The Buzz

Reviews  - part 2

"Wild Horses, is great - no doubt about it."
"When this lady sings, you better listen. Randy Philip's third album, Wild Horses, is great - no doubt about it. Pop the CD in your car or your home stereo and you'll know what I'm talking about. The selection of songs on this album will definitely take you for a ride. Regardless of what mood you're in this album is for you, because as the magic unfolds, it will take you wherever your imagination allows. 

Philips takes you along with her as she embarks on her own personal journey from tranquility to a full on sound that will definitely keep you moving! Each song in Wild Horses represents a different phase of the personal experience. Definitely check out tracks 2, 8, and 7. The lyrics delicately reflect the thoughts of a woman who knows herself well. Above all else, Randy's vocals make this album irresistible. 

At a time when the industry sometimes confuses the meaning of good music by how many albums is sold, Wild Horses proves that quality still prevails. Backed by some of San Diego's top musicians, Wild Horses can definitely share shelves with the best of them." - Staff Writer Victoria Joven"

"Even a jaded listener is going to find some real gems here."
"A singer-songwriter with a difference, Randy Phillips 5th album, "Wild Horses" will delight long time fans, while impressing anyone who is discovering her music for the first time. Her sound can be a bit hard to pigeonhole, though to be certain there is acoustic pop, along with folk and country touches, as well as jazz flourishes. 

Without hesitation, I can say this is her best effort yet. It's a particularly strong selection of songs, from start to finish, with something here for just about any mood. Reflective ballads don't come much more introspective or drenched in melody than "Grace and Gravity", while opener "Eye Of The Hurricane", is a rousing, sing-a-long rocker, made for playing loud - and there's ten more tunes here just as good. Even a jaded listener is going to find some real gems here. "Wild Horses" is full of magic moments that show off the album's warm, lush production. To be sure there is fantastic instrumentation on these hook filled tunes, from such notables as guitarist Peter Sprague, bassist Kevin Hennessy and multi-instrumentalist Dennis Caplinger, and the arrangements are sterling, with lots of little flourishes that show a real devotion to song craft. Take "Soldier" for example. 

Check the vocal arrangement at :53 and especially at 2:26. Somewhere between Brian Wilson and early Kate Bush, circa "Lord Of The Reedy River", all in a less than 10 second passage. And keep in mind this is a mid-tempo fiddle driven acoustic number. Then there's that killer guitar solo, plus tempo changes. It's a marvelously eclectic and engrossing sound. Maybe it's the little things, like the guitar passage in the title track at 1:27. Or how well the sequencing works. But when that spice is added to Randy Phillips wonderful voice, and the dozen enchanting, well-crafted songs here, you have an album that truly deserves to be heard by the masses."  - Bart Mendoza, San Diego Union-Tribune 


Reviews for "Kicking a hole in the Sky"  
"the perfect companion for days of quiet reflection and musical travels."
"Randy Phillips has issued a very fine collection of songs on her new CD Kicking a hole in the Sky, -- I was especially taken by the first song, When Your Love Has Gone Away and transported to a long, lazy summer day. Phillips was wise in her choice of producer Peter Sprague not only lends his arrangements and expertise as recording engineer, but several songs employ his sweet, melodic guitar work. Sprague may be a monster jazz musician, but he moves easily into folk music and deftly enhances what is already there. The result is an enjoyable body of well-crafted songs and sparse but very tasteful arrangements. This CD would be the perfect companion for days of quiet reflection and musical travels."  - Deborah Liv Johnson, Mojave Sun Records"

"a purity of sound that I find very refreshing"
"I find her new record to be very melodic and calming to the soul; both admirable qualities. I think Randy Phillips has come up with an interesting blend of folk and a certain country sound that has originality and sensitivity. Theres an organic quality to her music and a purity of sound that I find very refreshing."  - Charles McPherson, International Jazz Musician

