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Over the years Sam Phillips has slowly but surely been folding her music into smaller and smaller pieces. Even when she adds dissonant touches on her first self-produced album (after eight with T-Bone Burnett), it’s with a sense of "compact." Nothing sprawls. Electric guitars buzz and hum but they do not reverberate. Her touring band plays quietly and deliberately. And her songs are kept lyrically spare, filled with private references, quick literal judgments and elliptical symbolism where everything comes back around. While it’s tempting to read her lovelorn treatises, such as the opening track “No Explanations,” as her reaction to her divorce from producer / musician T Bone Burnett (he’s thanked in the album’s liner notes), with Phillips it’s only part of a universal journey. She comments on the modern world (“Little Plastic Life”), her own inspirations (“Sister Rosetta Goes Before Us” also covered by Robert Plant and Alison Krauss) and the realization of one’s dreams (“Flowers Up”) with a minimalism that’s spare and haunting. But it’s a claustrophobic box made more so by Phillips’ craggly delivery, where every breath is labored by the need to set things askew.

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'Anything' she does is magic

Don’t Do Anything builds upon the traits that made Phillips’ two preceeding albums so wonderful, but adds an extra layer of depth and instrumentation. Here, Phillips has effortlessly pulled the best pieces of all of her previous albums into one complete experience. Once again, Phillips has created an album to become awestruck by.

Do Anything... buy this album. This is one of the most underated artist out there who diserves so much more attention, and hopefully with this impecabble album she will have it. Dumping the hubby didn't break her down, make her weak nor write weepy lyrics, it made her more powerful than she's ever been. I have been following Sam's career since the very beginning and she has yet to lose me.

Better than great.

GREAT album. I would say we need more artists like Sam Phillips, but then I realize there's no such thing, she's an original... what we need are more artists that are nothing like Sam Phillips, but just as good!!! I would throw Sam Phillips, Jeff Buckley, Muse, Chris Cornell and Rufus Wainwright in the same ecclectic pile of awesomeness. Unique artists, saying unique things in unique ways. Feels like this is album was made for personal reasons, and that's what makes it feel universal... to me anyway. Thank you Sam for making music for fans of music not just as entertainment, but as a reflection of actual life... internal life, external life and eternal life. God Bless you:-)


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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