Zero Zero Zero: Best of #ad - A wrap-up of sam phillips's decade-long stint with virgin Records that began in 1988 with the sublime Indescribable Wow, Zero Zero Zero offers marvels aplenty for anyone unfamiliar with the California singer/songwriter's sterling work. In the end, one can't help pondering, What next? --Steven Stolder. Phillips and producer t-bone burnett Phillips's husband teamed on all the Virgin releases, lovingly sculpting magical variations on Magical Mystery Tour-style psychedelia.
Omnipop It's Only A Flesh Wound LambchopVirgin Records #ad - Thereafter things get wonky as phillips and her cohorts Marc Ribot, husband T-Bone Burnett, Jerry Scheff, and others let their experimental urges run free on songs that are a little too clever and complex for most listeners. Jeff Bateman. The dark, thudding opener "Entertainmen" is one of Phillips's most intriguing songs.
A disappointment after 1991's near-perfect Cruel Inventions.
Cruel InventionsVirgin Records Us #ad - Steven Stolder. Quietly, almost imperceptibly, Southern California thrush Sam Phillips has built up an exceptional body of work. With van dyke parks, marc ribot, and special guest Elvis Costello helping to shape the soundscape, Phillips wafts above the cushioned din, gazing down on scenes that inspire incongruously harsh denouements.
As with all of her "sam" recordings prior to the mid '80s, leslie phillips, this 10-song set from 1991 is branded by a kind of chamber psychedelia courtesy of her hubby, she'd achieved considerable success in Christian music circles under her given name, producer T Bone Burnett. Cruel inventions is but the third in a gently swelling series of consistently creative, intriguingly off-center pop-rock recordings.
Cruel Inventions #ad - Songs such as "lying, " "raised on promises, " and "Now I Can't Find the Door" leave one feeling unsettled. And enthralled.