Fan Dance

Nonesuch 79625

Nonesuch 79625

Sam Phillips' first studio recording in five years (and her first for Nonesuch) will likely surprise those who initially discovered the singer/songwriter via 1994's Grammy-nominated Martinis and Bikinis (Music to My Ears, Billboard, Jan. 22, 1994) or 1996's musically anxious Omnipop. And that's for good reason: Fan Dance finds Phillips and husband/ producer T-Bone Burnett bidding farewell to the elaborate soundscapes of past productions and opening their arms to all things intimate. Some may find the subtle Fan Dance too unadorned, but its quiet beauty holds real strength. Those who spend more time with the disc will surely revel in its multi-hued, painterly qualities. Among the highlights are "Soul Eclipse" (with avant-jazzman Marc Ribot on guitar) and the string-laden "Wasting My Time" (arranged by studio guru Van Dyke Parks).—MP