Behind The Light
Label: 19 Recordings/Interscope
What made Phillip Phillips' 2012 debut The World from the Side of the Moon such a runaway success is how the precocious singer-songwriter (and American Idol champ) married an American pop-rock sound a la Dave Matthews Band and Jack Johnson to dramatically sweeping choruses inspired by British acts such as Coldplay and Snow Patrol. Behind the Light certainly is a continuation of this approach, yet the sophomore effort also sounds more confident and expressive. The propulsive lead single "Raging Fire" is solid proof of this, so are "Alive Again" and the tastefully orchestral "Fool for You."