Behind the Light

Behind the Light

by Phillip Phillips

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Overview

Phillip Phillips belongs to the second tier of American Idol success stories: not as a superstar, not like Carrie Underwood or Kelly Clarkson, but as somebody who found a solid little niche. Phillips' sound is adult alternative by way of the Dave Matthews Band, an influence evident on both the show and his 2012 debut, The World from the Side of the Moon, and still prominent on his 2014 sophomore set, Behind the Light. Like his debut, Behind the Light is co-produced by Gregg Wattenberg -- he can claim credits on Five for Fighting, David Cook, Backstreet Boys, and Ed Kowalczyk -- but there's a difference here, namely how all involved decide to incorporate a heavy element of Mumford & Sons and Lumineers folk-stomp. It's a smooth, easy fit for Phillips, who is a troubadour at heart, a sensitive soul strumming his acoustic guitar, sounding sweet enough to withstand the kind of cinematic productions he's given here. Often, the bombast of the sound contradicts the simplicity of the singer, but his slippery cadences -- he's never seemed more like Matthews as he slides in and out of verses -- don't sound ill-suited to the onslaught of gloss; he's dexterous enough to make all the slickness feel natural, if not authentic. At times, the ease of his delivery gives Behind the Light a supercilious feeling -- he's enjoying his delivery more than the content -- but even if the record doesn't rely on expertly sculpted melodies (which it doesn't; the feel means more than the form), there's an open-hearted, warm atmosphere that gives Behind the Light resonance. Perhaps Phillips has yet to find his distinctive voice, but there's no question he can color within the lines exceedingly well.

Product Details

Release Date: 05/19/2014
Label: Interscope Records
UPC: 0602537785223
catalogNumber: 002044202
Rank: 140375

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Phillip Phillips   Primary Artist,Guitar,Vocals,Background Vocals
Michael Davis   Trombone
David Mann   Saxophone
Randy Andos   Trombone
Jack Daley   Bass
James Hynes   Trumpet
Tony Kadleck   Trumpet
Shawn Pelton   Drums
Andy Snitzer   Saxophone
Robert "JJ" Smith   Bass
Paul Woodiel   Violin
Robin Zeh   Violin
Gregg Wattenberg   Guitar,Background Vocals
Victoria Paterson   Violin
Trevor Neumann   Trumpet
Maxim Moston   Violin
Errol Cooney   Guitar
Philip Dizack   Trumpet
Todd Clark   Keyboards,Vocals,Background Vocals
Morris Kainuma   Tuba
Ryan Keberle   Trombone
Dallin Applebaum   Background Vocals
Derek Fuhrmann   Guitar,Piano,Keyboards,Vocals,Background Vocals
Jason "JT" Thomas   Drums
Katie Kresek   Violin
Adam Krauthamer   French Horn
John Alicastro   Background Vocals
Dave Eggar   Cello
Gunnar Olsen   Drums
Katie Jacoby   Violin
Bobby Sparks   Keyboards
Chad Lefkowitz-Brown   Tenor Saxophone
Lenny Skolnik   Vocals
Chuck Palmer   Percussion
Michael Lauri   Background Vocals
Ian Driscoll   Vocals,Background Vocals
Carrie Brown   Background Vocals
Meredith Strang   Background Vocals
Jonathan Vetri   Vocals,Background Vocals
Gabriel McMahon   Percussion,Background Vocals
Elisabeth Mercante   Background Vocals
Dana Wise   Background Vocals
Alycia Scott   Background Vocals

Technical Credits

Andy Snitzer   Horn Arrangements
David Ryan Harris   Composer,drum programming
Scurry   Producer
Gregg Wattenberg   Composer,Producer
Ross Peterson   Engineer
Rob Carmichael   Art Direction
Philip Dizack   Horn Arrangements
Todd Clark   Composer
Jon Green   Composer,Vocal Engineer,Piano Engineer
Derek Fuhrmann   Composer,Producer,drum programming
Katie Kresek   String Arrangements
Dave Eggar   String Arrangements
Christine Wolff   Publicity
Samantha Tripses   Marketing Coordinator
Lenny Skolnik   Pro-Tools
Phillip Phillips   Composer,Producer
Chuck Palmer   String Arrangements
Ian Driscoll   Engineer
Katie Addis   Marketing

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