Phillip Phillips Behind The Light

Album Review: Phillip Phillips’ Shines From “Behind The Light”

Phillip Phillips has just released his sophomore effort, Behind the Light. The album’s title is derived from a lyric in “Alive Again” (“I see myself again / Behind the light I flicker”), which speaks to the notion of re-discovering yourself from the shadows, or in Phillip’s case, allowing fans to uncover a side of his musical identity that hasn’t been revealed before.

As a result, Behind the Light boasts a more rock-oriented sound with intricate instrumentation and powerful production – an evolution from the rootsy-folk driven sound which dominated his platinum selling debut, The World From The Side Of The Moon. Though ambitious, the new album still retains that authentic feel which drew listeners into his music in the first place.

Phillip leaves his artistic mark all over the album, which he produced in collaboration with Derek A.E. Fuhrmann and Gregg Wattenberg. The songwriter was involved in the writing of all of the songs, sharing co-credits with the likes of Fuhrmann, Wattenberg, Todd Clark, Jon Green, and David Ryan Harris and being the sole writer of “Trigger”, “Open Your Eyes”, “Thicket”, “Face”, “Don’t Trust Me”, and “Armless Crawler”.

His songcraft has grown in depth, with lyrics containing ideas that are more mature, more introspective, and more thought-provoking, and that cover a spectrum of moods, emotions, and energy. Behind the Light is heavy with imagery of light and dark, day and night, and nature, with fire serving as an overarching metaphor that is wovened throughout the album. The fire rages from the colourful cover art to the tracks themselves, which follow themes of being true to oneself, finding strength, and coping with the passage of time.

Continue reading the track-by-track review on The Hudsucker

Phillip Phillips‘ Behind the Light is available on iTunes.

Phillip Phillips’ “Raging Fire”

Raging Fire” is the lead single from American Idol winner Phillip Phillips‘ forthcoming sophomore album, Behind the Light, due out this year.

Penned by Phillips with the writers responsible for “Gone, Gone, Gone“, the track sounds like a cross between the aforementioned song and his first single, “Home” and has all of the ingredients that made those songs huge successes.

With his signature blend of a moving beat, jammin’ instrumentation, a catchy chorus (with lyrics like, c’mon, c’mon, c’mon, won’t you turn my soul into a raging fire?), and a sweeping vibe, “Raging Fire” sounds as if it will be a surefire hit on the airwaves!

The past year has been a whirlwind for the singer/songwriter, with “Home” going five times platinum, and his debut album The World From The Side Of The Moon and “Gone, Gone, Gone” both reaching platinum status, along with touring with his music heroes, John Mayer and Bruce Springsteen.

Starting this Saturday, Phillip will embark on his first Canadian headlining tour throughout March – the full schedule is listed on phillipphillips.com.

Phillip Phillips’ “Raging Fire” is available on iTunes.