Phillip Phillips’ “Home”: Review Revue

American Idol champion Phillip Phillips may be the show’s fifth WGWG (White Guy With A Guitar), but the Georgia native already has something not many other Idol winners possess: a universally loved coronation song.

“Home” was penned by Drew Pearson (who has worked with previous Idols Adam Lambert, Lee DeWyze and Casey Abrams) and UK singer Greg Holden. It was originally intended for Holden, but was submitted to Interscope’s Jimmy Iovine, who (accurately) thought it was perfect for Phil. The single is currently #1 on iTunes and has been getting an overwhelmingly positive response from fans and music bloggers. In fact, the one person who may not be that crazy about the song is Phillip Phillips.

“I don’t write songs like that,” Phillips told reporters of the track. “It’s a very good song and I’m glad people enjoyed it, but I’m itching to do my own stuff.”

“The song that I did tonight that supposedly is my single, it’s not really my single, I told them it’s not my single,” he continued. “I have my own stories to tell,” he said, “[But] I couldn’t do my song [on the finale]; we just didn’t have enough time.”

So what would Phil’s personally-written original tunes sound like? “Jazz and rock alternative sound; not really rock-rock — pretty different,” he says.

It’s too bad that Phillip doesn’t appear to be totally on board with the sound of “Home”, especially since pretty much everyone is shocked by how much they like it. Look below to see what we mean:

Popdust likes the song, and believes it “runs with the necessary thematic elements needed to market someone who came from a reality competition show, while picking up more interesting styles that focus on instrumentals and arrangement in addition to vocals.”

Idol Chatter thinks Phillips’ song is “very commercially viable and sounds like radio today mixed with a little old-school Simon and Garfunkel.” They add, “Home has to rank as one of the best Idol coronation songs ever.”

MJsBigBlog seems surprised, calling the song “actually pretty damn good” and “I’m not ashamed to admit that I downloaded this one.”

EW Music Mix gives the song an A-, and (like pretty much everyone else) likens it to Mumford & Sons and Fleet Foxes. They give it quite a compliment, saying, “The triumphant track is easily the coolest, most relevant song ever used as a reality TV coronation song.” keeps it simple in their review: “I love this song. I hope it becomes a hit. It sounds like a remix of Mumford and Sons and Arcade Fire! Go Phillip!”

Spin, who titles their post “American Idol Shocker: Phillip Phillips’ Coronation Song ‘Home’ Doesn’t Suck” calls the tune “shockingly good — especially for an Idol coronation song, which have a tendency to be horrifyingly embarrassing.”

Vulture‘s Idol blogger Dave Holmes admits that he loves it, as it’s “the first of these Idol winner songs I can actually imagine becoming a hit song.” He gushes, “It is perfect for him: It’s right in his range, the arrangement updates his shtick to this decade, and a nation of pubescent girls imagines him singing its lyric directly to them. Game over.”

What do you think of Phillip’s coronation song? Did you download it? Or are still too bummed out that Jessica didn’t win? Sound off below!

  • Yvonne T

    Phillip Phillips (American Idol winner 2012) What a beautiful song, I am so proud of you! I am happy to say You were my favorite since you first auditioned. I am Canadian but I truly believe you will have a great Career. All the Best and please do take care of your health and stay true to who you are. I am a huge fan of yours.

    Yvonne T
    Edmonton, AB Canada

  • supermariah

    one hit wonder

    • mitz

      o.k super mariah and who are you?? NOBODY!!! lets see you get up there and sing on the same level,or even sing, which Im sure you cannot do, not to mention what he has gone through health wise.

    • Frank N Stein

      Who are you? some dissapointed Jessica supporter I imagine. Fact is most prior Idol winners have not had a single hit.

  • tess

    I cannot stop listening to this song!!

  • Debbie M

    Looked forward to Phil’s performances each week on American Idol. A few song choices might not have been the best, but the majority were. “Home” is a great song, performed just perfectly by Phil. Congrats to him.

  • Nancy Downey

    Unique voice, Jessica sounded alot like others but a very strong voice. Picked the right one to represent American Idol for sure. I will be buying Phillip’s first cd for sure.

  • Janice Goldsberry

    I liked Phillip because he was different and stayed true to who he is. I love the new song. He will be one of my favorite Idols since it started……

  • Mary

    I repeatedly listened to this BFORE he won. Download? ABSOLUTELY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


    pp is the best on AI garauntee!! i cant wait to buy all his albums!!! PP is what American Idol is all about!!!!!!!! PP I WILL BE BUYING YOUR ALBUMS FOREVER, YOUR #1 FAN JENN:)) PP IS THE SHIZ!!!!!!!!! I LOVE YOU PP !!!!!!! OH N AS HEALTH GOES , GOD IS WITH U BUD , U WILL OVERCOME THAT N U WILL BE A TRUE TO YOURSELF MEGA IDOL FOREVER, DONT EVER FORGET U R THE BEST!!!!!!!!!!

  • Sue B

    I have been a fan since you auditioned on AI. I love your sound; I love the way you stayed true to yourself, and enjoyed your performances week after week on Idol. We laughed when you came out dressed in shades of gray when Tommy advised you against it. You are real and you are such a character. Your music is on my Nano and I am a huge fan. Thrilled for you and the years ahead of you, Phillip!!