The Indescribable Wow

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The Indescribable Wow
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Studio album by
Released1988 (1988)
StudioOcean Way Recorders, Los Angeles; Sunset Sound Factory, Hollywood
GenrePop, rock
ProducerT Bone Burnett
Sam Phillips chronology
The Indescribable Wow
Cruel Inventions

The Indescribable Wow is the fifth studio album from American singer and songwriter Sam Phillips. It is her first album for Virgin Records and her first album she released after moving from Christian pop to secular alternative rock and using the name Sam rather than Leslie. The 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
AllMusic4/5 stars[2]

The Indescribable Wow was well received. 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 tracks written by name except where noted.

1."I Don't Want to Fall In Love"2:54
2."I Don't Know How to Say Goodbye to You"3:19
5."What Do I Do"3:58
6."I Can't Stop Crying"3:21
7."Holding On to the Earth" (Sam Phillips, T Bone Burnett)3:02
8."She Can't Tell Time"3:58
9."What You Don't Want to Hear" (Sam Phillips, T Bone Burnett)3:05
10."Out of Time"4:24



  • T Bone Burnett – producer
  • Rik Pekkonen – recording engineer
  • Mike Ross – assistant recording engineer
  • Tchad Blake – additional recording
  • Dave Knight – assistant engineer
  • Clif Norrell – assistant engineer
  • Brian Soucy – assistant engineer
  • Kevin Killen – mixing
  • Howie Weinberg – mastering


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