• Record Label: Nonesuch
  • Release Date: Apr 27, 2004
User Score
9.0

Universal acclaim- based on 13 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 12 out of 13
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 13
  3. Negative: 1 out of 13

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  1. MS
    Oct 29, 2004
    10
    The reviews are on target: repeated listenings reveal a truly beautiful album; sublime, joyful, sad, engaging, what fans of singer-songwriters yearn for...
  2. ChristopherC
    May 15, 2004
    10
    A gorgeous release with songs that yearn to be listened to over and over again. This is Sam at her best!
  3. iker
    Jun 10, 2004
    10
    As much as I would like to see Sam let go and rock, the minimalism suits her well too.
  4. JimB
    Jun 16, 2004
    9
    While I slightly prefer the darker tones on her previous masterpiece:"Fan Dance",Sam's new album is sublime regardless-"Reflecting Light" is simply one of the most beautiful songs she's ever written. I thank the stars there's an artist like Sam Phillips today still writing consistently brilliant material,having been in the(currently suffering)music-industry for as long as she has.
  5. SneedyM
    Apr 10, 2005
    10
    A bit brighter and playful than her previous release, it's no less profound and if anything just a bit better than "Fan Dance" based on the quality of the songwriting. Husband T-Bone Burnett has produced every one of Sam's Records since 1988, and the success of each release is due in part to his general vision, but Sam's creative input is still the reason I look for every A bit brighter and playful than her previous release, it's no less profound and if anything just a bit better than "Fan Dance" based on the quality of the songwriting. Husband T-Bone Burnett has produced every one of Sam's Records since 1988, and the success of each release is due in part to his general vision, but Sam's creative input is still the reason I look for every record she puts out. Because of the overloaded bass on "All Night", I would recommend listeners use that song as a guide to program their stereos to get the most "effective" settings for listening to the album ("All Night" will actually sound like something on a 50's transistor radio), which in turn is the polar opposite of how the "Fan Dance" record should sound. Expand
  6. CareyC
    Jun 18, 2006
    10
    Sam's best album, each listen reveals something new and unexpected.
  7. BenjaminBunny
    Oct 27, 2004
    9
    Her most adult, sophisticated set yet and her strongest since 1994's rockier, country-tinged "Martinis & Bikinis"...or perhaps even stronger. At first "A Boot & A Shoe" may seem slight, but its been months since this was released and these subtly nagging, understated songs get better and better with each listen. Production that at first seems spare reveals itself as considerate of Her most adult, sophisticated set yet and her strongest since 1994's rockier, country-tinged "Martinis & Bikinis"...or perhaps even stronger. At first "A Boot & A Shoe" may seem slight, but its been months since this was released and these subtly nagging, understated songs get better and better with each listen. Production that at first seems spare reveals itself as considerate of the most minute sonic details--a real accomplishment for Phillips and husband/producer T Bone Burnett and overall one of the most lovely, subtly engrossing and stalwart albums of this year. Expand
  8. DavidK.
    Jun 17, 2004
    9
    Here's a musician that continues to mature and deepen in a way that beckons the listener to do the same. A golden-set gem within pop music today. Almost freakishly perfect.
  9. Peewee
    Apr 18, 2005
    10
    A masterpiece. One of the most underrated artists in American music, and this is her best album. Probably my favourite album of 2004.
Metascore
83

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. 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.
  2. A disc of graceful beauty.
  3. 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.