Behind the Light [Deluxe Edition]

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All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
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 ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
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. [A Deluxe Edition added three bonus tracks.]
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 5/19/2014
  • Label: Interscope Records
  • UPC: 602537785254
  • Catalog Number: 002044302
  • Sales rank: 22,678

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Searchlight (4:12)
  2. 2 Raging Fire (3:54)
  3. 3 Trigger (3:59)
  4. 4 Lead On (3:14)
  5. 5 Alive Again (3:07)
  6. 6 Open Your Eyes (4:11)
  7. 7 Fool for You (3:32)
  8. 8 Thicket (5:02)
  9. 9 Fly (4:54)
  10. 10 Unpack Your Heart (3:16)
  11. 11 Face (3:55)
  12. 12 Midnight Sun (3:21)
  13. 13 My Boy (4:39)
  14. 14 Don't Trust Me (3:36)
  15. 15 Armless Crawler (3:53)
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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
Shawn Pelton Percussion, Drums
Andy Snitzer Saxophone
Anthony Kadleck Trumpet
Robert "JJ" Smith Jr. Bass
Paul Woodiel Violin
Robin Zeh Violin
Gregg Wattenberg Guitar, Background Vocals
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
Jason "JT" Thomas Drums
Katie Kresek Violin
Adam Krauthamer French Horn
John Alicastro Background Vocals
Dave Eggar Cello, Soloist
Gunnar Olsen Drums
Katie Jacoby Violin
Victoria Paterson Violin
Bobby Sparks II 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
Derek A.E. Fuhrmann Guitar, Piano, Keyboards, Vocals, 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
Ted Jensen Mastering
Andy Snitzer Horn Arrangements
David Ryan Harris Composer, drum programming
Les Scurry Producer
Gregg Wattenberg Composer, Producer
Ross Petersen Engineer
Stephanie Hsu Creative Consultant
Rob Carmichael Art Direction
Philip Dizack Horn Arrangements
Todd Clark Composer
Matt Kennedy Piano Engineer
Jon Green Composer, Vocal Engineer, Piano Engineer
Katie Kresek String Arrangements
Dave Eggar String Arrangements
Fin Greenall Composer
Christine Wolff Publicity
Samantha Tripses Marketing Coordinator
Lenny Skolnik Pro-Tools
Phillip Phillips Composer, Producer
Chuck Palmer String Arrangements
Rod Steger Keyboard Engineer
Ian Driscoll Engineer
Katie Addis Marketing
Derek A.E. Fuhrmann Composer, Producer, drum programming
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