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Old 06-05-2012, 09:03 AM   #5
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Not a horrible song, but I really dislike his "Dave Mathews" style.
Weird because that's what I like most about him.
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Old 06-05-2012, 07:36 PM   #6
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I thought I read somewhere that even he didn't like the single.
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Old 06-07-2012, 10:54 AM   #7
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According to the ad for next season, it's the best selling celebration single of all time with 278k downloads in the first week.

Not everybody hates it, obviously.
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Surgery completed.
http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/ido...surgery-334728
"Surgery went well, he’s resting and will be ready for the Idol tour kick off in July!,” Leslie Fradkin, a representative for Idol producers 19 Entertainment, tells THR.
She had no further comment."

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Surgery completed.
http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/ido...surgery-334728
"Surgery went well, he’s resting and will be ready for the Idol tour kick off in July!,” Leslie Fradkin, a representative for Idol producers 19 Entertainment, tells THR.
She had no further comment."

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Old 06-11-2012, 03:16 PM   #10
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Not a horrible song, but I really dislike his "Dave Mathews" style.
I listened to the song before reading the thread and my first thought was "isn't that Dave Matthews?"
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I'm glad he's feeling better now
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Old 06-12-2012, 08:53 AM   #12
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Couple of news worthy things:

First, I didn't realize the reason the surgery was over 6 hours was because the stint had gotten embedded and they had to cut it out with a laser tool. Ouchie!
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According to TMZ, the surgery was much more intense than doctors expected. The site reported that when surgeons went in to remove the temporary stent implanted in Phil's right kidney months earlier they found that it had been in place so long it had become embedded.

The device had to be cut out with a laser, but doctors said the surgery was successful and Phillips is now reportedly recovering in a Malibu mansion loaned to him by one of the "Idol" bosses. A spokesperson for Phillips could not be reached for further comment at press time.
http://www.mtv.com/news/articles/168...hospital.jhtml

Also his single is doing really good!
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With 278,000 digital downloads, "Home" is the highest-debuting song on this week's Digital Songs chart, bowing at an impressive #2 behind Carly Rae Jepsen's "Call Me Maybe." That number is also large enough to give Phillips the second-best digital-sales week ever for an "Idol" contestant. Only the original "American Idol," Kelly Clarkson, can boast a bigger digital sales week: Her smash "My Life Would Suck Without You" debuted with 280,000 downloads in January 2009.
http://www.mtv.com/news/articles/168...al-sales.jhtml

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