Artist(s): Phillip Phillips
Label: 19 Recordings
Release Date: 06/07/2012
Edited Version Available: Yes
Parental Advisory: No
Other Choices: "I Love You This Big" (CD Single), "(What Doesn't Kill You Makes You) Stronger" (CD Single), Blown Away
Common Sense Says: Idol champ keeps it clean, upbeat in debut single.
Common Sense Rates It:
Parents need to know
Parents need to know that "Home" -- the first single from American Idol winner Phillip Phillips -- is a clean, positive track about a guy who offers encouragement to someone going through a rough patch. It's entirely free of mature content and profanity, making it a great pick for younger ears.
- Families can talk about how Phillip Phillips compares to all the Idol winners who came before. Do you think he will continue to be successful?
- Do you think Phillips stands to become one of the stronger role models to ever win Idol? Why or why not?
- What influence might Phillips' congenital kidney condition have had on his music and career?
What's the story?
The debut single by 11th American Idol winner Phillip Phillips, "HOME" features lyrics focused on someone telling a friend not to be afraid of a new situation: "Hold on to me as we go, as we roll down this unfamiliar road / And although this wave is stringing us along, just know you're not alone." In its first week, the track sold more digital downloads than the debut single of any other Idol to date.
Is it any good?
Listening to this tune, it's easy to tell that Mumford and Sons are among Phillips' musical influences. The smoky tone of Phillips' vocals is a refreshing departure from the more straightforward pop sounds of his American Idol peers, helping make this one of the more appealing Idol releases.
The Good Stuff
Messages: Good messages about reaching out to others when they are in need.
Educational Value: Though this tune doesn't include a direct educational component, it still offers a positive life lesson about helping others through difficult circumstances.
Role Models: Phillip Phillips seems like a nice guy with a bright future ahead of him.
What to watch out for
Violence & scariness: Not an issue
Sexy stuff: Not an issue
Language: Not an issue
Consumerism: Not an issue
Drinking, drugs & smoking: Not an issue