San Diego Troubadour: Randy Phillips, True Stories I Made Up Reviewed by Craig Yerkes, January, 2006
Listening to "True Stories I Made Up," the latest release from Randy Phillips, I felt like I had taken a seat at a friendly, beach side coffeehouse at sundown. The good vibes permeate this disc as it skips between different musical genres, and the glue that keeps it all together is the musical synergy between Randy Phillips and her all-around musical partner, Peter Sprague.
Of the Phillips-Sprague collaborations, the track that comes together with the most pleasing end result is "Tumbling Into Blue," a tasty Latin jazz tune that simply floats out of the speakers like a summer breeze. The breathy, soulful lead vocal and the stellar nylon string guitar work on "Tumbling Into Blue" make for an intoxicating combination from two seasoned talents who have clearly learned how to play off each other to full effect.
I was surprised and intrigued to see that there are a few tunes on this recording that feature lyrics by Randy Phillips set to music by Pat Metheny. Of these Metheny-based tunes, the one that works best is "Farmers' Trust," which seamlessly weaves the lead vocal and heartfelt lyrics into the music.
"Could It Be You," featuring some great lead vocals and fiddle playing from Gabe Witcher, is the strongest of the country/pop flavored offerings with its wonderfully romantic lyrics and melodic hooks. If this song hasn't been shopped to the country music machine in Nashville, it should be.
My only gripe with this CD is that a few of the tracks are more dark and/or bitter than I think Phillips can effectively pull off. For instance, "All About You" (which features a killer jazz guitar solo) is a fairly stern rebuke written to a self-centered lover, but somehow there is still sweetness and light in the lead vocal, making the end result a bit like what it might sound like if Mr. Rogers were trying his best to scold a child. I suppose this could be classified as a backhanded compliment and the point is that the more positive offerings on this recording seemed to ring more true.
Randy Phillips and company have created a warm and inviting musical sanctuary with "True Stories I Made Up" and I highly suggest pullling up a chair at this particular seaside coffeehouse.
1. Light Your Heart
2. Too Far Down
3. It's All About You
4. Change of Heart
5. Tumbling into Blue
6. Around the Bend
7. Question & Answer
8. Could It Be You?
9. True Story I Made Up
10. Farmer's Trust
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"One of the most powerful qualities that music holds is its ability to reveal to us the subtle inner workings of the human soul. Through Randy Phillips voice, music and lyrics we learn something about ourselves. The journey is a delightful one. She is a true artist."
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Reviews for "Wild Horses"
"This is a great Album! (5 stars, CD Baby)"
"The music on this album Wild Horses by Randy Phillips is wonderful music. The lyrics are taunting and lyrics are heartfelt.The music is haunting and rhythmic.The music on this album is unique and is a nice blend of folksy pop music with more of a leaning towards folk. I found the album by accident by typing in "wild horses" in the album search window of napster and am very glad to have found this artist. Because I like the music so much I have bought this album as a gift for three different friends who like country music and they rave about this album. The Wild Horses track especially is a piece that tugs on your heartstrings and makes you want to listen to it over and over" - Eileen in Olympia, WA