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  • The Farr Side: Phillips debut lives up to his ‘Idol’ promise

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    With Kelly Clarkson, the original “American Idol,” releasing her first “Greatest Hits” collection and Season 10 third place finalist Haley Rinehart losing her record contract in the same week, success isn’t always guaranteed from being on the talent show.



     
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    With Kelly Clarkson, the original “American Idol,” releasing her first “Greatest Hits” collection and Season 10 third place finalist Haley Rinehart losing her record contract in the same week, success isn’t always guaranteed from being on the talent show.
    For each success story like Clarkson, Clay Aiken or Carrie Underwood, there’s a Rinehart, Justin Guarini, Taylor Hicks and Lee DeWyze to remind us that “Idol” success doesn’t mean you’ll become a star.
    Both Hicks and DeWyze won their respective seasons but were both dropped after their first album.
    David Cook is the latest winner to be dropped from his record label. Cook managed to release two hit albums, but RCA didn’t feel the sales were strong enough to continue.
    Aiken didn’t win Season 2, but he was the first finalist to not win and still make it. He even outsold winner Ruben Studdard, who, like Cook, was dropped after his second release.
    I have actually liked all the winners’ albums, including Hicks’ effort, which critics ripped apart. But one thing it tells us is the music business is incredibly brutal.
    Phillip Phillips hopes to join the ranks of Clarkson and Underwood and be seen as a viable star. His debut single, “Home,” is a bonafide hit and worth repeated listens. The song has stuck around the Hot 100 since the summertime thanks to it’s Olympic push from the U.S. gymnastics team.
    Phillips’ debut album, “The World From The Side Of The Moon,” came out just as Rinehart received the news that Interscope was dropping her.
    Phillips might be the exception. His music is definitely relevant.
    Something always seemed different about Phillips — he had the likeability factor.
    “Home” was the perfect song and at the right time. The album needed to continue that same recipe. Thankfully, “The World From The Side Of The Moon” lives up to the style he showcased week after week on “Idol.”
    Even during auditions, he reminded me of Dave Matthews. And there are moments on this 12-track album that you’d swear you can hear Matthews and his band jam, especially on “Get Up Get Down.” It’s uncanny just how much he sounds like Matthews.
    Phillips wrote or co-wrote nine of the tracks, another testament (or curse) to his talent. He’s good, though.
    Phillips excels on “Where We Came From,” “Drive Me,” “Wanted Is Love,” and “So Easy” —these are all possible singles.
    Phillips fits alongside The Lumineers, Mumford & Sons, Of Monsters And Men, and, of course, the originators of foot-stomping adult alternative, Dave Matthews Band.
    Could we see Phillip Phillips as a Best New Artist nominee at the 2013 Grammys? I’d say he’s got a great chance, but for now it’s a safe bet to say that Phillips will make the music business his home for a long time.
    Page 2 of 2 - David T. Farr is a Sturgis, Mich., Journal correspondent. Email him at farrboy@hotmail.com. You can also find The Farr Side on Facebook.
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