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Liz Phair (Clean)
Genres: Alternative Rock, Folk, Pop, Rock
Eponymous albums are usually either debuts or the work of musicians trying to introduce themselves to a new audience. Count Liz Phair among the latter. It?s Phair's fourth studio album, but her first since 1998, and it's a... more »
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Eponymous albums are usually either debuts or the work of musicians trying to introduce themselves to a new audience. Count Liz Phair among the latter. It?s Phair's fourth studio album, but her first since 1998, and it's a long way from the arty, low-fi sound that marked her true full-length debut, 1993's Exile in Guyville. Phair has developed into a considerably more confident singer, while her songs and the production they receive here are as slick and radio-friendly as anything by, say, Avril Lavigne. That?s no surprise, since Lavigne's production team, the Matrix, produced many of the tracks here. (The rest are helmed by LA rock stalwarts Michael Penn and Pete Yorn producer R. Walt Vincent.) Sex is still Phair's primary subject, whether it?s comparing a lover to a comfortable pair of old underwear ("Favorite") or asking a much younger man to "Rock Me" all night long. The only time Phair lets the cheery facade crack a bit is on "Little Digger," on which Phair tries to explain to her young son why the man she's currently dating is not the boy's father. Who could've guessed that even the freest, best-protected sex could have such far-reaching, unintended consequences? --Keith Moerer
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D. Bence | 08/05/2003
(5 out of 5 stars)
"The review in the NY Times for this CD read like a letter from a kid in junior high to the person who just broke up with them. This is a great album and I'm glad Liz has decided to shake free of the we're-so-cool snobbery that pollutes the indie music scene. I'm surprised that people can take such offense from an individual making artistic and business decisions that serve her own best interests. The indignant reaction is likened to the way people got all huffy when the Dixie Chick's singer criticized Bush. If Liz Phair buys into this criticism, she'll be selling out. At this point, she's doing what she wants to do by kicking off the dreary dust of artistic martyrdom and trying to make some cash. Liberate Liz; buy this disc!"
Rough Stone Polished
China Blue | 07/02/2003
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I've always loved Liz Phair, always thought she was a diamond in the rough. The garage band production values are mostly missing from this CD-but not the Liz Phair edge. It says a lot that, even without the dirty sonics, she's as subversive as ever. The polished diamond is still razor sharp. This CD will probably take her mainstream with lots of radio play. She cleans up real nice. I hope it makes her filthy rich."
Go For the Explicit Version
D. Bence | LA, CA | 07/21/2005
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Though this is a rock solid pop album with excellent songs, it is hard to have the entire experience of a Liz Phair record that has been edited. While there are some awesome tracks- namely "Extraordinary" and "Rock Me" which need not be edited, overall the explicit record is a more complete experience and the way this record was intended to be listened to."