A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this music.
What 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.
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.
Talk to your kids about ...
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?
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