Music

B+

A Boot and a Shoe

Lead Performer: Sam Phillips (Musician); Producer (group): Nonesuch

Phillips’ first CD in three years continues to move beyond her Beatlesque pop, reprising the spare sonic mapping of Fan Dance. In tracing the labyrinthine twists and ultimate dissolution of love, she and longtime producer T Bone Burnett conjure a mood as intimate as a late-night confession. Balancing intrigue and seduction against the anguish of romantic despair, Phillips flirts with Depression-era stylings and pre-World War II cabaret to brilliantly convey a chaotic world of subdued rage.

Originally posted May 7 2004 — 12:00 AM EDT

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