Fan Dance - Sam Phillips
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  • Summary: This is Sam Phillips' first new album in five years, following 1996's poorly-received 'Omnipop.' Phillips' husband, T-Bone Burnett, produces.
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  1. Positive: 9 out of 11
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  1. With Fan Dance, Sam Phillips has made an album that proves modesty is one the rarest and most welcome virtues in pop music today.
  2. Whenever the delicious sensuality of the music threatens to take over, the anxiety and restless intelligence that drive it return to the surface, creating a quietly riveting tension. Fan Dance could be Sam Phillips' best album yet -- and that's really saying something.
  3. Fan Dance confirms that Phillips has quietly developed into one of the most assured writers and performers in the underpopulated field of adult pop.
  4. 80
    The music is by turns atmospheric, quirky and joyous. [Aug/Sep 2001, p.126]
  5. A less produced, totally honest and much more sparse collection than what fans were dancing to with Omnipop.
  6. Some may find the subtle Fan Dance too unadorned, but its quiet beauty holds real strength.
  7. An album that's as entrancing as it is modestly proportioned. [June 2002, p.121]

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  1. SneedyM
    Apr 10, 2005
    Having already forged a career in pop but failing to establish herself as a household name (despite her critically-acclaimed "Martinis & Bikinis" record which appeared on Virgin in 1994), this is Sam's attempt at paring down her sound after her bloated, heavier fourth album ("Omnipop" 1996). It's mesmerizing and vulnerable, with the entire album under a sort of acoustic restraint that makes it the first truly cohesive SP album since "Cruel Inventions" appeared a decade prior. While it's bound to turn off some fans, the independent label and mature focus make this transitional album as worthy as Bettie Serveert's "Private Suit" or any of Elvis Costello's albums from the mid 1980s. Expand
  2. ChristopherC.
    Oct 9, 2001
    A quiet masterpiece by an exceptional and very underrated singer/songwriter that draws you further in and grabs ahold of your soul with each listen.
  3. BobG.
    Aug 30, 2002
    Boring album. I love Sam Phillips' "Cruel Inventions" and "Martinis & Bikinis," but this one's a dud. Why critics are creaming in their pants about it, I dunno. But not one song sticks in your head. Expand

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