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A Boot and a Shoe

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On A Boot And A Shoe Sam Phillips fully realizes the sound she began exploring on her acclaimed Nonesuch debut, Fan Dance. The new music is simple while sophisticated, rich but economical, deriving much of its power from restraint and subtlety. Produced by T-Bone Burnett, the record's 13 songs unfold with the intimacy and organic coherence of a live show.

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (April 27, 2004)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Nonesuch Records
  • ASIN: B0001LJC66
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (42 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #129,668 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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23 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Lee Armstrong HALL OF FAMETOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on October 9, 2004
Format: Audio CD
On the inner cover is a picture of a hand offering a green apple. Whether the apple symbolizes temptation or affinity with the Beatles' era music, this is such a delicious CD that we do well to eat the apple. From the opening of "How to Quit" Sam's guitar and Carla Azar's drums pound out a simple rhythms that shimmer & glow. My favorite track is "All Night" with its eastern European rhythms that take two drummers and Sam's hushed vocal allure, "Sleepless questions & some sly suggestions that I could fly if I could only fall; I've been wanting to touch you since we met." "Open the World" seems like an off-kilter romance with music that keeps trying to fit together mirroring the awkwardness of emotion reflected in the lyric, "You caught me wanting & the shame in my eyes was so inductive that it magnetized us pulling down my need." "Red Silk Five" is deceptively simple, but entirely addictive. Phillips' songs are short, the longest clocking in an eyelash over 4 minutes, with two songs under 2 minutes, yet the time is fully embodied and hardly seems short. "Draw Man" has a lighthearted soft melodic shuffle with a terrific lyric, "It's too much trouble to impress you; My lies are never big enough; I use the truth to cover up where you're looking." Another wonderfully addictive song sounds like it could be the cabaret soundtrack for Sartre's "No Exit" about a love triangle where each loves the next. "If I Could Write" has the most instrumentation with Patrick Warren's string arrangement on this lighthearted melody that crosscuts with a complex lyric, "Desire's the element that I can't fight, dream is the arm of God.Read more ›
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful By jqr on October 25, 2004
Format: Audio CD
The second time I put this CD on the stereo, I felt as if I had already heard it a hundred times. There is something about the melodies and the lyrics of Sam Phillips that makes the songs irresistibly catchy.

They're not catchy in a bubble-gum pop way, however. The songs catch me right in the gut. There is a part of me that responds wholeheartedly to a vision like that of Sam Phillips; a world which is wry, sly and knowing. This is music that is written to appeal to adults and people who think like adults.

The friend who recommended the album to me said it was "old-timey," but the more I listen, the more I think that's completely the wrong way to describe it. She uses old-time instrumentation that recalls jug bands, string quartets and lonely young women in walk-up apartments with acoustic guitars. But those voicings are assembled in a modern way.
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22 of 26 people found the following review helpful By omnipop on June 21, 2004
Format: Audio CD
This record is yet another brilliant piece of work from Sam. It does require a few listens to really kick in, but once it does, it just won't let go.
The virgin era albums were more full blown, Technicolor productions. This and "Fan Dance" are more black and white in approach,( there are some who don't like black and white, so sorry) but to say that they are unadorned is simply not true. Half of this album has beautiful string arrangements; there's some pretty great drumming going on, heck the first song has a doubletracked vocal on it. For those who feel it's one long song, listen again.
I always thought that the best things about Sam are her songs and her voice. The melodies are memorable, tuneful. Nobody writes more economically than Sam; why write three verses when two will do? I didn't notice any " cosmic whining" in the lyrics. You can read into it any way you like; I think Sam likes to leave things open to interpretation, leave some mystery there. As for her singing, she is a great vocalist, making the most of what she has.
Some have complained about the length. Well, Revolver and Pet Sounds are short albums too. This record doesn't need to be any longer than it is. It feels complete to me.
In some ways, this and "Fan Dance" are the best work Sam has done. The Virgin era owed a lot sonically to the Beatles. I think these records are unique.No one is quite working in the same territory. I think that is why Sam has fallen in between the cracks, there is no easy categorization to her approach, and there never was.
There are many rich rewards to be found here. This is a great album. Open the world and listen.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By casey87 on April 16, 2005
Format: Audio CD
I first became interested in Sam Phillips after hearing the track "Reflecting Light" in an episode of Gilmore Girls (her music plays in nearly every episode of the show, usually as small snippits and cues between scenes). From the moment I put the album in my stereo, I was hooked.

Unlike most music heard on the radio today, there is no filler in Phillip's music. It goes straight to the good stuff, the minute you put the CD on, with no unneccessary beats and hooks to weigh you down. The music is deep and heavy, but it somehow rolls lightly and flows smoothly, in an acoustic-melodic-alternative-indie-rock way. Some tracks are love songs, some are stories of life and loss, but none are sappy.

The album was near-perfect, but I did feel that it was too short. There are 13 songs, a fairly good total, but less than 40 minutes of music in all. Some of the songs are similar, too; while a few tracks are completely unique, and they all have distinct ryhtms and messages, they do tend to flow into each other.

Despite this, the CD is great--it's one that will never be outdated or lose it's value.

"A Boot and A Shoe" is a "quality over quantity" CD for those listeners who are tired of bubble-gum pop and want something more sophisticated and original, but still want to hear something fun and modern.
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