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Omnipop (It's Only A Flesh Wound Lambchop)
Genres: Pop, Rock, Christian
The dark, thudding opener "Entertainmen" is one of Phillips's most intriguing songs. Thereafter things get wonky as Phillips and her cohorts (Marc Ribot, husband T-Bone Burnett, Jerry Scheff, and others) let their experime... more »
The dark, thudding opener "Entertainmen" is one of Phillips's most intriguing songs. Thereafter things get wonky as Phillips and her cohorts (Marc Ribot, husband T-Bone Burnett, Jerry Scheff, and others) let their experimental urges run free on songs that are a little too clever and complex for most listeners. A disappointment after 1991's near-perfect Cruel Inventions. --Jeff Bateman
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Jim & Sue C. (JimC) from CARROLLTON, IL
Reviewed on 1/14/2011...
OK, isn't this Sam Phillips or someone? Why does the title say R.E.M.?
1 of 2 member(s) found this review helpful.
A Major Disappointment
Chuck Limmer | Glendale, AZ USA | 12/20/2000
(2 out of 5 stars)
"Some background: I've bought and loved all of Sam's prior secular releases, beginning with THE INDESCRIBABLE WOW (which I recently listed among my Top 20 Albums of the '80s in an on-line poll). I even enjoyed some of her prior Christian recordings as Leslie Phillips. I've paid good money to see her perform live. Over the years, I've raved about her smart, melodic, beautifully-sung pop rock to anyone who would listen. I have been, in other words, a fan.I couldn't stand this album.I really tried. Listened to it straight through; put it in the changer on random with her other discs; shelved it and came back to it weeks later: nothing worked. After about six months, I gave up and traded it away.Quirky arrangements, oddball instrumentation, not an unaffected lead vocal line to be heard anywhere. Worst of all, the classic pop melodies 'n hooks that informed all her previous work had pretty much disappeared.If you only want an overview of Sam's career, last year's compilation ZERO ZERO ZERO is probably the way to go; it includes a couple of cuts from OMNIPOP, which will give you an idea of what you're (not) missing. A better investment would be any/all of her three prior secular albums, INDESCRIBABLE WOW, CRUEL INVENTIONS, and MARTINIS & BIKINIS. Avoid this one, though--and join me in hoping for Sam's return to form in the not-too-distant future."
Very Interesting Music...
Batmanbrb | Seymour, IN United States | 06/20/2003
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Sam Phillips remains a highly praised artist by critics, but woefully under-supported by the masses. She intentionally flips back and forth between 'commercial' releases and then 'experimental and artistic' releases. Her debut "Indescribable Wow" was a commercial release, which contained some of the best pop songs every written. Then, she took an experimental and artistic turn with the gem "Cruel Inventions". Then, she came back with the commercial "Martinis and Bikinis", so now we are back to the 'experimental and artistic' with Omnipop. This CD is way out in left field and themes mostly on sexuality and it really works. My favorite cuts are the first song, which to me, is one of her best. She took the word 'entertainment' and left off the 't' on the end and look what you got: "Entertain-men", which is the focus of this song - how life can sometimes revolve around what entertains men, especially where women are concerned. Is it just me or does Sam's voice sound so incredibly sexy when she sings "Watch me... Watch me... Ahhhhh.... Oh let me by your TV, AAHHHHH"!?!? I love the freshness and artsy-ness of "Plastic is Forever". I absolutely loved the sexy and jazzy "Help Yourself". Die-hard fans will find "Power World" a familiar Sam Phillip's trademark. You can always count on Sam to never sound the same, and this one is her most intriguing release to date."