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I was really tough on Phillip Phillips during the American Idol competition. Between his pitchy singing and his tendency to suck all of the melody out of a song when he re-arranged it, I could not imagine I would be a fan of his post-Idol music.

But guess what. Mea Culpa people. I have turned into a bonified Philatic.

I KNOW!!!!

My journey to Phil Phandom (sorry!) began on the night of the American Idol final. I held my breath as Phillip began to sing his coronation song, a little afraid to hear what dreck the Idol machine had saddled him with. But wouldn’t you know–”Home” not only DID NOT SUCK, it was really really REALLY GOOD. And the song only grew on me more as it became the anthem of the Olymmpics Fierce Five Womens’ gymnastics team, part of a Clint Eastwood movie promo, the back drop for an insurance commercial and MORE. In it’s own way, “Home” was the song of the summer.

Still, I figured Phil just struck it lucky with a good song–one that he did not write. Would I like an album of songs he co-wrote? After hearing an advance copy of the album last week I can answer that question with a resounding YES.

I have to admit that my favorite song is one of the two songs besides “Home” that Phillip didn’t have a hand in writing. “Gone, Gone, Gone”–penned by Derek Fuhrmann, Todd Clark, and Phillip’s album producer, Gregg Wattenberg–is every bit as anthemic as “Home” and could break on the radio just as big if it becomes the next single (IT SHOULD).

But, somewhere along the way, Phillip learned how to write a melody! Or maybe the arrangements he was creating during the Idol competition weren’t as good as they could be. Phillip was suffering from a debilitating kidney condition all through the contest. Or, his co-writers made up for Phil’s melody deficit the missing holes. But what would account for two songs written solely by Phillip? “Hold On”, a sweeping, lovely tune, or the haunting opening track, “Man on the Moon”, a song that’s stayed with me since I heard it. Phillip can write a melody.

Other stand out tunes, for me, include the sweet-folky “Can’t Go Wrong” a co-write with “Home” writers, Greg Holden and Drew Pearson. The moving and romantic “Tell Me a Story” has strings, mandolin and an epic choir in the back drop. “You are the sun that leads me, You are the moon that pulls me, you are the life leads me…”

For those of you who did Phil’s funk side, there is “Where we Came From” and “Drive Me”.

My only real criticism of the record is that the sound of the album bounces back and forth between Dave Matthews jazz rock and the folk-Americana of Mumford and Sons. Phillip is still finding a voice that is quintessentially his own, but “The World From the Side of the Moon” is a solid start to getting there.

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  • lovetheusa1776

    Just dl’d it – really, really, REALLY GOOD – to quote MJ – yes, it is.

  • ADRIANAARG1980

    WELCOME TO THE PHILATIC WORD :)

  • lovesickheroine

    Yeah we’re the same MJ, I was a hater of PP during the show but after hearing Home repeatedly, I’ve become a fan.  All the songs are excellent including the songs that PP had written. I’m really surprised they were able to produce an amazing album in just a couple of months. My fave songs are Gone 3x, Hold On, Tell Me A Story, Hazel, So Easy and Can’t Go Wrong. I hope TWFTSOTM continues to rock the iTunes charts :)

  • http://www.facebook.com/marjanaisweird Aakash Mansukhani

    This album is beast. So freaking good. 

  • Incipit

    Between his pitchy singing and his tendency to suck all of the melody out of a song when he re-arranged it, I could not imagine I would be a fan of his post-Idol music.

    Heh. Neither could I, and I was correct in that assessment, studio fixes notwithstanding. And I didn’t hear “Home” repeatedly, because I don’t care for the song. But I hope the guy has success with this album – and the Pearson/Holden/DMB connection continues to pay off for him and the Label. There are prospective buyers all over the place who liked “Home” and will be curious to hear more.

    I agree that the ”sound of the album bounces back and forth between Dave Matthews jazz rock and the folk-Americana of Mumford and Sons.” - although  the hybrid creation is definitely not a draw for me – since I wouldn’t listen to either of them on purpose – but once again – there are plenty of people who would, and they won’t mind that at all.

