Somebody's Miracle

Somebody's Miracle

by Liz Phair
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Somebody's Miracle

Liz Phair's fans are pretty clearly divided into two camps: those who like her indie-centric early releases and those who prefer the more pop-oriented sounds of her 2003 self-titled album. Like its predecessor, Somebody's Miracle, finds Phair shooting pretty directly for Sheryl Crow territory, with lots of spit-shined mid-tempo songs featuring chiming chords, rootsy flourishes, and Jumbotron-sized hooks. But there's some odd, occasionally dark subject matter lurking in those sparkly-sounding songs, whether it's simply an unusual rhyme (pairing "Look at you" with "ingénue") or a reference to some ill-fated "friends in rehab." The brightness begins to fade as the album progresses, and as on Phair's preceding album, there's one deeply serious song that will jolt listeners out of their reveries. Liz Phair's was "Little Digger" (a touching song about a boy seeing his single mom going on a date), and this album's is the downright shocking "Table for One," a harrowing tale about a suburban alcoholic that reads like a short story ("I want to die alone ... I want to bring down all those people who drank with me / Watching happily, my humiliation"). The album perks up after that, with songs musically referencing the Stones and Big Star, offering ear candy for old fans. But more than anything else, Somebody's Miracle suggests that Phair the artist is still a work in progress: a whip-smart, still-maturing songwriter whose masterpiece may well be still to come.

Product Details

Release Date: 10/04/2005
Label: Capitol
UPC: 0724357776929
catalogNumber: 77769

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Liz Phair   Primary Artist,Guitar,Vocals,Background Vocals
Joel Derouin   Concert Master
John Alagia   Guitar,Keyboards,Hammond Organ,Hammond B3
Sean Hurley   Bass
John Shanks   Bass,Guitar,Keyboards,Background Vocals
Oliver Kraus   Cello
Joe Zook   Tambourine
Tim Bradshaw   Keyboards
Billy Mohler   Bass,Acoustic Bass
Jeff Rothschild   Drums
Dino Meneghin   Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar,Keyboards,Lap Steel Guitar,Hand Percussion
Aaron Sterling   Percussion,Drums

Technical Credits

Liz Phair   Composer
David Campbell   String Arrangements
Brian Scheuble   Engineer
John Alagia   Producer,Vocal Arrangements,Audio Production
Lars Fox   Engineer
John Shanks   Composer,Producer,Audio Production
Joe Zook   Producer,Engineer
Eric Roinestad   Art Direction
Jeff Robinette   Engineer
Jeff Rothschild   Engineer
Dino Meneghin   Producer,drum programming

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Somebody's Miracle 3.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Clever, witty,loaded with hooks. Make sure it's on the Ipod before you crank the key. Liz Phair's made this year's (and next year's) best album. Most critics are afraid to say it- she's still the best songwriter around. Don't let them fool you- she's the original guilty pleasure. Rock~Out/M*JOR~HOOKS. Don't wait for Liz to go underground again. You will be waiting a long time. (and sometimes she still plays dirty)
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