Don't Do AnythingNonesuch #ad - She treats her audience like the grownups they are, making adult contemporary music - both uncompromising and alluring - for contemporary adults. She has assembled an enviable coterie of smart Los Angeles musicians, including the Section Quartet, a string ensemble renowned for its interpretations of the work of rock artists like Radiohead and David Bowie.
Don't doanything has a more pronounced rock feel than her two previous Nonesuch discs, especially on tracks like My Career in Chemistry, Under the Night and the title song. This time she delves into the story of Depression-erapreacher Aimee Semple McPherson, whose evangelist empire was brought down by a mysterious disappearance and romantic scandal.
She s also been creating visual collages from vintage magazine advertisements, accessible on her website that have become the springboard for songs like Flowers Up. In fact, one of the most highlypraised tracks on the new robert Plant / Allison Krauss collaboration, Sister Rosetta Goes Before Us, Raising Sand, was written byPhillips and appears on Don't Do Anything in its original form.
Don't Do Anything #ad - That song illustrates the power of Phillips spare yet haunting approach. An evocation of sister rosetta tharpe, the track sports gypsy rhythms andhas a beautifully broken-in feel, the legendary performer who bridged gospel and rock & roll, as if someone had spun it countless times on vinyl before tranferring the song to CD.
And she continue to enthrall music critics and her fellow musicians. This is the first album that Phillips, who plays both electric and acoustic guitars as well as piano, has produced on her own.
Martinis & BikinisVirgin Records #ad - Phillips has rewritten two old beatles songs into "Strawberry Road" and "Same Rain"; she has even recorded a John Lennon composition, "Gimme Some Truth. Phillips's husband, cowrote two of the songs and produced all 13, T-Bone Burnett, and he adds the Lennonesque touches of guitars recorded backward and sweet harmonized vocals pitted against distorted guitars.
The beatles hardly exhausted the possibilities of their late-'60s sound, and Phillips has the hooks and aphorisms to give that sound a second lease on life. But none of this would matter if the songs weren't so good Sam phillips- Martinis & Bikinis. Amazon. Com with martinis & bikinis, sam phillips has revitalized the "Beatlesque" category with some substantial songwriting and a woman's voice, which turns the whole sound upside down.