"American Idol" winner Phillip Phillips' debut album, "The World from the Side of the Moon," is a mix between generic pop and heartfelt Americana.

The album, released on Nov. 19, features 12 songs, most of which are written or co-written by Phillips. Two deluxe albums, which feature extra songs including his versions of "Wicked Game" and "Thriller," were released along with the regular album.

The album begins with "Man on the Moon." The song's first line, "I watch the world from a side of the moon," is the inspiration for the title. It relates a theme of self discovery. The lyrics are deep, but they feel a bit forced. Overall, it's a good song that features a banjo, violin and saxophone, giving it extra musical zest.

The first track is followed up with his hit double platinum single, "Home," a solid, catchy song with a Mumford and Sons feel. The song relates going down an unfamiliar road, with encouraging lyrics, "Just know you're not alone/Cause I'm going to make this place your home."

"Home" was used by Phillips as his coronation song on the season finale of "American Idol," though it wasn't originally written for him. After the finale, Phillips told MTV News that "Home" wasn't his first choice and that "it's not really something I would write." Perhaps that's why the song stands out on the album, making most of Phillips' other songs seem somewhat lacking in comparison.

However, "Gone, Gone, Gone," goes along with the style "Home." It's a heartfelt love song with an anthem-like chorus. In the song he tells his lover, "Baby I'm not moving on/I love you long after you're gone," and sweetly that "You're my back bone, you're my cornerstone/You're my crutch when my legs stop moving." It is also reminiscent of Mumford and Sons.

In fact, a lot of this album feels very familiar, reminding listeners of Dave Matthews as well. The songs generally seem mediocre and unoriginal. Most of the songs sound very similar to each other, with his vocals rarely changing.
However, there is a genuine, earnest quality to the album, and his guitar playing never ceases to impress. Phillips seems to have potential. It's not a bad thing to be compared to successful bands, but perhaps there is a need for the artist to find his own unique style. As Phillips grows as a singer/songwriter, he is certain to grow more independent of his influences, or at least learn to put a more unique spin on his songs.