12 Songs, 33 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

Past albums found southern California songstress Sam Phillips indulging in adventurous productions to fully flesh out her pop melodies. However, with 2001’s Fan Dance, her first album after a five year hiatus, she chose to strip the sound to its barest essentials. The electro-pop and psychedelic guitars are replaced with acoustic guitar and the sense that everything is happening in a small, quiet room at the far end of the house. The songs actually were cut live with few overdubs. Tom Waits’ sideman Marc Ribot contributes his counterpoint and alt.country star Gillian Welch harmonizes alongside for two of the album’s strongest tunes, “Five Colors” and “Love is Everywhere I Go.” The emphasis throughout is on economy. Phillips wastes no words and the twelve compositions roll briskly past at just over half an hour. Still, Phillips is hardly rustic. “Edge of the World” has a lushness beyond its simple beginnings, “Soul Eclipse” uses a distorted grime to get its point across, and the wordless incantation of “Is That Your Zebra?” offers unconventional transcendence.

EDITORS’ NOTES

Past albums found southern California songstress Sam Phillips indulging in adventurous productions to fully flesh out her pop melodies. However, with 2001’s Fan Dance, her first album after a five year hiatus, she chose to strip the sound to its barest essentials. The electro-pop and psychedelic guitars are replaced with acoustic guitar and the sense that everything is happening in a small, quiet room at the far end of the house. The songs actually were cut live with few overdubs. Tom Waits’ sideman Marc Ribot contributes his counterpoint and alt.country star Gillian Welch harmonizes alongside for two of the album’s strongest tunes, “Five Colors” and “Love is Everywhere I Go.” The emphasis throughout is on economy. Phillips wastes no words and the twelve compositions roll briskly past at just over half an hour. Still, Phillips is hardly rustic. “Edge of the World” has a lushness beyond its simple beginnings, “Soul Eclipse” uses a distorted grime to get its point across, and the wordless incantation of “Is That Your Zebra?” offers unconventional transcendence.

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Ratings and Reviews

4.9 out of 5
15 Ratings

15 Ratings

musiclover 95 ,

sam phillips = amazing!

i also heard of sam phillips on gilmore girls and i lookes her up on itunes and i now am in love with her music! shes so great! flowers up and a boot and a shoe are also graet albums of hers. sam phillips is amazing!

samanthahhhh ,

amazing

i heard how to dream on the finale of gilmore girls i loved it! and taking pictures was also on a gilmore girls finale, sam philips is amazing<33

mycoolnickname ,

I love it!

I love these songs! They are so pretty.
I love her voice and the music is beautiful.
Awesome job Sammy! jk

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