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.