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  • Audio CD (June 24, 2003)
  • Original Release Date: 2003
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Enhanced, Explicit Lyrics
  • Label: Capitol
  • ASIN: B00009OOH9
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (448 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #114,943 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Eponymous albums are usually either debuts or the work of musicians trying to introduce themselves to a new audience. Count Liz Phair among the latter. It’s Phair's fourth studio album, but her first since 1998, and it's a long way from the arty, low-fi sound that marked her true full-length debut, 1993's Exile in Guyville. Phair has developed into a considerably more confident singer, while her songs and the production they receive here are as slick and radio-friendly as anything by, say, Avril Lavigne. That’s no surprise, since Lavigne's production team, the Matrix, produced many of the tracks here. (The rest are helmed by LA rock stalwarts Michael Penn and Pete Yorn producer R. Walt Vincent.) Sex is still Phair's primary subject, whether it’s comparing a lover to a comfortable pair of old underwear ("Favorite"), asking a much younger man to "Rock Me" all night long, or praising the beauty benefits of oral sex ("H.W.C."). The only time Phair lets the cheery facade crack a bit is on "Little Digger," on which Phair tries to explain to her young son why the man she's currently dating is not the boy's father. Who could've guessed that even the freest, best-protected sex could have such far-reaching, unintended consequences? --Keith Moerer

Customer Reviews

My favorite songs are "Why Can't I," "Little Digger," "Extraordinary," and "Favorite."
Nicole
The most frustrating aspect of the album is that you get a key for an online EP called 'Come and Get It' that does not suffer from expensive studio time.
Brian Simon
I really love when i can listen to an album and feel a connection to the songs. and this is true about almost every one here.
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56 of 68 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 3, 2003
Format: Audio CD
I've been somewhat psycho about Liz since the week Exile in Guyville came out. I have no desire for her to release the same album over and over, so I welcome this new record for the excellent piece of pop/rock that it is. There are so, so many great vintage Liz songs here, like "It's Sweet," "Take A Look," "Little Digger" "Firewalker," "Love/Hate Transmission" and "My Bionic Eyes." Yeah yeah yeah, the Matrix songs aren't really a lot like old Liz, unless you're enough of a fan to know "Rocket Boy," or to realize that "Jealousy" and "Johnny Feelgood" are really the same kind of songs.
Indie rockers, just grow up and admit you love Styx, Cheap Trick and Journey, and allow yourself to love this record too. And don't let some cheap sexism and ageism make you proclaim that songs like "H.W.C." are stupid and embarrassing. If it had appeared on either of Liz's first two albums, it would be proclaimed a subversive masterpiece.
Don't be an indiesnob. If you like Liz Phair the album, just let yourself like it!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By D. Smith on June 29, 2003
Format: Audio CD
Other reviews have mostly covered this cd pretty well: it's not at all like her Exile in Guyville, it's got's much more of a polished pop sound, which might or might not be what you're looking for.
But no one seems to be mentioning that this cd lets you access a web site where you can download a free EP by Liz, "comeandgetit". The EP has five songs, about 14 minutes of music, and for me, it is the best thing about buying this cd. Any review that fails to mention the EP has glaring omissions, in my opinion.
I think the Guyville cd is a much, much better recording than this new cd, but I do still like the new cd -- I find myself playing it in the car on my commute to work every day. So I have no complaints about buying the cd. But I wouldn't have given such a high rating if it weren't for the EP.
Fans of Guyville will probably like everything on the free 5-song EP better than any of the songs on this CD. The EP doesn't have that overly-polished, Avril Lavigne sound.
Caveat: The 5-song EP seems to be licensed/copy-protected/whatever, so I have no way of burning it to a CD. Also, it's one big file, instead of being five separate tracks, which is a bit of a pain. But who knows, maybe those things can be fixed if they update the web site. For now, I just listen to the EP at my computer.
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14 of 17 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 7, 2003
Format: Audio CD
And none of that is left on this album. I love Liz, I've loved all of her albums, even WCSE. And then this came out. I put it in the CD player, and until "Little Digger" I could hardly tell it was even Liz's voice. Those first tracks are completely interchangable with any Michelle Branch/Avril Lavigne/top 40 singer right now.
I love it when an artist tries new stuff. Ani Difranco is never afraid to change it up, neither is Beck or Radiohead. None of them get accused of selling out, or selling themselves short. I think it's because even though they are trying something new, they are still being true to themselves. I wish Liz had gone further with what she started in "Little Digger". Only there is the hint of the honesty found in Liz's earlier records.
I was interested in what a young woman had to say about her sexuality and societies views on it in Exile, and I'm interested in what a divorced mother has to say about her life now. I wish Liz had realized that. Maybe she will for the next album.
But to me, Liz has shown clear signs of selling out--starting with the back-up vocals for Sheryl Crow, to the whole Matrix/Pete Yorn thing to touring with Jason Mraz, to appearing on Jay Leno and Jimmy Kimmel, to appearing on VH1's "The 70's". It's just embarassing that the person who brought us "Flower" has gone to "HWC".
I'll probably buy her next album, because I am still a fan and I do hope that she changes things again, but I won't have the high hopes I did for this one.
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25 of 32 people found the following review helpful By Loreen on July 2, 2003
Format: Audio CD
To all the people who are distraught over this album: seriously, what is wrong with you? Not only is it ridiculous to reject an artist simply because their style has evolved, it eludes me how anyone could think that "Liz Phair" is an all-out terrible album. This record - which a lot of people seem to be calling "pop" - does an excellent job of incorporating many different styles of music. You've got pop songs, rock songs, and even a couple ballads. The diversity of "Liz Phair" is impressive in itself, but what makes this album really successful is Liz Phair's slightly-perfected vocals and characteristically witty and poignant lyrics. On songs like "Take A Look," "Little Digger," and "It's Sweet," Liz Phair's talent - both vocal and literary - really shines. Even the song "HWC," which seems to be the most critically maligned track on the album, retains the wit, humor, and even grace that fans have grown to expect from Liz Phair, who has a knack for making any situation - even the most intimate and, well, messy - seem amusing, important, and utterly natural.
Some fans and critics bemoan the fact that, since the release of "Exile in Guyville," Liz Phair has moved further and further away from her indie-priestess roots. I strongly believe, however, that these are the same fans and critics who would criticize Liz Phair if she only put out albums that mimiced the alt-rock sound established on "Guyville." The easiest thing Liz Phair could have done was stick rigidly to that sound and receive great press for the rest of her career. I admire the fact that she was willing to take a risk with "Liz Phair." And regardless of how the naysayers feel, I think that risk was well worth it.
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