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A Boot and a Shoe

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Sam is awesome

I've tried to keep an open mind about her - i have loved the Gilmore Girls for a long time and part of my love has been the music, the accompaniments and the la las. so i bought Fan Dance and tried to get into it thanks to the song "How To Dream" which has a la la sampled. But that song was such a small small part to an overall brilliantly shining diamond - the Lynchian arrangements and lyrics that breathe life into all four corners thanks to production that makes you feel she's free to do as she pleases, no polish, no restrictions just Sam doing what she wants with no deluge of instruments (a guitar and drums are the focus with sparse violins and pianos in a few of the songs). I chainsmoked the album and it fast became a favourite. Then i decided to get another album (a rare occurance for me) and i bought A Boot And A Shoe because i' heard "Reflecting Light" which is a most beautiful song. The album is INCREDIBLE. Where Fan Dance was this murky, eerie album, A Boot And A Shoe is full of light and fun. But there's no crazy here, no catering to anyone - Sam is doing it for herself. She's sure of who she is and makes it how she wants it to be - i find (although i love these women) Tori Amos, Bjork and PJ Harvey rather tiresome after a while for they can't seem to pick a style, they can't be who they are they are constantly changing and after a while it becomes dry. Hearing PJ Harvey complain about "Stories" because it did well commercially was a final straw - "Stories" was a well-crafted album and she shouldn't whinge about making something like it - nor should Bjork complain about "It's all so quiet." i couldn't really go on listening to people who don't at all seem at ease with their talents to just be themselves. so finding Sam is a revelation. Although there is a big difference between the tones in "Fan Dance" and "A Boot And A Shoe," it still feels like it's all her and listening to her music has me feeling she's there in the room. The funky "All night" is actually an incredibly sexy, bitter song and contrasts with the brilliant "Love Changed Everything," and opimistic love song that also benefits from some lovely ahhs and a great bass guitar. Although here there are many more instruments on show, and her guitar isn't always the focus, it's never overdone and the it sounds minimal and yet crackling with energy - a bit like Grace Jones' "Nightclubbing," or the folk/rock version of it. She still has the sadness in songs like "Hole In My Pocket" and the brilliantly cynical "One Day Late" but she's found some happiness and assurance ("Reflecting Light"). I wish more people knew her and i'm also so glad more people don't because i enjoy having her to myself but she's way too good to be kept to a small handful. Seriously, you must hear this album - Sam Phillips is without a doubt an essential listen.

Biography

Born: 28 January 1962 in Glendale, CA

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

The acid pop singer/songwriter born Leslie Phillips earned the nonsensical nickname "Sam" as a child; only when she was recording her debut album did she finally hear of the other, more renowned Sam Phillips and learn of his legacy as the founder of Sun Records, the label which launched the careers of Elvis Presley and Jerry Lee Lewis. In retrospect, however, her relative distance from the history and conventions of pop music may have been in her favor and accounted for the fresh perspective...
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