The World from the Side of the Moon


5.0
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by MezoIsMusic USER (6 Reviews)
November 20th, 2012 | 16 replies | 3,419 views


Release Date: 2012 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Each song is crafted with musical precision and when you listen to this album, the cohesion is evident and natural.

6 of 6 thought this review was well written

The performer so nice, they named him twice. Phillip Phillips from Leesburg, Georgia is a 22-year-old singer-songwriter and musician. Most notable for his season 11 victory of American Idol, Phillip’s performances have left critics and fans in admiration. Phillips is often compared to his hero Dave Matthews. With a comparable voice and acoustic bravado, his November 20th debut album The World from the Side of the Moon, will surely satisfy the music community.

Phillips knew that winning American Idol came with the glory of debuting an album under Interscope Records. However, like some of his predecessors, Phillips refused to be another disposable musician in the pop-music machine. Instead, Interscope producer Jimmy Iovine gave Phillips free rein during the creation of The World from the Side of the Moon. “He had a lot of trust in me,” Phillips said. “I felt really good about that. He wanted me to make the album I wanted to which I thought was really awesome of him”.

In between Phillip’s inspiring lyrics and catchy melodies, he intentionally left space for future improvisations. Phillips said, “I didn’t want to overproduce anything. I wanted to keep it the way I could do it live and have fun and have some solos in there and everything. I mean, every artist has a little bit of something they make a little spicy, but I wanted to keep it as raw as possible”; yet another reinforcement to the Dave Matthews comparison. When Dave himself was asked about Phillips, he stated, “Oh I don’t feel threatened. I am what I am. Maybe I paved the way for him. I wish him the best of luck! He should kick my ass. Maybe I can retire and he can take over my band”.

Not to be mistaken with DMB’s Away From the World, Phillip’s The World from the Side of the Moon is an unbelievable milestone. For a 22-year-old, his lyrics and perspective on life surely convey maturity. On the memorable “Tell Me a Story”; Phillips sings, “Hope is just a ray of what everyone should see. Alone is the street, where you found me, scared of what’s behind, you are scared of what’s in front, live in what you are now and make the best of what’s to come.” On “Where We Came From”, Phillip's bluesy guitar sounds akin to Gary Clark Jr. He managed to compose grooves that were almost disobedient. By writing these defiant grooves, perfectly represented on “Drive Me”, the listener will be left entertained and the songs will play out effortlessly.

On The World from the Side of the Moon, listeners also receive a glimpse of Phillip’s intimate side. “Gone, Gone, Gone" is that song that breathes revival. For 3 minutes and 30 seconds, you will feel as if you’re on a road to happiness with the person that matters most. Conversely, a song like “A Fool’s Dance” is scripted like the denouement of a novel. During this song you’ve left your climatic road to happiness and have made a wrong turn down a road to perdition. Yet the album (not including the deluxe edition) ends eloquent and hopeful with “So Easy”. Each song is crafted with musical precision and when you listen to this album, the cohesion is evident and natural.

It is true that Dave Matthews will one day have to pass his torch down to someone else. However, we must ask ourselves, does Phillips distinguish himself enough to be categorized separately from the legendary Dave Matthews? Will The World from the Side of the Moon circulate throughout the United States with unparalleled momentum? And finally, will Phillips be able to fight his way to stardom or will he vanish alongside American Idol’s countless departed?

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Calc
November 19th 2012



11942 Comments


Good review and I like that you did an American Idol winner. Pos

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jsaf7
November 19th 2012



154 Comments


damn, i'll have to check this out if it's as good as you say it is! i enjoyed "home" quite a bit actually so it should be good...

Animus
November 19th 2012



70 Comments


I could not be more sceptical. There is no way in hell that this deserves a classic rating.

chambered49
November 19th 2012



1727 Comments


home is fucking terrible lol

TooLateToGoBack
November 19th 2012



1749 Comments


I thought Home was superb (especially for an American Idol alumni), so I'll definitely be checking this out.

Flagran12
November 19th 2012



64 Comments


Wow, I want to neg, but this is well written...

Cygnatti
November 19th 2012



21349 Comments


I dunno, that Kris Allen guy is making absolutely horrible music now.

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someguest
November 19th 2012



20236 Comments


I'M GOING HOMEEEEEEEEEEEEE

TO THE PLACE WHERE I BELONGGGGGGGGGGGG

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someguest
November 19th 2012



20236 Comments


There's dirt all over your knees.

Brostep
Staff Reviewer
November 20th 2012



3334 Comments


Home is a terrible song, find it hard to believe this is a 5. Still, this is a pretty well-written review, so have a pos.

MezoIsMusic
November 20th 2012



1 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

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bloc
November 20th 2012



34667 Comments


What a name

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Noteros
November 20th 2012



52 Comments


I really wanna hear this. From the previews I've heard this sounds brilliant, and I just randomly came across this guy without knowing he was on American Idol.

NastyCrab
November 23rd 2012



328 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

This is really good for an American Idol winner

ABjordanMM
November 24th 2012



1359 Comments


Home reminds me of mumford and sons.

SadAndHolyGlow
December 2nd 2012



1498 Comments


Wow. Nice review.

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