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  • Audio CD (October 25, 1990)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Sony
  • ASIN: B00000256B
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (41 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #420,147 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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One of my favourite albums.
Ingvi Thor Kormaksson
Phoebe's voice caresses melodies, soars and swoops with ease and great accuracy over the astonishingly wide vocal range she possesses.
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30 of 30 people found the following review helpful By brian@mragroup.com.au on January 10, 1999
Format: Audio CD
If I had one album to take to the proverbial desert island this would be it. Phoebe Snow's talent for writing, singing, and conveying deep meaning through subtle yet powerful lyrics is second to none. In my opinion, the only other writer who comes anywhere near Snow's standard on this record is Paul Simon. I first heard 'Second Childhood' on vinyl in 1976 and cannot remember ever being knocked over so quickly by a modern musical work. Repeated listenings have served to confirm that this is a truly classic album. It has never been available on CD in Australia and I have therefore taken care to preserve my vinyl copy. Phoebe's voice caresses melodies, soars and swoops with ease and great accuracy over the astonishingly wide vocal range she possesses. The musicians accompanying her play with a sensitivity and empathy rarely heard in popular music, but that's hardly surprising when you consider that the players featured on the album read like a who's who of America's finest. Artists in their own right, they bring their expertise and improvisatory abilities to the magic in this amazing work. Their joy in making music of the highest calibre sparkles and glistens through every piece. Without a doubt this is the jewel in the crown of Phoebe Snow's recorded output, which amounts to a series of patchy albums, all of which contain gems among the dross in their tracks. This is not to belittle Snow's other records, far from it, however apart from "Never Letting Go' and 'Poetry Man' her releases were inconsistent in that each one featured a few elegant and beautiful songs, but none spread the power she was so capable of across the entire musical canvas as convincingly as 'Second Childhood'. Yes folks, strong words I know, but all you have to do to test my opinion on this is listen to the album! Allow the music to transport you and you will understand my enthusiasm for Phoebe and her 'Second Childhood '.
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22 of 23 people found the following review helpful By C. E. A. Esq on October 18, 2005
Format: Audio CD
Second Childhood is possibly Phoebe Snow's masterpiece. The songs - the self-written ones - examine every neurosis imaginable. Being frightened by children laughing in the streets, terrorised by romantic entanglements, depression, loneliness, substance abuse. There is nowhere she isn't willing to go.

Phoebe doesn't remember much of this material. If you shout out for these songs at her concerts, she's likely to say, "I can't remember it."

By the way, Phoebe isn't - as some weird reviewer alleged - a pale-skinned black woman. She's caucasian, Jewish, with very curly hair. That comment reminded me of the people who thought Janis Ian was black. No matter. It's just odd that people think that race is relevent when assessing an artist. Phoebe could be white, brown, black, red, yellow, indigo, or purple. She'd still be Phoebe Snow, and for that I'm thankful.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on September 29, 2000
Format: Audio CD
Phoebe Snow is one of the vocal wonders of the world. Of all her albums, this -- along with her self-titled debut record -- is the one to have! A very fun, lush and funky mix of tunes. Very much a product of the Paul Simon-influenced Mid-'70's NY scene, this is a major achievement in popular music.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By yygsgsdrassil on November 1, 2001
Format: Audio CD
She sings a folk-like blues pop with that patented PS hinged/unhinged je ne sais quoi in her voice. She herself called her technique an inspired insanity. Simply, it's a classic voice used like a virtuoso violinist. Instantly recognisable, and yet, earthy, soulful and real. (She has done a lot of commercials, by the by). I dig her body of work overall, but this is my favorite CD/album with the great tunes "Two Fisted Love" and the jazzy "No Regrets".
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By a gentle sound on April 26, 2011
Format: Audio CD
I really took the news of the loss of Phoebe Snow to heart today. I cannot think of another voice like hers.
This album, and other tunes of hers I adore, were little moments in lost days I lived, that I find this remarkably beautiful to hear again. If you had to offer a tribute to her, you might just as well put this on, close your eyes and dance to the music.
It's been years since these were penned but I don't find them dated, naive, or in some way lost to another time. I find them remarkably prescient. By far my favorite of her albums.
Sad loss of a lovely singer songwriter and a mom that had uncompromising love for her child.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on January 6, 1999
Format: Audio CD
I remeber my father playing the album when I was a kid. It is simply one of her best and turned me into a lifetime fan! Phoebe displays a classic smooth jazz sound and a hint or R&B with her sultry voice. 10 THUMBS UP!/A TRUE CLASSIC!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 23, 1998
Format: Audio CD
A quintessncial 70's album with all the right flavorings. Pheobe's voice is unstoppable, breaking in and out of her trademark falsetto. A quiet album with hippie adornments and sensibility. Almost jazzy with bells and chimes and instrumentation you'll recall and enjoy hearing again. A wonderful time capsule that showcases one of the great voices of all time.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Andre S. Grindle TOP 1000 REVIEWER on May 4, 2010
Format: Audio CD
When you listen to a lot of music like I do it's all too common for things to all start sounding somewhat blase' after a certain point. You start to think you've heard it all and that nothing can surprise you. Sometimes though you have somebody with a sound and a style that really makes an impression on you. And often enough it isn't the sound of the overall music but the way it's executed-harmony and arrangement and such. This is one of those artists and one of those albums. Backed by members of the band Stuff and David Sanborn,as were so many albums of the mid 70's this album is part of the jazz-soul-folk-funk hydrid sound that was so successful for Paul Simon around the same time. One of the most inspired instruments here actually comes from Phoebe herself. Her defining feature as a vocalist is an Aaron Neville-like vibratto but she also has a serious vocal range,an easy sense of scale transition and the fact the she approches it from the standpoint of "playing" with her voice somewhat like a jazz musician. She has one of the most distinctive vocal instruments of her era and is also known for having the most appropriate music to fit her style. Some of these songs are more in tune with folk styles such as the single "Two Fisted Love" is one such song as the the elaborately harmonized song features the acoustic guitar higher in the mix. In the meantime "Cash In" has a jazz-funk flavor with an edgy rhythm that really suites Phoebe's vocal styyle very well. She returns to the flavor again on "Goin' Down For The Third Time" a bit later in the album. "Inspired Insanity","No Regrets","Sweet Disposition" and "Pre-Dawn Imagination" all explore lushly keyboard oriented singer-songwriter folksy jazz/R&B roughly in the mid to low tempo range.Read more ›
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