"ability to reveal to us the subtle inner workings of the human soul"
"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."  - Peter Sprague, Record Producer/Recording Artist

Reviews for "Full Moon's Daughter"   
"thought provoking"
"With it's poetic, thought provoking lyrics and lush melodic arrangements Randy Phillips "Full Moon's Daughter" is a delightful listening experience."  - Peggy Watson singer/songwriter, Recording Artist

"Listen and Enjoy."
"Randy's songs are sensitive and heartfelt. Though different from what I usually do, I found the music interesting and playing on the song 'Where Time Stands Still' was truly a fun experience for me. Peter Sprague's involvement as producer and musician were invaluable. Listen and Enjoy."  - Charles McPherson, International Jazz Musician

San Diego Reader:  Patch Adams: The Musical
"Every time I watch this movie, it grabs me by the throat and won't let me go."


"Poetry-drenched, lyric-oriented folk jazz" is how Randy Phillips describes her music. "With a little Joni [Mitchell] and Ani [DiFranco] via Sarah McLachlan and Mary Chapin Carpenter."  - By Jay Allen Sanford, Published April 13, 2006, San Diego Reader

 The 1976 SDSU graduate (with a degree in sociology) used to sing songs to runaway adolescents while she was counseling at a residential treatment program called "the Bridge." She found a similarly receptive audience while serving as director of psychosocial services at San Diego Hospice, where she used her form of music therapy to comfort not only terminally ill patients but also family members and fellow staffers.

Patch Adams: The Musical? Yeah, she's socially conscious. But keep in mind that it takes one cheeky monkey to add your own lyrics and vocals to a Pat Metheny instrumental, and that's exactly what Phillips does on her 2005 CD True Stories I Made Up. Not one, but three Metheny tunes are interpreted on this CD, which also features guest appearances by local guitarist Peter Sprague and bassist Bob Magnusson. Check it out for yourself at VioletStarRecords.com or see her at Rebecca's Coffeehouse in South Park on Friday, April 14.

WHAT'S IN YOUR CD PLAYER?


  1. Death Cab for Cutie, Transatlanticism ("The song 'Title and Registration' free-associates about renaming the glove compartment in a car because no one keeps gloves in there. It just slays me.")
  2.  Mark Knopfler, Shangri-La ("This guy paints images like no one else, and the way he expresses his wit and humor through his music and world-weary voice always entrances me.")
  3. Patti Scialfa, 23rd Street Lullaby ("Not as well known as her husband Bruce Springsteen, but her writing is so soulful and honest.")
  4. Emersen, Radiowaste ("This is guitarist Daniel Crawford's band. I really dig their sound and style.")

DESERT ISLAND DVDs?

  1.  When Harry Met Sally and You've Got Mail ("Just gotta love well-crafted, clever romantic comedies you can watch over and over.")
  2. The Shawshank Redemption ("Every time I watch this movie, it just grabs me by the throat and won't let me go.")
  3. Enchanted April ("I love how this quiet little movie reminds me that there is a circuit of awakening energy running through the core of things, and if I can just get myself out of the way a little bit, it has a chance to work on the heart.")


BEST COVER SONGS? 
"I would have to say all that fabulous old Motown stuff that the Funk Brothers created and lots of folks have covered. But to be more specific, in a different genre, Eva Cassidy's cover of Sting's 'Fields of Gold' stops me dead in my tracks every time."

BEATLES OR STONES?
"Truly, I appreciate the Stones' spirit, but you just can't beat the Beatles for melody, harmony, and sing-along lyrics. Beatles rule!"

WORST SINGER?
"How did that guy from the Violent Femmes [Gordon Gano] ever get a recording contract? He can't hit a note to save his life."

SOMETHING ABOUT YOU FEW WOULD KNOW OR GUESS?

"I am hopelessly addicted to the TV shows West Wing and Project Runway, sour Gummi worms, and if I don't have very strong, sweet coffee in the morning and late afternoon every day, I get pretty darned cranky."