David Kennedy on Sam Phillips’ New Album

David Kennedy is rambling — no, raving! — about the new Sam Phillips album, Don’t Do Anything.

Longtime fans – small in number but fierce in loyalty – will no doubt furrow their brows in concern for their beloved singer when they hear Don’t Do Anything. If Boot was injected with intermittent optimism borne of fresh wounds, the new album has the sound of healed-over scar tissue. It’s by no means relentlessly dark, but it is often darkly comic.

… [T]o those for whom music – especially Phillips’ music – is a treasure held near and dear, Don’t Do Anything is yet another delicate miracle from an artist who is herself no small miracle.

My review will be in the next issue of Christianity Today. I was given much less space for my own rave, but my enthusiasm is just as strong as Kennedy’s.

Oh, by the way, NPR’s All Songs Considered features Sam Phillips today.

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About Jeffrey Overstreet

Jeffrey Overstreet has two passions: writing fiction, and celebrating art — music, cinema, photography, literature — through writing and teaching. He is the author of a “memoir of dangerous moviegoing” — Through a Screen Darkly. And his four-novel fantasy series, The Auralia Thread, which begins with Auralia's Colors, was published by Random House. He speaks at universities and conferences around the world about understanding art through eyes of faith. He is earning his MFA in Creative Writing at Seattle Pacific University, where he has worked for 11 years as an editor, writer, and communications project manager. His work has been recognized in The New Yorker, TIME, The Seattle Times, IMAGE, Ravi Zacharias International — and Christianity Today, where he served as a film journalist for more than a decade. He recently began a weekly column called "Listening Closer" for Christ and Pop Culture.


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