Liz Phair

Liz Phair

by Liz Phair
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Liz Phair

News flash: Liz Phair, the sexually provocative lo-fi alterna-rocker, has morphed into an even more sexually provocative hi-fi pop singer on her fourth album. Adorned by a racy photo of Phair spreading her legs for a guitar, the self-titled disc is as catchy as it is confounding, as the 36-year-old singer presents a new Vivid-vixen image to match her pumped-up sound. Her longtime fans may be surprised -- especially by her radio-ready work with The Matrix, the production team that boosted Avril Lavigne onto the charts -- but it shouldn't turn them off. The songs here are supercharged Phair fare: They rock and shock, with graphic lyrics and driving guitar riffs; to borrow from Ms. Lavigne, Phair is indeed complicated. The hook-happy "Extraordinary" inserts a deliciously anthemic girl-power chorus ("I am extraordinary / if you ever get to know me"), but the song itself isn't about empowerment; it's about an unhealthy boy-obsession. "Rock Me," a carnal celebration of an X-box-playing twentysomething guy ("Oh baby, you're young, but that's okay /What's give or take nine years anyway"), finds Phair once again traversing standard male rock star territory -- just imagine AC/DC fronted by a woman. Then there's her outrageous ode to semen, "H.W.C.," which spikes truly spunky power-pop with sweetly sung, X-rated lyrics and a curious take on skin care. Is the song a joke, a too-much-information confessional, or a sex fantasy sculpted to match Phair's pornstress image? Only Phair (or her shrink) knows for sure. Liz Phair is filled with voyeuristic moments like this -- painful, funny, naked moments that make you ponder her motives. You may not always want to watch, but it's hard not to listen.

Product Details

Release Date: 06/24/2003
Label: Capitol
UPC: 0724352208401
catalogNumber: 22084

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Liz Phair   Primary Artist,Guitar,Vocals,Sampling
Michael Penn   Bass,Guitar,Background Vocals,Sampling
Lenny Castro   Percussion
Matt Chamberlain   Drums
Victor Indrizzo   Drums
Buddy Judge   Guitar,Electric Guitar,Background Vocals
Wendy Melvoin   Bass,Guitar
David Sutton   Bass
Patrick Warren   Piano,Keyboards
Jebin Bruni   Keyboards
John Sands   Drums
Mike Elizondo   Bass
Wizardry of Oz   Vocals
Alison Clark   Background Vocals
Mario Calire   Drums
Abe Laboriel   Drums
Pete Yorn   Guitar,Drums
Corky James   Guitar
R. Walt Vincent   Bass,Guitar,Harmonica,Electric Guitar,Background Vocals,Wurlitzer
Matrix   Vocals

Technical Credits

Michael Penn   Producer,Engineer
Matrix   Arranger
Howard Willing   Engineer
Krish Sharma   Drum Recordings
Doug Boehm   Engineer
Ryan Freeland   Engineer
Eric Roinestad   Art Direction
R. Walt Vincent   Producer,Engineer
Matrix   Arranger,Producer,Engineer