    I expected the production on the studio end would take care of the vocals, and Wattenberg’s approach would provide interesting instrumentation, and it did – I also expected that the experience of co-writing with professionals would be a great learning experience for Phillip, a crash course in song construction, and that seems to be also true. Interscope has done right by him so far – - found a reasonably popular genre niche and a way to parlay his style to fit it, starting with “Home” - and a team that could deliver  - and that’s all good. 

    But it’s all in service of a vocal sound I don’t prefer, and music I don’t care for, both far removed from my taste. So I wish Phillip Good Fortune, and much success in the fickle music industry – hope he continues to love music, and continues learning more about his craft…and turns out to have the career he wants to have, whatever that may be.

  • blackberryharvest

    Already number 2 on iTunes! I hope the album does really well. I want idol winners to continue to do well for the sake of the brand, plus I want to show the world that idol actually produces successful artists-can’t say that about the other two shows(so far). 

  • Anny_nanny

    “My only real criticism of the record is that the sound of the album
    bounces back and forth between Dave Matthews jazz rock and the
    folk-Americana of Mumford and Sons. Phillip is still finding a voice
    that is quintessentially his own, but “The World From the Side of the
    Moon” is a solid start to getting there.”

    I don’t like “Gone, Gone, Gone”, but agreed.

  • springboard2

    I downloaded two tracks that I quite like, Man On The Moon and Where We came From. I’ll see whether I end up liking them more and more or less and less before purchasing the whole album.

  • chillj

    Well, MJ, I think the boy has surprised a lot of us.  I liked him off and on during the show, but mostly off, and I frankly just wasn’t sure he was smart enough to pull off this singer-songwriter thing.  It is one thing to call yourself a songwriter, quite another to end up with memorable product.  I like Gone, Gone, Gone and need to listen to other tracks again, but one thing is for sure:  he knows how to stylize a song.  He seems a bit of a throwback in his sound; that is refreshing.  What goes around comes around – and it did.

  • Anny_nanny

    And MJ promised to review. It was the review or not? No! Waiting!

  • angiedb

    Love the entire album! I am opposite of MJ in that I dig the bouncing back and forth of sounds. I love hearing the horns and strings and all the guitars. I love the rasp in Phil’s voice. He hits some nice higher notes. I’ve always been a Phil fan and this album certainly solidifies that fact. Also, I still listen to all of Phil’s live stuff from Idol and really love his live sound always over studio recordings, even though I think he records beautifully. Wishing Phil all the success with this album that he can get! I love it when Idols do well, even when I’m not a fan. It’s even better when I am! :) 

  • potatorocks

    I have been a P2 supporter through the process but realized without hearing originals I couldn’t be a real Phan.  As it stands, the whole record is like the coronation song—better than I  thought it could be.   I had high hopes for Phillip and he has surpassed them.   So thrilled for him.

  • lufausljc

    It is 5 am here in the West Coast, three more hours and heading to the Target nearby. Hopefully the full songs are representative of the snippets that I heard on iTunes. 

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/6KBNBAY3M4742SQMHUMAV6CVGQ Mike

    Not disappointed at all….love it….if you like ‘Home’ or if you liked anything he did on Idol than you should get this album.  Would write a book, but would rather listen to Phillip!

  • fuzzywuzzy

    I agree with everything that you wrote. P2′s music isn’t to my taste, but from what I’ve seen in interviews, he is self-aware about his vocal abilities and limitations, and seems like a decent, humble guy. He’s off to a great start with “Home” and even though I’m not a fan, it appears like P2 managed to record an album that he’s proud of and that represents him musically, which is really all an artist can ask for.

  • jpfan2

    Amazon is having a sale … only $5.99.

    I do like funky P2 the best so I hope WWCF is the next single, followed by GGG.
    Anyway, I’m keeping my fingers crossed that this album has legs with one hit single after another. It’s good for the franchise!

  • Indigobunting

    Well, I didn’t watch last season-not one episode since JLo ruined the show for me.

