Phillip Phillips - Behind the Light (19 Recordings/Interscope Records)
When singer-songwriter Phillip Phillips, winner of Season 11 of American Idol, wound up with a hit album, it almost seemed by accident. “Home,” the single released in 2012, racked up platinum sales. It sounded so much like a Mumford & Sons song, you had to wonder if fans even knew it was Phillips singing. His follow-up album sticks with the tried-and-true. Album opener “Searchlight” features a predictable pattern of vocals that alternate from whispers to screams. “Raging Fire,” the album’s first single, doesn’t deviate from formula either as Phillips croons, “Come out, come out, come out/won’t you turn my soul into a raging fire.” The clichéd lyrics make reference to losing control and don’t make Phillips come off as a particularly sharp lyricist. “Fly” sounds a bit edgier but doesn’t redeem the album or suggest Phillips will emerge as more than a one-hit wonder. phillipphillips.com
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