Exile In Guyville (15th Anniversary Edition)by Liz Phair
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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- Ato Records
Performance CreditsLiz 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 CreditsLiz Phair Arranger,Composer,Producer
Nash Kato Cover Photo
Alan Licht Liner Notes
Lyn Taitt Composer
Brad Wood Producer,Engineer,Feedback
Alan Light Liner Notes
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.