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by Liz Phair
 

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Expectations ran extremely high for Liz Phair's follow-up to Exile in Guyville, one of the most critically acclaimed debut albums of all time. If there are flaws in this generally first-rate follow-up, they mostly arise in comparison with Guyville, a record of such unexpected impact that most anything Phair could have done may have been found lacking.

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Expectations ran extremely high for Liz Phair's follow-up to Exile in Guyville, one of the most critically acclaimed debut albums of all time. If there are flaws in this generally first-rate follow-up, they mostly arise in comparison with Guyville, a record of such unexpected impact that most anything Phair could have done may have been found lacking. She continues to explore sex and relationships with exhilarating frankness and celebration, employing her much-touted profanity to a conversational rather than a sensational effect. The sound is somewhat more produced, though still pretty basic, and the compositions are by and large tuneful and lyrically intriguing. It's not, after all is said and done, quite as striking as Guyville; like many sophomore efforts, it mines similar territory without making huge strides forward. Several songs are reprised from her widely circulated Girlysound demo tapes, and in some instances the more heavily produced, self-consciously ingenious arrangements here suffer in comparison to their blueprints. The title track, one of the highlights of those tapes, comes off as particularly gimmicky in its new incarnation, with the addition of all manner of superfluous animal noises. There's no question that Phair is a major songwriter and artist, but this album is more a solidification of her talents than a breakthrough statement.

Product Details

Release Date:
10/01/1996
Label:
Capitol
UPC:
0724385409820
catalogNumber:
54098

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Liz Phair   Primary Artist,Guitar,Vocals
Brad Wood   Synthesizer,Bass,Guitar,Percussion,Drums,Background Vocals

Technical Credits

Liz Phair   Composer,Producer
Brad Wood   Producer,Engineer
Casey Rice   Engineer

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Whip-Smart 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Liz Phair dosn't have to sugar code anything..she just lets it all out. That's one thing I admire in her, other then her poetic lyrics. She definatly needs to be more heard out in the world!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Liz Phair hardly falters on her sophomore effot, though it does not reach the almost unreachable heights which Guyville did. However, Phair's well-developed musicality carries her through a diverse record of more "pop" songs than its predecessor. Strong points include the title track and "Supernova", a 90's radio classic.
Guest More than 1 year ago
In my opinion, this is Liz Phair's best CD. I like it even more than 'Exile In Guyville'. This record is just, ahhh I can't explain it. It will be a highlight in your collection. I promise. Please go out and buy this album now. Go go go!
Guest More than 1 year ago
A follow-up to such a powerful debut would be difficult for most, however, Liz Phair escapes the sophomore slump and hits a grand slam with this one. A little more catchy a little less risque' this one still pushes the boundaries and paints the picture of a woman all men long to have.
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