    But I did like Home (although getting a little sick of it-it is everywhere!) so I checked out the snippets. Pleasantly surprised.

    I like the music-easygoing folky style (I didn’t note the bouncing back and forth of style, but only listened to snippets on iTunes) and easy voice to listen to- I am a big one for the voice itself.

    I’ll be buying, although I’m doing Black Friday, so hoping to get a hard copy on sale somewhere.

    Nicely done P2!  I wonder if the album will sell even better than Crystal’s with its hit song (I thought Crystal’s was a very good album too).

  • lemonwuss

    The album is no.1 on Itunes right now. I have yet to hear his album. The cd is not yet available in our country. But I like GGG from his performance with the PS22 Kids.

  • lufausljc

    No. 1 where? Not in the U.S. because I am seeing Rihanna’s new album at the top. Maybe my iTunes has not updated yet. I hope for Phillip’s album to debut higher than Rihanna’s but perhaps it is wishful thinking. 

  • wordnerdarchie

    Hmm, so you can get the main album for $5.99, then pick off Hazel and Wicked Game off the deluxe for $.99 each (I’d pass on the live Home), total for deluxe less one would by $ 7.97 (or $ 8.96 with Home Live).  The only thing you don’t have is the digital booklet that’s offered at iTunes.  (Deluxe there is $12.99).  I’m beginning to like Amazon. ;)

  • http://twitter.com/cheeseE1 EH

    Really enjoying the album – might have to go back for the tracks from the deluxe version. So Easy is really the only song that I’m not really liking very much.
    Has anyone seen a copy in stores yet?  I’m curious to see if the sticker on the CD gives any clues about future singles, or if it just says “featuring HOME” or something. 

  • TheOther

    I see this as the debut of a young, up and coming singer-song writer.  I also see this earning him credibility with the AAA audience.  Phillip should be very proud of this effort.  He wrote most of these songs before he was 22.

  • mmb

    Its Number 1 on the feed that excludes explicit versions.  Right now the explicit versions of Rihanna and Kid Rock’s cds are No. 1 and 2 on the overall itunes chart w P2 no. 3……

  • girlygirltoo

    The album is #3 on iTunes right now, behind Rihanna and Kid Rock.

    In my opinion, it’s a solid album, not a great one. Besides Home, Gone Gone Gone is the one song that really stands out to me. I downloaded that song, but not the album. I think I will have to listen to it a few times before I decide if I want the album, or whether I will just cherry pick or song or two off it.

    It’s definitely a good start for Phillip in his attempt to build his career. Interscope and his mgmt (whoever they are) are doing an excellent job of promoting him — Home is basically everywhere now, from radio to movies to commercials, while he has gotten a lot of high profile appearances.

    I wish him good luck with this album and with his career.

  • bmms

    MJ has become a Philatic.  Super!  I love the album and can see Phillip continue to mature in his songwriting. 

  • standtotheright

    It’s not exactly a review, but here’s a discourse from Stereogum (again, the Mayans are looking over our shoulders and laughing) about the popularity of Home, folk-rock and Mumfordizing pop, and its association with jam bands.

    I basically took two things away from this:

    1) The reason I like folk-rock as a movement more than I like M&S as a band is that bands like the Avett Bros and the Lumineers seem to be having way more fun with it than M&S. Marcus M just takes it all so seriously. As I said before, he seems to treat Portlandia like a documentary instead of a parody.

    2) I can understand that there is an inflection point between the M&S stylings and the DMB ones; nonetheless, I still find P2 way more believable on the DMB side of things and I’ll be far more interested in what he has to say when he gives that part of himself as an artist fuller (and much freer) reign. This is not a bad start. But he still has some growing to do.

  • Mateja Praznik

    I saw this on a website that illegally shares new iTunes releases. I usually download new music several times per week there (I then buy what I really like.). I just wasn’t interested enough to check this out. I bought Rihanna’s new album and Kelly’s GH CD this morning.

  • lufausljc

    I went to Target and it said something like this, The Debut Album from American Idol Season 11 winner, 2x platinum single “Home.”

