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rnrnNext to Amy Grant, Sam Phillips may very well be the best example of a Christian female pop-rocker successfully making the transition from Christian to secular audiences in the 1980s. When The Turning first came out on Myrrh in 1987, Phillips was still going by the name Leslie and was being marketed primarily as a Christian singer. But when DCC reissued this album on CD ten years later, the label went with the name for which she was best known, Sam Phillips. In 1987, she sort of sounded like a cross between Grant and the Go-Gos. Musically, it\'s hard not to overlook the parallels between "Love Is Not Lost," "Beating Heart" and other appealing tunes that draw on the 1960s girl-group sound in a Go-Gos-ish fashion. But lyrically, Phillips\' songs speak of a search for meaning and purpose that has a lot more in common with Grant — or, for that matter, Bono & U2. Although Phillips is coming from a Christian perspective, her lyrics are neither offputting nor exclusionary. Even if you\'re firmly committed to Judaism, Hinduism or Islam, you can relate to the spiritual message of "Answers Don\'t Come Easy" and "River of Love." Those who discovered Phillips with Cruel Inventions or Martinis & Bikinis would do well to go back and acquire this superb album. rnrn4 Starsrnrn- allmusicguidernrn
rnrnOriginally issued under the name Leslie Phillips (this intriguing singer-songwriter\'s given name--the one that earned her a large Christian following in the mid \'80s), this 1987 title is aptly named. The Turning has one foot in Phillips\'s devotional-music past and the other in her secular future. The Southern Californian wasn\'t interested in abandoning her beliefs during this transitional phase; rather, she was disenchanted with the more doctrinaire elements of the Christian-music industry. Thus, songs that would\'ve fit on her earliest recordings ("God Is Watching You," "Answers Don\'t Come Easy") mingle with idiosyncratic pop songs. This 10-song set marks Phillips\'s first collaboration with her future husband, T Bone Burnett, who contributes suitably adventurous production (listen to the Buddy Holly-inspired minimalism of "Libera Me" and the lovely "River of Love." The Turning isn\'t quite on a par with Phillips\'s ensuing albums on Virgin, but it\'s nevertheless a striking step forward by an artist ascending.rnrn- amazon.comrnrnrnrnArtist: Sam PhillipsrnAlbum: The TurningrnDate Of Release: 1987rnGenre: Indie Pop, Folk Rock, ChristianrnBitrate: VBR --alt-preset extreme