Cruel Inventions

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Cruel Inventions
CruelInventions.jpg
Studio album by
ReleasedMay 28, 1991 (1991-05-28)
Studio
Genre Alternative rock
Length36:19
Label Virgin
Producer T Bone Burnett
Sam Phillips chronology
The Indescribable Wow
(1988)
Cruel Inventions
(1991)
Martinis & Bikinis
(1994)

Cruel Inventions is the sixth studio album by American singer and songwriter Sam Phillips.

Sam Phillips (musician) American singer

Sam Phillips is an American singer-songwriter. She began her career in the contemporary Christian music industry but, uncomfortable with that image and industry, she re-branded herself as "Sam"—transitioning into the mainstream market after meeting producer T Bone Burnett. Her albums include the critically acclaimed Martinis & Bikinis in 1994 and Fan Dance in 2001. She has also composed scores for the television shows Gilmore Girls and Bunheads.

Contents

Critical reception

Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic Star full.svgStar full.svgStar full.svgStar half.svgStar empty.svg [1]
Chicago Tribune Star full.svgStar full.svgStar full.svgStar half.svg [2]
Christgau's Consumer Guide Scissors icon black.svg [3]
Encyclopedia of Popular Music Star full.svgStar full.svgStar full.svgStar empty.svgStar empty.svg [4]
Entertainment Weekly A [5]

Cruel Inventions received mostly favorable reviews from critics. At Entertainment Weekly magazine, David Browne gave the album an A, writing that it "...is fraught with both beauty and tension, making it one of the year's most beguiling records." [5] Browne named it his sixth favorite album of 1991. [6]

<i>Entertainment Weekly</i> American entertainment magazine published by Meredith Corporation

Entertainment Weekly is an American magazine, published by Meredith Corporation, that covers film, television, music, Broadway theatre, books and popular culture.

David Browne is an American journalist and author. He is currently a senior writer at Rolling Stone, where he has been a contributor since 2008. He was the resident music critic at Entertainment Weekly between 1990 and 2006. He was an editor at Music & Sound Output magazine and a music critic at the New York Daily News before EW. He has written articles for a variety of publications including: the New York Times, Spin, New Republic and Time. He is the author of six books: Dream Brother: The Lives and Music of Jeff and Tim Buckley a dual father/son biography of musicians Jeff Buckley and Tim Buckley; Amped: How Big Air, Big Dollars and a New Generation Took Sports to the Extreme, a history of extreme sports; Goodbye 20th Century: A Biography of Sonic Youth ; Fire and Rain: The Beatles, Simon & Garfunkel, James Taylor, CSNY and the Lost Story of 1970 ; So Many Roads: The Life and Times of the Grateful Dead ; and, most recently, Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young: The Wild, Definitive Saga of Rock's Greatest Supergroup , which received a starred review in Kirkus and was included in the Summer Reading issue of The New York Times in May 2019. Browne was born and raised in New Jersey and attended New York University, where he received a bachelor's degree in journalism, with a minor in music. He lives in Manhattan.

Track listing

All tracks written by Sam Phillips.

No.TitleLength
1."Lying"3:52
2."Go Down"3:38
3."Cruel Inventions"3:00
4."Standing Still"3:10
5."Tripping Over Gravity"5:21
6."Now I Can't Find the Door"3:36
7."Private Storm"4:10
8."Raised on Promises"3:11
9."Hole in Time"3:19
10."Where the Colors Don't Go"3:02

Personnel

Chamberlin Keyboard instrument

The Chamberlin is an electro-mechanical keyboard instrument that was a precursor to the Mellotron. It was developed and patented by Wisconsin inventor Harry Chamberlin from 1949 to 1956, when the first model was introduced. Various models and versions of these Chamberlin music instruments exist. While most are keyboard-based instruments, there were also early drum machines produced and sold. Some of these drum patterns feature the work of Chamberlin's son Richard on them.

T Bone Burnett American musician

Joseph Henry "T Bone" Burnett III is an American record producer, musician, and songwriter. Burnett rose to fame as a guitarist in Bob Dylan's band during the 1970s. He has received multiple Grammy awards for his work in film music, including for O Brother, Where Art Thou? (2000) Cold Mountain (2004), Walk the Line (2006), and Crazy Heart (2010); and won another Grammy for producing the studio album Raising Sand (2007), in which he united the contemporary bluegrass of Alison Krauss with the blues rock of Robert Plant.

Elvis Costello English singer-songwriter

Declan Patrick MacManus, OBE, better known by his stage name Elvis Costello, is an English pop/rock musician, singer, songwriter, composer, record producer, author, television presenter, and occasional actor.

Production

Tchad Blake is an American record producer, audio engineer, mixer and musician.

Kevin Killen is a music producer, engineer, and mixer. His work has been recognized by multiple awards and nominations, and he has worked with a range of recording artists including Shakira, Peter Gabriel, U2, David Bowie, Elvis Costello, Tori Amos, Kate Bush, Jewel, Bon Jovi and Shawn Colvin.

Bob Ludwig American audio mastering engineer

Robert C. Ludwig is an American mastering engineer. He has mastered recordings on all the major recording formats for all the major record labels, and on projects by more than 1,300 artists including Led Zeppelin, Queen, Jimi Hendrix, Frank Ocean, Bryan Ferry, Paul McCartney, Nirvana, Bruce Springsteen and Daft Punk resulting in over 3,000 credits. He is the recipient of numerous Grammy and TEC Awards.

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References

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  2. Kot, Greg (27 June 1991). "Sam Phillips Cruel Inventions (Virgin)". Chicago Tribune . Retrieved 9 July 2014.
  3. Christgau, Robert (2000-10-15). "Sam Phillips: Cruel Inventions". Christgau's Consumer Guide: Albums of the '90s . Macmillan Publishing. ISBN   9780312245603.
  4. Larkin, Colin (2006). The encyclopedia of popular music: Indexes. Oxford University Press. p. 522. ISBN   9780195313734.
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  6. "1991's best (and worst) music". Entertainment Weekly. 1991-12-27.
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