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Sam Phillips has been at this for a long time; a singer-songwriter who knows the value of taking the time to craft her work to a fine polish. On Push Any Button, her latest effort, she does just that. This acoustic guitar-driven album has an understated production that at moments, feels claustrophobic, but it works to a successful effect. And her voice is pleasing and alluring.

“Pretty Time Bomb” is a nifty, catchy pop opener; “All Over Me” is a hypnotic, sultry and brassy track. “When I’m Alone” chugs along nicely with tight harmonies and good melodic structure. “Things I Shouldn’t Have Told You” is the album’s highlight – it almost reminds me of the Brian Jonestown Massacre (!); a strong, dramatic track. “You Know I Won’t” is a countrified motor with a sing-song feel. “No Time Like Now” is another highlight; a warm, well-delivered piece.

All in all, a fine album – something to enjoy as the colder evenings come rolling in.

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Rob Ross

Rob Ross has been, for good, bad or indifferent, involved in the music industry for over 30 years - first as guitarist/singer/songwriter with The Punch Line, then as freelance journalist, producer and manager to working for independent and major record labels. He resides in Staten Island, New York with his wife and cats; he works out a lot, reads voraciously, loves Big Star and his orange Gretsch. Doesn't that make him neat?

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