Listen to clips from American Idol winner, Phillip Phillips, upcoming album The World From The Side of the Moon courtesy of Yahoo Music. In an interview with Lindsey Parker of Reality Rocks, Phillip admits that he initially wanted to release the album in February, but the label moving the date up to November, while a bit crazy, led to producing music that was raw and organic.
Phillp had the luxury of working with just one producer, Gregg Wattenberg (Train, Daughtry) and, thanks to a really good relationship with Interscope honcho and Idol mentor, Jimmy Iovine.
“Jimmy has been awesome and really respectful, and it’s been amazing to have that, since he’s such a huge guy in the industry,” Phillip says. “I was definitely a little nervous about working with him, because you can’t really tell Jimmy Iovine that he’s wrong! He kind of knows best, because he’s worked with some of the greatest artists in the world. But he let me do so much on this album.”
“It’s an album that really represents me and it really comes from my heart, so I really hope people can connect with it,” says Phillip. “Hey, maybe people will like at least just one song!”
Actually, based on the snippets, this album does NOT suck, and seems to consider commercial concerns without being cookie cutter. It’s the type of album Lee DeWyze should have been allowed to make. I can’t see why Adult alternative and Hot Adult Contemporary radio would not play these songs. I hope the label gives the album a good push.
“Where We Came From” written by Phillip and Jon Green, appears to be the next single. Phillip says of the tune, “I wrote this with Jon Green, from London. Such a nice, awesome guy. I showed him an idea I had, a funky guitar part, and I was thinking of making it a bigger song–but once we got to the chorus, he kind of brought it down and made it a little more mellow. And I enjoyed that. It’s catchy, but lyrics-wise, it’s got some good meaning to it. It’s got darker lyrics.”
Check out the track list with songwriting credits below. And read Phillip’s thoughts on each track at Yahoo.Music. The World from the Side of the Moon comes out on November 19.
Man On The Moon (written by Phillip Phillips)
Home (Greg Holden, Drew Pearson)
Gone Gone Gone (Derek Fuhrmann, Todd Clark, Gregg Wattenberg)
Hold On (Phillip Phillips)
Tell Me A Story (Phillip Phillips, David Ryan Harris)
Get Up Get Down (Phillip Phillips, Gregg Wattenberg, Derek Fuhrmann)
Where We Came From (Phillip Phillips, Jon Green)
Drive Me (Phillip Phillips, Ben Neil)
Wanted Is Love (Phillip Phillips)
Can’t Go Wrong (Phillip Phillips, Greg Holden, Drew Pearson)
Fool’s Dance (Phillip Phillips)
So Easy (Stephen Wrabel, Peter Amato, Pete Salis)