Exile in Guyville [Explicit Lyrics]

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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
If Exile in Guyville is shockingly assured and fully formed for a debut album, there are a number of reasons why. Most prominent of these is that many of the songs were initially essayed on Liz Phair's homemade cassette Girlysound, which means that the songs are essentially the cream of the crop from an exceptionally talented songwriter. Second, there's its structure, infamously patterned after the Stones' Exile on Main St., but not the song-by-song response Phair promoted it as. Just try to match the albums up: is the "blow-job queen" fantasy of "Flower" really the answer to the painful elegy "Let It Loose"? Then, most notably, there's Phair and producer Brad ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
If Exile in Guyville is shockingly assured and fully formed for a debut album, there are a number of reasons why. Most prominent of these is that many of the songs were initially essayed on Liz Phair's homemade cassette Girlysound, which means that the songs are essentially the cream of the crop from an exceptionally talented songwriter. Second, there's its structure, infamously patterned after the Stones' Exile on Main St., but not the song-by-song response Phair promoted it as. Just try to match the albums up: is the "blow-job queen" fantasy of "Flower" really the answer to the painful elegy "Let It Loose"? Then, most notably, there's Phair and producer Brad Wood's deft studio skills, bringing a variety of textures and moods to a basic, lo-fi production. There is as much hard rock as there are eerie solo piano pieces, and there's everything in between from unadulterated power pop, winking art rock, folk songs, and classic indie rock. Then, there are Phair's songs themselves. At the time, her gleefully profane, clever lyrics received endless attention there's nothing that rock critics love more than a girl who plays into their geek fantasies, even -- or maybe especially -- if she's mocking them, but years later, what still astounds is the depth of the writing, how her music matches her clear-eyed, vivid words, whether it's on the self-loathing "Fuck and Run," the evocative mood piece "Stratford-on-Guy," or the swaggering breakup anthem "6'1," or how she nails the dissolution of a long-term relationship on "The Divorce Song." Each of these 18 songs maintains this high level of quality, showcasing a singer/songwriter of immense imagination, musically and lyrically. If she never equaled this record, well, few could.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 12/21/1999
  • Label: Capitol
  • UPC: 724352322749
  • Catalog Number: 23227

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 6'1" (3:06)
  2. 2 Help Me Mary (2:16)
  3. 3 Glory (1:29)
  4. 4 Dance of the Seven Veils (2:29)
  5. 5 Never Said (3:16)
  6. 6 Soap Star Joe (2:44)
  7. 7 Explain It to Me (3:11)
  8. 8 Canary (3:19)
  9. 9 Mesmerizing (3:55)
  10. 10 Fuck and Run (3:07)
  11. 11 Girls, Girls, Girls (2:20)
  12. 12 Divorce Song (3:20)
  13. 13 Shatter (5:28)
  14. 14 Flower (2:03)
  15. 15 Johnny Sunshine (3:27)
  16. 16 Gunshy (3:15)
  17. 17 Stratford-On-Guy (2:59)
  18. 18 Strange Loop (3:56)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Liz Phair Primary Artist, Primary Artist, Guitar, Vocals
Brad Wood Organ, Synthesizer, Bass, Guitar, Percussion, Bongos, Drums, Background Vocals, Drones
Casey Rice Guitar, Cymbals, Background Vocals, Hand Clapping
Technical Credits
Liz Phair Arranger, Producer
Brad Wood Producer, Engineer, Feedback
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Starving Artist makes an amazing break through with her 1993 outstading release of Exile In Guyville.

    Does the title Exile in Guyville ring a bell? If it does that is purposefull, Chicago's Liz Phair a former charcoal artist makes an amazing break through with her indie's rock abulm Exile in Guyville. This CD is rated as the 15th best female rock CD ever and Liz has receaved praise by the Rolling Stones magazine for her outstanding, outspoken and honest lyrics. Rolling Stones raves Liz as "A new Rock and Roll Star is Born" in 1994. Her lyrics are appealing for all feministic females, artistic souls, clever minds, or anyone who is curious about the fantasies that are generated with in the females mind. This CD is sexy with lyrics such as "Your face reminds me of a flower, kind of like your under water. Hair's to long and in your eyes, your lips a perfect suck me size." of flower aswell it shows just how complex a person can be because the song "Explain It To Me" focuses on telling people to work up to their full potential. If you love rock, are clever or enjoy anyother of Phair's CD you will no doubtfully love Exile in Guyville.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    A Feminist Classic

    Liz Phair defines postmodernist feminism on her critically acclaimed debut. She breaks hearts, the status quo and most importantly musical boundaries. A must have for any woman or man craving insight to the female psyche.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    One of the best albums of all time

    I must admit that I enjoy both old and new Liz. If it weren't for the new, I'd never have known about this masterpiece. Liz Phair writes such candid songs that everyone can identify with something she says. We get a small glimpse of who she is through the album. The songs have an excellent flow, and couldn't be sung by anyone else.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Indie Grrrl Rock!

    This is one of the greatest albums out there. It's very unique and the songs are very catchy once you get used to hearing them. This is definitly one to pick up.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    a lo-fi masterpiece

    Before Liz Phair was blonde and singing "why can't i?", she was the indie/lo-fi queen. These lyrics usually center around the double standard that if a woman is sexual, than she is a slut. Like in "girls! girls! girls!", she whispers "i take full advantage of every man i meet...i get away almost every day with what the girls call murder"...almost as if mocking the gossip about her. She also talks about the generation gap between parents and children and her divorce. This album is beautiful, no skippable songs...a lof-fi masterpiece.

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    Posted November 22, 2009

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