A Boot And A Shoe - Sam Phillips
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  • Summary: Husband T Bone Burnett produced this latest effort for the singer-songwriter, her first in three years.
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  1. Positive: 9 out of 9
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  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. Small, perfectly formed and wonderfully refreshing. [Jun 2004, p.105]
  5. 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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    The longer the album runs the more engaging the songs seem to become. [May 2004, p.104]

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Score distribution:
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