Phil Whiteley – Awakening
Phil Whiteley’s sings with tenderness and compassion on the full-bodied beauty of “Awakening”. Opting for carefully constructed arrangements Phil Whiteley reflects upon the state of the world of the relationships that truly make a life extraordinary. Reminiscent of Phil Collins’ thoughtful and poignant discography, Phil Whiteley’s work possesses such a tremendous amount of soul. Melodies linger in the mind, with infectious rhythms helping to neatly frame everything. By choosing such an approach Phil Whiteley creates a world that feels positively timeless in its temperament. Stylistically the album ties together elements of pop, rock, electro, dance, and more into a highly articulate whole. This rests upon the clever lyricism that Phil Whiteley employs over the duration of the album.
Things start up with the powerful work of “One World Man”. Featuring glorious fanfare, the way the many layers build up feels outright majestic. A great journey takes hold with the gentle country twang of “Broken”. With “Say What” Phil Whiteley employs a rollicking riff in such a powerful way. On “Love Life” Phil Whiteley chooses to focus on the trials and tribulations that can come to define trying to find the right one. Stripping things down to the essentials is the meditative “Trust Me”. Luxurious synthesizers with a jazzy hue defines the gracious “Love Yourself”. Nicely bringing the entire album to a joyous conclusion is the elegant “Love and Happiness”.
On “Awakening” Phil Whiteley proves to be a nuanced, able storyteller whose attention to narrative detail gives these songs such depth.
Best of all the entire album can be found here: