Benjamin Svetkey
March 11, 1994 AT 05:00 AM EST

Martinis and Bikinis

type
Music
Current Status
In Season
performer
Sam Phillips (Musician)

We gave it an A

Sam Phillips should be made an honorary fifth Beatle. The 13 songs on Martinis and Bikinis, her fifth album — produced, like the last three, by husband T Bone Burnett — are laced with lovely riff-ettes on Fab Four classics like ”Strawberry Fields Forever” and Sgt. Pepper. There’s even a powerful cover of Lennon’s ”Gimme Some Truth” for a finale. It takes massive cojones to flirt so close to Beatlemania — but this quirky folk-rocker has the talent to pull it off. A

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