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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 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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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

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!

I love it!

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


Born: January 28, 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 her...
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