A Boot And A Shoe - Sam Phillips

Universal acclaim - based on 9 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 9 out of 9
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 9
  3. Negative: 0 out of 9
  1. What sounded austere on Fan Dance sounds simple on A Boot and a Shoe, and it's the differing inferences of those two adjectives that makes all the difference.
  2. The great beauty of the record, though, is how repeated listenings peel back once-unheard layers, how Phillips’ voice develops a deeper resonance with each spin, and how the deceptive simplicity of the recording gradually fades to reveal carefully scripted movements and moments.
  3. With deft, powerful strokes, the singer-songwriter chisels emotions, impressions, yearnings and regrets, giving these 13 songs exactly as much room as they need and no more.
  4. Phillips flirts with Depression-era stylings and pre-World War II cabaret to brilliantly convey a chaotic world of subdued rage. [7 May 2004, p.86]
  5. Small, perfectly formed and wonderfully refreshing. [Jun 2004, p.105]
  6. 70
    The longer the album runs the more engaging the songs seem to become. [May 2004, p.104]
  7. 70
    Understated and underestimated. [Nov 2004, p.113]
  8. There are hints of blues and gospel, but most of the songs could come from a rustic cabaret that is worried about waking the neighbors.

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