  • lufausljc

    Okay, I don’t know what is wrong with stores not stocking music. I went to the Target that is like 3 minutes away and the new releases were not even out yet. I had to go to another Target that was about 10 minutes away, and they at least had the new releases stocked. Though, I was the last person to get the Deluxe version, the rest were sold out. The Standard version had not been touched. In Walmart, they did not even have his album, I could literally not find one copy. From the new releases, only Rihanna’s album was displayed.
    Has anyone had any similar problems?

  • IrisandLilies

    I called the Target store closest to me today, and the sales associate told me that they did not have it in stock yet.  He recommended that I call them daily to see if it came in on that day’s shipment.  On Saturday I went to the store just to see what CDs it had on the shelves.  Most of the shelves were empty. 

  • OffLeash

    My Target had stacks of both the regular and Deluxe CDs in the new arrivals section. No mention of Home (except in tiny print on the Deluxe sticker) or special ad for the album. People who don’t know P2 is the guy who sang Home won’t be tempted to grab a copy. Taylor’s CD on the other hand… 

  • girlygirltoo

    I’ve found in the past that I often have to prod the sales clerk to look in the storeroom when they say they don’t have album XYZ. More often than not, they are sitting in boxes in the back, just waiting to be unpacked.

  • Lovesyesha

    Sorry Phil fans, I just don’t get it. He is simply not a good singer, and I believe he got lucky with a good coronation single. We will see how he does in the future, but no one will ever be able to convince me (especially after seeing the idol tour), that he deserved to win over Jessica, Joshua, Hollie, Skylar, and Elise. I wish him luck though, we shall see how it goes.

  • OffLeash

    I fell in love with the GGG snippet on first listen, so I was surprised the whole studio version is even better than I anticipated. Still my favorite song.

    “Hold On” and “Wanted is Love” are beautiful, and shows what P2 can do when he makes an effort writing more pleasant melodies, and incorporates his beautiful falsetto.

    I’m not a DMB fan but I love M&S, so naturally I’m not as enthused about the DMB inspired songs, although I like Get Up Get Down.

    P2 is still a work in progress when it comes to writing good melodies, but his lyrics are pretty good. Besides the lyrics, his strength is in the very rich and interesting instrumentation
    Two songs I really dislike: “A Fool’s Dance” because of the gloomy “melody,” or rather lack thereof. Too bad because it has good lyrics. And Drive Me, that I dislike even more after hearing the whole track. Thank God Jimmy put his foot down and made P2 sing Home instead. P2′s budding career would look totally different today. *shudders*

  • http://twitter.com/tinawinabina Tinawina

    But guess what. Mea Culpa people. I have turned into a bonified Philatic.

    Okay my curiosity is officially piqued. Is this streaming anywhere? Or do I just need to take my bootay to Spotify?

  • OffLeash

    Of course his voice won’t please everybody, especially those who, like you, prefer big diva voices like the singers you mentioned.

    But if I tried to explain why it’s so attractive to many, I’d say it’s probably because his voice has this very unusual mixture of rawness and warmth. There are a few singers out there with raw voices, but it’s its unexpected warmth that makes P2′s voice so captivating.

  • blackberryharvest

    He is simply not a good singer

    Neither are the majority of the singers that are on the charts today.

  • jpfan2

    P2 tweet from 5 minutes ago. The perks of Idol promo:

    Just had a long convo with Pete Townsend…..yeah.
    WOW!

  • OffLeash

    Nice! What was the occasion?

  • OffLeash

    As expected, Gone Gone Gone is the top downloaded track of the album, #158 at iTunes. Home charts twice, at #9 and #297 (the latter must be from the album), #308 Wicked Game,#410 WWCF#453 Man On the Moon#708 GUGD,#775 So Easy,#918 Wanted Is Love,#1020 Hold On,#1263 Drive Me,#1294 Hazel,#1310 Tell Me a Story

  • jpfan2

    P2 and PT are both on Letterman tonight!

