Performing Songwriter on Sam Phillips’s Don’t Do Anything, the album I’m most excited to hear in 2008:

While Don’t Do Anything retains elements of her early Beatles-inspired baroque pop and her more recent Euro-chanteuse folk, this self-produced (her first without Burnett) album is striking for its uncharacteristically dissonant sonic touches. The distorted guitars and crashing cymbals contrast intriguingly with her fragile, vulnerable vocals, yet they also fit with her lyrics‚ emotional turmoil. … Tunes like “My Career in Chemistry”‚ “Little Plastic Life,” “Watching Out of This World” and the title track shine brightly through Phillips’s set of stormy, heartaching songs.

Thanks, Josh Hurst, for the link!

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