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Liz Phair 3.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 19 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I've enjoyed Liz's music since Exile in Guyville and this album has that edgy Liz quality about it. Don't let whitechocolatespaceegg scare you away. This one's worth a listen.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is a strong album... the first time you listen most tracks sound like good wide-open pop/rock. Especially Extraordinary, Why Can't I, Rock Me, Favorite, Love/Hate. It's great to Liz singing with a big rock sound behind her. Some people complain that they miss the "low fi" sound of Exile in Guyville... personally, I love hearing a new sound.. it's like seeing a visual artist working in a new medium. But you have to listen more than once. It's not just bubble gum music. Liz is singing about emotions and situations with more to them than the usual "I loved him/he left me/I'm sad". Might not be as "meaningful" as Guyville, but I think the album is thoughtful/honest/personal beyond the glossy pop music production.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Heard one of the songs on the radio and thought it was one of the many teen girl singers that all sound the same. If the rest of the album is as bad I will pass. That said, her other albums are fantastic.
Guest More than 1 year ago
What happened to Stephen Thomas Erlewine's review of this album? He clearly loves Phair's music, and his review was in-depth and right on the money (I guess, tho, that if you want to sell CD's, you don't want to persuade folks not to buy them). Anyway, the album isn't awful, and I really enjoyed it for about two weeks... but it's indistinguishable from all the other teen music out there (and Liz is closer to 40 than 30, right?), except the sex talk is more juvenile than you'd hear from actual juveniles. Decent summer music here, but it's not something you'll listen to years down the road.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I am an old school Liz fan so if you believe the press I should hate her self titled album. Well I am hear to say they are wrong. With songs like "Bionic Eyes" and "Firewalker" she is producing songs just as good as those of her past. Just stay away from "Favorite"
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is the best album for summer days when you are rocking out in your car. "Extraordinary" is dynamite. Though a stark contrast to Phair's previous efforts, it is an excellent record nonetheless.
Guest More than 1 year ago
i love liz phair, she and the used are my faborite bands of all times! she so talented. this is my favorite cd by her. i love that she doesn't hide her sexuality, but on the un edited cd it has the song hot white cum. i love that. she has guts!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Liz Phair is an amazing musician. I have seen her in concert twice and own all of her Cd's. Not only do I love her music, but she is hands down the best artist I have EVER seen perform live. Don't miss her, if you get the opportunity to go see her GO!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I have heard a great deal of criticism regarding Liz Phair's new album. I always hate the assumption that everything that embraces Pop Techniques must be garbage. Some of our best and most important music has been in the pop genre, and I think Liz Phair has achieved her goal of incorporating Pop techniques on her 4th album. I think her change in style is a great thing because her quirky/witty lyrics will be reaching many more listeners. I remember watching an interview with Liz Phair where she was saying how much she admired Madonna when she was a girl in her 20s. This album reminds me a bit of Madonna b/c of the frank sexuality and pop nature of both. Liz Phair has not sold out and sounds nothing like Avril Lavigne. Liz Phair is one of our most talented singer-songwriters, and with this album she has further cemented her place in music history. Best Tracks: Extraordinary, Friend Of Mine, Red Light Fever, Why Can't I, Rock Me
Guest More than 1 year ago
Liz at her poppy-est, but I still love it. Rock Me is my favorite, it has her 'dirty-girl' vibe that I love so much. EO a close 2nd and WCI 3rd, just for the "radio playable" factor. 'Favorite' is such a great mix of old-school-Liz and the Avril Lavigne over-produced sound. Can't wait for her new stuff in Oct 2005.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The 'Liz Phair' album is a step in a different direction for Liz, she's taking on the mainstream world of pop rather than the indie roots she exuded earlier in her career. The album is full of variety and I, for one, love it all. The album is well put together and shows Liz's progress as a great singer and songwriter.
Guest More than 1 year ago
One listen to "Liz Phair" and you'll be thanking God for it. Not only is Liz Phair a lyrical genious, this album is amazingly catchy and mature. In a world full of over produced and over-hyped Britney clones, this album sticks out as a modern masterpiece. Buy it! You won't regret it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
With this new album in 5 freaking years! Liz Phair really shows her new music fashion this time after leaving the "indie rock" behind to get on top of the mainstream. My favourite songs from this album are "Extraordinary" and "Why Can't I?" With this album, you can imagine that's Avril Lavigne being totally serious and calm with drama. This album is something to die for! :-)
Guest More than 1 year ago
Liz Phair once stood out in the music industry. Sure, for a while she stopped making music. 'whitechocolatespaceegg' was a bit over-whelmingly polished for my tastes but it was the sound of an artist evolving. Now 4 years later she comes back, ready to blend in with Avril Lavigne and Michelle Branch. This album is breathtakeningly horrible. What once was 'everytime I see your face/I think of things unpure, unchaste' (Flower, Exile In Guyville) is now 'baby, baby, if it's alright/I want you to rock me all night'. Or how about 'you walk in clouds of glitter and the sun reflects your eyes' (Supernova, Whip-Smart) is now 'why can't I breathe whenever I think about you/why can't I speak whenever I talk about you'. She even has traded in her unique lyrics to go mainstream. It truly saddens me. All for more money. Some Liz Phair fans love this but that's because they are die-hard Liz Phair fans who will love anything she puts out. Please don't buy this album unless you're a silly teenage girl who listens to talentless, whiny losers like Michelle Branch and Avril Lavigne.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Liz Phair has to be one of the most boring albums I've ever heard. Who knew that such a previously provocative and thought provoking artist could end up sucking!? It's clumsy and way to literal in it's delivery, with Michelle Branch and Avril Lavirgne-esque songs like the air-headed "Why Can't I" and the almost sexy "Rock Me", an anthem about lusting after a younger man. Anybody who enjoyed Phair for sounding different than the mainstream will be surely dissapointed in this overly produced album. Worst of all is the fact that millions of girls(and boys) will probably connect with this conventional album and then buy Exile in Guyville expecting the same loud pop hooks and insipid lyrics. It's really sad to know one of your fave artists has nothing to say anymore, it's worse when she's embraced by mainstream culture for being this vapid. Maybe all of Liz's albums before were written at a time when she could think more clearly and it wasn't about making mainstream money, but it's obviously too late now. So sad.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Wow, I was really excited when this cd came out. It had been a while since her last album and I was really wondering what direction Liz would be heading in. I must say this is a welcomed change. Since Liz recruited her newest backing band called The Burnt Toast Conspiracy, which is actually a group of 5 elderly men who have never played instruments before, her songs come out with deep conviction and a steep sense of irony. She really turns up that wooden charm, folks! Among my favorite songs on the album are the two first tracks, "The Tapeworm That Drove My Grocey Budget Through The Roof" and her a capella version of Kiss's "Cold Gin." Later in the album she delves into some futuristic Electronica ("Pork Sandwich and a Glass of Milk") and even some delta blues ("That Wiley Turd That Slipped Out During My Job Interview"). I nearly soiled my skivvies when I heard that one! Heck, I pushed out a three pound grumper! If you liked Liz's first two albums and can appreciate her artistry, I think you'll be very happy with this new release. Her songwriting skills are top notch and the new band really delivers...
Guest More than 1 year ago
Liz is a fantastic artist! If she went for a more mainstream sound this time out, fine because she's paid her dues. She still sounds great and theres H.W.C my favorite liz song!! Look its the best CD she's done thus far or at least no less than any of her past recordings.
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