  • IrisandLilies
  • OffLeash

    ETA: Deleted because the site’s not reliable right now. The placement is still about the same as in my previous post.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/PVEFG2TOUIXSROKUSO2O2DOWWE Taylor

    Neither are the majority of the singers that are on the charts today.

    I wouldn’t say it is a majority, but there are several out of the current top 20 who aren’t exactly known for their vocals. The difference is usually AI winners aren’t grouped with the Keshas on the charts. Maybe Jimmy is on to something here in finding the Keshas, like in P2, instead of the Brunos or Adeles.

  • lila6089

    Love, love, love this album!!!  So many great songs!!  Favorites so far are Can’t Go Wrong, Gone,Gone,Gone, Get Up Get Down, Drive Me, and Man on the Moon.  

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/6KBNBAY3M4742SQMHUMAV6CVGQ Mike

    I didn’t think the second review was bad….just a little more critical than the first. Haven’t seen anything yet that has been a hatchet job, which is good…because the music critics in the past have not been very kind to ‘idols’ at times.

  • OffLeash

    OMG at Gone Gone Gone! I never thought they’d be able to match Home’s awesomeness. I was wrong. GGG is i.n.c.r.e.d.i.b.l.e! Can’t stop listening to it. Can you spell smash hit?

  • http://twitter.com/CanadianLady2 CanadianLady

    Even the not so good one is pretty good. Can’t wait to get my copy. :)

  • wordnerdarchie

    I bought the CD at Amazon just to support.  (Great deal, by the way.)  I like the songs – I think he has a future as a songwriter, but I wish his voice was more appealing to me.

  • angiedb

    @OffLeash, “rawness and warmth” is a PERFECT way to describe Phil’s voice. Love it!

  • too-cool-for-school

    Cool! mj is a fan now! :D
    I remember you were always pretty positive about the studio versions from his performances on Idol in your reviews. Maybe not in total fanatic mode but some of the nicer feedback that may have been around at the time. I always appreciated that, haha. :)

    Very quality album, so much so it’s a little crazy that it’s his first album. I love it. He sounds like someone that could have been around for a long time, and even I could forget he’s an Idol winner. It just doesn’t sound like any previous Idol alum album, WGWGs or not.

    The album is a good mix of styles and tempos so it stays interesting, and the songs are genuinely good. Not the typical Idol fluff debut album at all. Good storytelling in the lyrics and his voice lends itself well to all of them.

    There are some things I find a little overproduced, like when the chorus is repeated a dozen or more times in most songs. It makes any song from any artist feel like it is being dragged out and I could do without that but it’s a pretty common studio trick, hard to avoid really. And anyway, it is still so good that it doesn’t really matter, haha.

    Maybe this has been asked, but are they really going with ‘Where We Came From’ as single #2? Or will there be another one? WWCF is probably the one I’m most likely to skip, honestly. It’s good but feels a little bland compared to the other songs.

  • OffLeash

    Thanks! :)

  • SapphireBlue9

    There aren’t many occasions when I’m glad to live in the midst of more Walmarts than I can keep track of, but today was one of those days.  I got up early, hit Starbucks and made my way to Wally World which had a big ole P2 display – one with regular CD’s and then the “Deluxe CD: Includes 64 Page Magazine With Exclusive Interviews and Photos, 3 Bonus Tracks, and Collectible PostCards.”   That Deluxe sounded a little too groupy for me, but of course I bought it and it’s pretty cool.  
    I like having the physical packaging and this is an especially nice product if you’re going to buy one.

    The music is solid and P2 is legit.   I’m certain that my anti-Idol/Idolphobic friends will dig the CD a lot too if  I don’t tell them who it is. I was NOT a crazy fan (haven’t been “over the moon” for anyone for a few seasons) but this CD definetly exceeds my expectations!

  • Lovesyesha

    Don’t be so sure about what I prefer. Elise is not “Diva” she is bluesy (actually in the vein of Phillip’s genre). Also, skylar is country. one of my favorite artists is Dave Matthews. It is belittling when Phil fans say people who don’t like him like “diva type” singers. I simply don’t like him because i do not feel his voice can stay on key.

