Instant "American Idol" Review: Phillip Phillips, "Home"

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Original songs from finalists tend to strive for messages of empowerment and faith, getting caught up in the meaning of things, only to fall somewhere far too cheesy for mainstream radio-worthy. PP's original tune "Home" runs with the necessary thematic elements needed to market someone who came from a reality competition show, while picking up more interesting styles that focus on instrumentals and arrangement in addition to vocals. With (maybe too many) nods to Mumford & Sons, Fleet Foxes and The Frames, Phillips' vocals weren't as haunting, yet carried the same emotional weight when delivering statements of reassurance ("Just know you're not alone / Cause I'm gonna make this place your home") in between breathy ooh-ooh-ooh-ooh-oohs. It's the kind of song that could easily fill almost any situation, becoming the soundtrack to movie trailers, NFL commercials and the upcoming season of graduation parties. And with his own personal drumline, backup singers and participatory clapping, it sure felt like Phillip's gentle words were just a reminder to the judges, viewers and friends, that he'd be back one day, only after running an Idol victory lap, making good on Simon Fuller's promise to make this place his home.


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