Alanna Nash
May 07, 2004 AT 04:00 AM EDT

A Boot and a Shoe

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

We gave it a B+

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.

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