  • renzy24

    I’m Jessica’s fan but I bought this album first. I promised that i’ll buy Jessica’s first album before everyone else from last season but I can’t resist because P2′s album is f*cking awesome. By the way this album was released in the Philippine Itunes last Novemeber 16 and from then I’m listening to this album.

  • OffLeash

    That’s fine too. No need to feel offended. Nobody’s trying to change your mind. 

  • durbesque

    Bless you, my child.  You are forgiven.

  • girlygirltoo

    They are both on Letterman tonight, so probably met sitting in the Green Room/backstage.

  • girlygirltoo

    It’ll be interesting to see if Interscope goes with GGG as the 2nd single. On the one hand, it seems to be the most popular/best track on the album (other than Home). On the other hand, Phillip had nothing to do with writing it, so he’d be starting his career off with 2 singles he didn;t write, which is generally not a good thing when you are trying to promote yourself as a singer/songwriter. 

  • tucker davis

    Got my CD at Target to get the bonus tracks!(on sale for $13.99) Really love a lot of the tracks…when I decide that one is my favorite… another takes its place! But his voice is especially beautiful on ‘Wicked Game’. Also love having the words to the songs (and some gorgeous pictures). I’m impressed that he did this in 3 weeks!! He should be proud of his PhilPhil Music!

  • getaway1

    Gone, Gone, Gone is very radio friendly.  And if it draws more people towards the album, that’s a good thing.  After that, there’s only one other song, So Easy, that Phil has no writing credits on.  GGG will probably do well.  Phil will probably get a couple more singles after that.  I personally think the hidden gem is Hold On.

  • Pippygirl

    I like some of the snippets I’ve heard (especially GGG) but I’ve come to the conclusion that I can’t get past the fact that I just don’t like Phillip’s voice. There is a constricted quality to it that annoys me (that’s the best way I can describe it).
    Where We Came From doesn’t bother me that way, but that’s because PP’s voice sounds altered or covered up by production.

    Anyway Home is a huge hit right now, so I expect PP will sell a ton of records without me. Good luck to him.

  • Pippygirl

    I like some of the snippets I’ve heard (especially GGG) but I’ve come to the conclusion that I can’t get past the fact that I just don’t like Phillip’s voice. There is a constricted quality to it that annoys me (that’s the best way I can describe it).
    Where We Came From doesn’t bother me that way, but that’s because PP’s voice sounds altered or covered up by production.

    Anyway Home is a huge hit right now, so I expect PP will sell a ton of records without me. Good luck to him.

  • tucker davis
  • http://profile.yahoo.com/6KBNBAY3M4742SQMHUMAV6CVGQ Mike
  • http://profile.yahoo.com/FRGTHETA4DV6Z6TGXDCLULH64E brittneybabyy

    Gone, Gone, Gone. It’s outstanding. Potential to be an incredible hit. That’s the only song I’ve listened to right off the bat because the preview caught my attention, but I’m VERY excited to hear the rest of the album!

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/6KBNBAY3M4742SQMHUMAV6CVGQ Mike

    Good article…but I was disappointed…wanted to see Brian’s review…maybe tomorrow.

  • IrisandLilies

    Liked the input from Jimmy.  It says a lot that Jimmy sees potential in Phillip.  I believe he was the producer who saw potential in Eminem and sent him to Dr. Dre. 

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_PSHFTD4YV3QOE3INABJUXZSWMU hillstreetblooz

     My sentiments exactly. I just cannot get past that annoying/cloying/atonal quality and tone of his voice to be persuaded to purchase a complete CD of what I fear is… more of the same. Not my cuppah, but I do find his success with Home interesting, and I’m curious to see if he and Interscope and Co. will have enough juice to move some significant CD units. That for me is more interesting than listening to a CD full o’Philip, lol… More power to him in his debut.

  • getaway1

    Jimmy Iovine, aka Colonel Tom Parker.

