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All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Following the halfhearted reception to Whip-Smart -- good enough to retain her critical stature, not good enough to enhance it -- Liz Phair slowly retreated from view, marrying and having a child. Toward the end of 1996, she began to work on her third album, but it took her nearly a year and a half to compete it, due to a variety of reasons. When whitechocolatespaceegg a reference to her baby boy's shiny bald head finally appeared in late summer 1998, it had been a full five years since Exile in Guyville, and nowhere was that more apparent than in Phair's third album itself. Certain familiar elements remained -- her plain vocals, strummed guitars, and character ...
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All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Following the halfhearted reception to Whip-Smart -- good enough to retain her critical stature, not good enough to enhance it -- Liz Phair slowly retreated from view, marrying and having a child. Toward the end of 1996, she began to work on her third album, but it took her nearly a year and a half to compete it, due to a variety of reasons. When whitechocolatespaceegg a reference to her baby boy's shiny bald head finally appeared in late summer 1998, it had been a full five years since Exile in Guyville, and nowhere was that more apparent than in Phair's third album itself. Certain familiar elements remained -- her plain vocals, strummed guitars, and character songs -- but this was a brighter, cleaner, more content Phair. There was none of the emotional turmoil that underpinned Exile and, to a lesser extent, Whip-Smart. Even if the songs concerned violent emotions, there is a studied distance between her and the songs here, whether it's the character study "Uncle Alvarez" or "Johnny Feelgood," where the female narrator is beaten up and likes it. In other words, whitechocolatespaceegg is the work of a craftsman, not an inspired work of brilliance like Exile. And while that may alienate some hardcore fans, that's not necessarily a bad thing, especially since the best moments -- "Big Tall Man," "Baby Got Going," "Go On Ahead," "What Makes You Happy," "Johnny Feelgood," and the Girlysound leftover "Shitloads of Money" -- are tuneful and literate. Still, there's a distance, not only in the lyrics but in the overly polished music, that makes whitechocolatespaceegg difficult to embrace unconditionally, even if it may be a stronger record than Whip-Smart.
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  • Release Date: 8/11/1998
  • Label: Capitol
  • UPC: 724385355448
  • Catalog Number: 53554

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 White Chocolate Space Egg (4:35)
  2. 2 Big Tall Man (3:49)
  3. 3 Perfect World (2:15)
  4. 4 Johnny Feelgood (3:22)
  5. 5 Polyester Bride (4:05)
  6. 6 Love Is Nothing (2:16)
  7. 7 Baby Got Going (2:02)
  8. 8 Uncle Alvarez (3:52)
  9. 9 Only Son (5:08)
  10. 10 Go on Ahead (2:53)
  11. 11 Headache (2:53)
  12. 12 Ride (3:04)
  13. 13 What Makes You Happy (3:36)
  14. 14 Fantasize (1:55)
  15. 15 Shitloads of Money (3:39)
  16. 16 Girls' Room (1:46)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Liz Phair Primary Artist, Guitar, Piano, Vocals
Scott McCaughey Guitar
Scott Bennett Organ, Bass, Drums
Peter Buck Guitar
John Hiler Organ, Piano, Keyboards, Background Vocals
Scott Litt Acoustic Guitar, Bass, Harmonica, Violin, Drums, Keyboards, Background Vocals
Mike Mills Bass
Brad Wood Organ, Bass, Guitar, Drums, Keyboards, Background Vocals, Hand Clapping
Leroy Bach Acoustic Bass
Bill Berry Bongos
Nathan December Guitar, Electric Guitar
Ed Tinley Guitar, Hand Clapping
Troy Niedhart Accordion
Liquid Grooves Loops
Randy Wilson Keyboards
Jason Chasko Bass, Guitar, Piano, Drums, Background Vocals
Tommy Furar Bass
Technical Credits
Liz Phair Producer, Art Direction
John Hiler Programming, Engineer
Ted Jensen Mastering
Scott Litt Producer
Jon Mathias Art Direction
David Schiffman Engineer
Brad Wood Producer, Engineer, drum machine
Chris Sabold Engineer
Mark O. Art Direction
Ed Tinley Engineer
Frank Longo Art Direction
Katrin Thomas Mastering
Liquid Grooves Engineer
Randy Wilson Programming
Jason Chasko Producer
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    AMAZING

    out of all Liz albums released, this is still my favorite cd of hers. After whip-smart, this was a much more relaxed album with more expressive lyrics and I absolutley love it. These songs are some of her most beautifuly written. She is absolutley timeless

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Chic Music Masterpiece

    This may be my favorite Liz Phair album. Liz is at the epitome of her ability as a composer- the musical depth of each song is enhanced by her improved vocal and guitar skills. Furthermore, she reaches new maturity which is reflective of her new motherhood. Great record.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Liz Phair gets mature on WCSE

    Liz Phair's WCSE is perhaps her most mature record to date & it's got some of her best songwriting ever! "What Makes You Happy" is a mix of pop rock & electronic mayhem, while the albums title track is perhaps one of her most touching songs ever! "Polyester Bride" is a great song that is acoustic driven & "Johnny Feelgood" is quirky & cool! This is Liz's best record, songwriting wise!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    smartsexytunesmith

    Bought this disc soon after its release on the strength of the single "Polyester Bride," and a hunch. Ever pick up a disc you know nothing about, but you can sense it's gonna be great? Cool packaging, lots of songs, generous lyric sheet... And then come these great melodies and chiming production, infused with smarts, humor, toughness and heart. All present in the improved singing of babe next door, Liz Phair. Both figuratively and literally, she's found an appealing, relatable voice for this disc that lends itself to the abundant style-hopping of 16 clever and cool songs. Plus, her just-right vocals are complemented by all-around wonderful performances. Lots of different musical settings to choose from here. Man! do the guitars, keyboards & drums sound good -- rich, layered and unified. A sucker for the perfect pop-rock song, my favorites here include the funny, kaleidoscopic "What Makes You Happy" (spot-on Mother/Daughter scenario, soaring rhythm and melody) and the wry, laid-back "Love is Nothing." "Polyester Bride" is a crunchy, barscene classic, but the whole disc is loaded with gems. It's almost unfair to single out the merits of one tune against another -- there's so much quality and variety among these stories. What a great collection of conversations. If you're sick of mainstream radio, yet alienated by a lot of indie-rock, "whitechocolatespaceegg" is a real treat. Tasty, and good for you too. Incidentally, for the longest time, I imagined that if Sheryl Crow had an edgier best friend of the "gamma girl" variety, it would be Liz Phair. Then don't ya know, Sheryl records with her for the recent C'mon C'mon album.

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