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Don't Do Anything

June 3, 2008 | Format: MP3

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  • Original Release Date: May 15, 2008
  • Release Date: June 3, 2008
  • Label: Nonesuch
  • Copyright: 2008 Nonesuch Records, Inc.
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  • Total Length: 35:12
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  • ASIN: B001A385JY
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars 24 customer reviews
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #83,240 Paid in Albums (See Top 100 Paid in Albums)

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It starts with her voice, "I thought if he understood, he wouldn't treat me this way. No explanations". There's a little electric guitar accenting the voice. And then comes the beat. A big tribal beat that is right up front in the mix and keeps growing and growing as the song continues on. It's not a fast song and when it is just Sam, it feels like a Boot and a Shoe song. But that big drum sound and the fuzzy guitar give it a new feel. "No Explanations" is the opening track to "Don't Do Anything" and a sign that Sam is not standing still in her musical style.

Sam has stated in an interview somewhere that she sees this CD as a cross between ABAAS ("A Boot and a Shoe") and "Martinis and Bikinis". It is easy to see. The big drums on some of the songs and the heavy use of a electric guitar along with several songs that have very catchy choruses really bring back the feel of her mid 90's sound. But the rest of the CD is Sam with her acoustic guitar or piano surrounded by deft drumming from Jay and always gorgeous violin from Eric which is very much the qualities we loved in ABAAS. In fact, this CD is pretty much a trio with Sam on piano and acoustic and electric guitars, Jay Bellerose on percussion and Eric Gorfain (The Section Quartet) on violin (banjo and other instruments of destruction). Patrick Warren helps out here and there and the entire Section Quartet gets in on a few songs also.

"Sister Rosetta Goes Before Us" and "Signal" are two of the older songs on the CD. "Sister Rosetta" was one of the standout songs from the Plant/Krauss CD and tour and it is even better here. The sound is very close to ABAAS with a lovely string arrangement from Eric.

"Another Song" and "Don't Do Anything" are back to back on the CD. I love this pairing of songs.
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Sam Phillips
`Don't Do Anything'
Nonesuch Records

If there were artistic justice in this world, Sam Phillips would be a hallowed name followed with much fanfare. But that is not her way, she tends to slip in through the cracks and to peek from behind the corners. Her music reflects this tendency.

New fans recognize her as the lady that provided the great melodies for Gilmore Girls, while die hard fans go back thirty years ago with her to her days as a Contemporary Christian singer.

Sam Phillips (formerly Leslie Phillips) left what was becoming the Christian Music scene in 1986 when it was clear that what had started as some Christian artists collecting together now was turning into an industry.

Don't Do Anything (Nonesuch, 2008) is a bit of a throw back to her 90's period of some fuzzy "soda pop" sounds mixed with her neo-nostalgia that she has hone in on with the past two records. She blends it all perfectly. It could easily be a soundtrack for an 1800's western saloon of the future.

She opens the album with a track that is reminiscent of her ultra mod 1995 record Omnipop. It is fuzzy and unapologetically wonderful. She kicks off addressing the lingering questions surrounding her divorce from T-Bone Burnett. "No Explanations", track #1.

The entire album is orchestrated properly, sparse where needed. Sam is very purposeful, but not blunt. She intricately weaves hinted at visions beyond grasp with a first listen. There is her constant human positioning and an earth consciousness, in the hands of our maker who loves us best when we "Don't Do Anything.
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I'm embarrassed for Sam fans everywhere in reading other reviews here, specifically Stevens saying that the latest 3 Doors Down or Coldplay album is more interesting than Sam's. How she could be uttered in the same breath as those bands is funny to me - the depths and heights she's reached musically and lyrically are beyond anything those bands have ever recorded. I like Coldplay alright and have seen them in concert in their early years (3 Doors Down... now THEY'RE boring!), but they've gone WAY downhill since then and are nothing more than one of hundreds of good bands with some good songs and unique lead vocals.

Sam, on the other hand, has been distinctive since day one. I've listened to her since 1990 and have never heard anyone to closely compare with her. I think "A Boot and a Shoe" is one of her all time best albums, so rich, lush and full - way better than "Fan Dance". This new album is not as good as the last, I agree, but it's better with each listen and is so much more than the best albums of most ("Flowers Up" just haunts me). I think "Martinis and Bikinis" is probably her other best album (after the brilliant "The Turning"), but each album she makes hold soul-searching gems that add great value to the musical world. "Gilmore Girls" hasn't ruined Sam - she's matured and evolved and though each album isn't always as big a musical leap as others ("Omnipop" was a creative leap but only half of it really worked), but each recording she makes holds layered treasures that rise to the surface the more you listen.

Because bands like Coldplay have millions of fans and Sam has "only 20", does NOT in any way mean they are better. With that logic, Brittany Spears and Nickelback and such acts are amazing musicians!?? It's ridiculous logic.
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