  • getaway1

    Here’s the Rolling Stones article that Interscope tweeted.  Very favorable  http://www.rollingstone.com/music/news/phillip-phillips-calls-his-own-shots-on-debut-album-20121119

    Here’s Idolator’s review.  Very favorable.  4 out of 5.
    http://idolator.com/7284272/phillip-phillips-the-world-from-the-side-of-the-moon-review

  • http://www.facebook.com/jnoodles Jonathan Frahm

    ITA – if being technically perfect were everything, rock, folk, and country music wouldn’t even exist. Hell, modern pop music wouldn’t exist. I love this album. Got it in signed today from Phil’s website! My favorite tracks initially are “Gone, Gone, Gone” (please let this be the next single!), “Where We Came From”, “Tell Me a Story”, “A Fool’s Dance” (superduper rootsy- love it!), and his awesomely ethereal cover of “Wicked Game”. “Home”, of course, is golden.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/TBRH25QFXTK5JOPE4HX7FBI5PE J

    Good thing for Phillip he has people guiding him in the right direction. I hope they can do the same thing with Jessica.

  • CB40

    I’m with you mj, I’ve never been the biggest P2 supporter, but as a HUGE Idol fan I’m 100% thrilled he has a real shot at a real career.

  • http://twitter.com/aizjanika aizjanika

    I liked Phillip from the beginning. It wasn’t his fault he was a WGWG, and in his season, he was the one who appealed to me the most. I voted for others also, though.  I had pre-ordered the physical album from Amazon, but I’d meant to cancel it so that I could get one of the versions with the extra bonus tracks, but I forgot, so I have the regular deluxe version.

    I saw the Target exclusive version at Target today with two extra songs, but upthread, someone mentioned that the Walmart special version has three extra songs.  If I buy the Walmart version, is it the same two songs from the Target version plus one extra?  Or would I have to buy both versions to get all the songs? 

    I’ve been listening to the album that I have, though, and I really like it. It does have a little bit of the Mumford & Sons sound, a little bit Dave Matthews, and maybe a little bit…the Fray?  Or something like that?  I’m not sure exactly, but I like it. Many of the songs were very appealing to me immediately, which doesn’t happen often, and I like the overall sound as well.

  • girlygirltoo

    well it’s not any of the others’ fault that they are so-called WGWG either. All of them are talented, and all of them are different from each other. It’s way too lazy to continue to lump them in with each other :)

  • springboard2

    well it’s not any of the others’ fault that they are so-called WGWG
    either. All of them are talented, and all of them are different from
    each other. It’s way too lazy to continue to lump them in with each
    other :)

    I totally agree with not lumping people together under a meaningless label like WGWG, whether it is their style, their level of talent or whether they are or should be embraced by any media outlet.

  • tigervixxxen

    Target has all the songs. This is how it shakes out: Regular tracks 1-12. All deluxe versions adds tracks 13-15. Then Target adds tracks 16-17 on top of that. So if you get the Target version you get all the songs. Walmart’s exclusive is a 64 page magazine or some such with the regular deluxe. I love Take Me Away so I bought the Target version.

  • http://twitter.com/aizjanika aizjanika

     I agree with this as well. I wasn’t meaning to imply that all the others should be dismissed as WGWG either. I was an Adam supporter in his season, but I bought both his album and Kris’s and I liked Kris’s more. I was a Crystal supporter in her season, but I bought Lee’s album also, and liked it quite a bit. This season I just happened to like Phillip more than most of the others, though I was a big Heejun fan early on. I like to take each person as they come, as much as possible, although genre of music performed can affect how much I support someone while on the show.

  • http://twitter.com/aizjanika aizjanika

     Thank you! I wish I’d remembered to cancel the Amazon version, but once it was here, I had to open it and take a listen. :)  I could have done that and bought the cheaper digital version, too, though. I guess I’ll buy the Target version also, just for the two extra songs.  Thanks for the info.

  • http://twitter.com/LouiseKelleher1 Louise Kelleher

    He did much of the work before and during Idol.  Realize he was 19 – 20 !