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Phillips revitalizes the "Beatlesque" category with substantial songwriting and a woman's voice, which turns the whole sound upside down. The Beatles hardly exhausted the possibilities of their late-'60s sound, and Phillips has the hooks and aphorisms to give that sound a second lease on life.
No one in Anglo-American pop does it better. Cash is the Billie Holiday of country singers. Her translucent voice projects such resilient strength that the listener's reaction is not pity but gratitude for the confidence.