Wednesday, November 19, 2008

738. Liz Phair - Exile in Guyville (1993)

Track Listing

1. 6'1"
2. Help Me Mary
3. Glory
4. Dance Of The Seven Veils
5. Never Said
6. Soap Star Joe
7. Explain It To Me
8. Canary
9. Mesmerizing
10. Fuck And Run
11. Girls Girls Girls
12. Divorce Song
13. Shatter
14. Flower
15. Johnny Sunshine
16. Gunshy
17. Stratford-On-Guy
18. Strange Loop


Liz Phair is a dirty, dirty, woman... I like it. With a vocal style that falls somewhere between Suzanne Vega and Kate Rusby and a lyrical style that reminds one of Ani Di Franco, Liz Phair is despite all that a true original.

Phair has a perfect union of lyrics that are at times acidic, at times bittersweet, often just bitter with music that is more often than not sweet. She may be less famous that her contemporaries in the female singer-songwriter business, that may be for the simple fact that a lot of the lyrics are even more confrontational than her colleagues. Listen to flower if you don't believe me.

So, yeah another album to stick in my iPod, for those days when I feel like I have changed gender and have PMS. It's one of those rare albums that works at all levels and for that it should be cherished. Get it.

Track Highlights

1. Fuck and Run
2. Flower
3. Help Me Mary
4. Gunshy

Final Grade



From Wikipedia:

Phair commented in interviews that the album was a song-by-song reply to the Rolling Stones' 1972 album Exile on Main Street. Some critics contend that the album is not a clear or obvious song-by-song response, although Phair apparently sequenced her compositions in an attempt to match the song-list and pacing of the 1972 album.

Flower, with lyrics NSFW:

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

had forgotten about Liz Phair - looked her up on wikipedia; odd fact... she co-wrote the new 90210 theme, seems very out of place given her cutting edge/controversial debut.