Liz Phair [Clean Lyrics]

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All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Who knew that all Liz Phair ever wanted was to be a pop star? Surely, her debut, Exile in Guyville, with its cinematic lo-fi production and frankness, never suggested as much, nor did its cleaner sequel, Whip-Smart, even if her appearance in negligee on the cover of Rolling Stone did imply she wanted a wider audience. In retrospect, perhaps the streamlined surfaces of Whitechocolatespaceegg were a bid for the big time, but it was undercut by songs of motherhood, marriage, and remnants of her time as an indie queen. All of that is a distant memory on her long-delayed eponymous fourth album, where she makes a long-delayed stab at superstardom, glamming herself up ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Who knew that all Liz Phair ever wanted was to be a pop star? Surely, her debut, Exile in Guyville, with its cinematic lo-fi production and frankness, never suggested as much, nor did its cleaner sequel, Whip-Smart, even if her appearance in negligee on the cover of Rolling Stone did imply she wanted a wider audience. In retrospect, perhaps the streamlined surfaces of Whitechocolatespaceegg were a bid for the big time, but it was undercut by songs of motherhood, marriage, and remnants of her time as an indie queen. All of that is a distant memory on her long-delayed eponymous fourth album, where she makes a long-delayed stab at superstardom, glamming herself up like a Maxim MILF of the Month and pitching herself somewhere between Sheryl Crow and Avril Lavigne, on one side working with Michael Penn and adult alternative singer/songwriter Pete Yorn and on the other hooking up with 2003's hitmakers du jour the Matrix (not wanting to lose her aging core audience, she began her support tour for the album opening for the thirty-something darlings of the early 2000s, the Flaming Lips, even if her new music was a far cry from indie). As "Extraordinary" starts the album with a heavy guitar downstroke, it's clear that Phair has piled nearly all her chips on making it as a pop act, delivering music that not just fits comfortably with Lavigne's, but follows her sounds and stance. Yet Exile in Guyville had such a lasting impact, it's impossible to shake its memory when hearing newer work such as this. Liz Phair is running away from that shadow on Liz Phair, creating a record that is pretty much the polar opposite of that album, a shiny bright affair that wants nothing more than to be taken as a confection, even when it tries to dig deeper. [Liz Phair was also released in a "clean" version, removing the profanities.]
Blender - Ann Powers
The best songs on Liz Phair cut through the bullshit to portray a hot young mom reflecting on lust and guilt. Let's hope people can hear the smarts behind the sheen.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 6/24/2003
  • Label: Capitol
  • UPC: 724358392807
  • Catalog Number: 83928

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Extraordinary
  2. 2 Red Light Fever
  3. 3 Why Can't I
  4. 4 It's Sweet
  5. 5 Rock Me
  6. 6 Take a Look
  7. 7 Little Digger
  8. 8 Fire Walker
  9. 9 Favorite
  10. 10 Love/Hate Transmission
  11. 11 HWC
  12. 12 My Bionic Eyes
  13. 13 Friend of Mine
  14. 14 Good Love Never Dies
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Liz Phair Primary Artist, Vocals, Sampling
Michael Penn Bass, Guitar, Background Vocals, Sampling
Lenny Castro Percussion
Matt Chamberlain Drums
Victor Indrizzo Drums
Buddy Judge Guitar, Background Vocals
Wendy Melvoin Guitar
David Sutton Bass
Patrick Warren Piano, Keyboards
Jebin Bruni Keyboards
John Sands Drums
Mike Elizondo Bass
The Wizardry of Oz Vocals
Alison Clark Background Vocals
Mario Calire Drums
Abe Laboriel Jr. Drums
Mike Stinson Drums
Corky James Guitar
R. Walt Vincent Bass, Guitar, Electric Guitar, Background Vocals, Wurlitzer
The Matrix Vocals
Technical Credits
Michael Penn Producer, Engineer
Matrix Arranger
Liz Phair Producer
Ted Jensen Mastering
Eddy Schreyer Mastering
Howard Willing Engineer
Krish Sharma Drum Recordings
Doug Boehm Engineer
Ryan Freeland Engineer
Eric Roinestad Art Direction
R. Walt Vincent Producer, Engineer
The Matrix Arranger, Producer, Engineer
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