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Exile In Guyville (15th Anniversary Edition)
     

Exile In Guyville (15th Anniversary Edition)

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by Liz Phair
 

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With her fresh-faced charm and college-educated book-smartness, Liz Phair looks like the kind of girl that could easily be brought home to meet Mom. Until she opens her mouth, that is. Phair caused a sensation with her sexually frank and provocative lyrics on her 1993 debut, Exile in Guyville. In "Flower," she calls herself "your blow job queen" and promises to

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With her fresh-faced charm and college-educated book-smartness, Liz Phair looks like the kind of girl that could easily be brought home to meet Mom. Until she opens her mouth, that is. Phair caused a sensation with her sexually frank and provocative lyrics on her 1993 debut, Exile in Guyville. In "Flower," she calls herself "your blow job queen" and promises to "fuck you till your dick is blue." "Fuck and Run," the album's most compelling track, is a diatribe against guys who do just that. Still, Exile is noteworthy for far more than her dirty mind. Phair's 18 songs are smartly crafted and eloquent expressions of a young woman determined to be part riot grrrl, part pin-up girl, and part mainstream, upwardly mobile, urbane diva. Her vocals are still fairly uneven here, but she makes her points strongly.

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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. [The 2008 deluxe edition features three "unreleased B-sides": "Ant in Alaska," an acoustic, six-minute song that shares the clarity and honesty of the album's tracks, but not their focus; "Instrumental," a darker piece similar to "Shatter" or "Explain It to Me," minus the vocals; and "Say You," a reverb-drenched fake reggae novelty, complete with lazy sax solos. The real reason this reissue can be called deluxe is the documentary on its DVD, which works as a reunion of Chicago's indie rock luminaries from the '90s as much as it explores the making of Exile in Guyville and its impact on everyone involved. Interviews with producer Brad Wood, John Cusack, Steve Albini, Chris Brokaw, Ira Glass, Matador's Gerard Cosloy, and Urge Overkill's Blackie Onassis and Nash Kato are in-depth, rewarding, and revealing, offering surprises even to fans who are well-versed in Chicago's, and Phair's, mythology when Guyville was released.]

Product Details

Release Date:
06/24/2008
Label:
Ato Records
UPC:
0880882162726
catalogNumber:
21627

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Liz Phair   Primary Artist,Guitar,Piano,Vocals,Hand Clapping
Brad Wood   Organ,Synthesizer,Bass,Guitar,Percussion,Bongos,Drums,Maracas,Vocals,Background Vocals,Hand Clapping,Snare Drums,Drones
Casey Rice   Guitar,Cymbals,Background Vocals,Hand Clapping,Lead
Mark O.   Voices
Tony Marlotti   Bass

Technical Credits

Liz Phair   Arranger,Composer,Producer
Nash Kato   Cover Photo
Lyn Taitt   Composer
Brad Wood   Producer,Engineer,Feedback
Alan Light   Liner Notes

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Exile in Guyville 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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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