Cruel Inventions

Cruel Inventions

by Sam Phillips
     
 
With her inimitable style, considerable talent, and producer/husband T-Bone Burnett once again in tow, Sam Phillips adds a fabulous notch to her musical belt with Cruel Inventions. Staying the course toward the lofty goals introduced in her previous releases, Phillips deftly folds her political inclinations into spiritual ruminations of life as she sees it,

Overview

With her inimitable style, considerable talent, and producer/husband T-Bone Burnett once again in tow, Sam Phillips adds a fabulous notch to her musical belt with Cruel Inventions. Staying the course toward the lofty goals introduced in her previous releases, Phillips deftly folds her political inclinations into spiritual ruminations of life as she sees it, creating ten original compositions that will please anyone interested in tunes of truth. Phillips' strong suit lies in her outstanding ability to spin clever phrases and wrap her slightly quirky voice around accessible pop melodies -- kind of like the spoonful of sugar that helps the medicine go down. From that launching pad, Burnett sets off the sonic experimentation with full force: percussion, drums, and grooves leading the pack. The greatness of Burnett as a producer is found in his timelessness, for even when he colors outside the lines, he doesn't date himself or the product, a craft that allows his records to stand strong through the years. Musically, lyrically, and emotionally, Cruel Inventions is as steady as a stream. Not many records can boast such smooth consistency. A few of the songs, however, do merit special mention. Be sure to take note of the title track, "Lying," "Private Storm," and "Raised on Promises," which was featured in the opening scenes of Ruby in Paradise starring Ashley Judd. With just one listen, fans of artists such as Natalie Merchant, R.E.M., and Elvis Costello will surely find a heroine in Phillips.

Product Details

Release Date:
06/29/1992
Label:
Virgin Records Us
UPC:
0077778621324
catalogNumber:
86213

Tracks

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Sam Phillips   Primary Artist,Organ,Guitar,Vocals,chamberlain
Sandy Bull   Drums,Ud
Elvis Costello   Guitar
Van Dyke Parks   Strings,Drums,chamberlain
Marc Ribot   Guitar
Sid Page   Violin
John Acevedo   Viola
Alex Acuña   Percussion,Drums
Michael Blair   Percussion,Drums
T Bone Burnett   Organ,Guitar,chamberlain
Larry Corbett   Cello
Mickey Curry   Percussion,Drums
Joel Derouin   Violin
Ralph Forbes   Percussion,Drums
Jim Goodwin   Piano
David Kemper   Percussion,Drums
Scott Musick   Percussion,Drums
Jerry Scheff   Bass

Technical Credits

Van Dyke Parks   Arranger,String Arrangements
Tchad Blake   Engineer
T Bone Burnett   Producer
Kevin Killen   Engineer
Rik Pekkonen   Engineer
Joe Schiff   Engineer
Stacy Baird   Engineer
Melanie Nissen   Art Direction

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