The Indescribable Wow

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The Indescribable Wow
Studio album by Sam Phillips
Released 1988
Recorded Ocean Way Recorders
(Los Angeles, California)
Sunset Sound Factory
(Hollywood, California)
Genre Folk rock
Label Virgin
Producer T-Bone Burnett
Sam Phillips chronology
The Indescribable Wow
Cruel Inventions

The Indescribable Wow is the fifth (studio) album from American singer-songwriter Sam Phillips. It is her first album for Virgin Records and her first album she released after switching her style from Christian pop to secular Alternative rock and using the name Sam rather than Leslie. Its first single "Holding On to the Earth" peaked at No. 22 on the Billboard Modern Rock Tracks chart in early 1989.[1]


Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4/5 stars[2]

The Indescribable Wow was well received on its release. In Rolling Stone the reviewer said, "Phillips is a major talent, with great rewards to offer"[3] while Allmusic states that the album's music is "timeless".[2]

Track listing[edit]

All songs by Sam Phillips, except "Holding On to the Earth" and "She Can't Tell Time" by Sam Phillips and T-Bone Burnett.

  1. "I Don't Want to Fall In Love" – 2:54
  2. "I Don't Know How to Say Goodbye to You" – 3:19
  3. "Flame" – 2:35
  4. "Remorse" – 3:43
  5. "What Do I Do" – 3:58
  6. "I Can't Stop Crying" – 3:21
  7. "Holding On to the Earth" – 3:02
  8. "She Can't Tell Time"– 3:58
  9. "What You Don't Want to Hear" – 3:05
  10. "Out of Time" – 4:24


Production notes[edit]


  1. ^ The Indescribable Wow - Sam Phillips > Charts & Awards > Billboard Singles at AllMusic. Retrieved 29 June 2009.
  2. ^ a b Ankeny, Jason. The Indescribable Wow at AllMusic. Retrieved 1 September 2011.
  3. ^ Guterman, Jimmy (August 25, 1988). "Sam Phillips The Indesribable Wow > Album Review". Rolling Stone (533). Archived from the original on 24 March 2010. Retrieved 1 September 2011.