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Somebody's Miracle

Liz PhairAudio CD
3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (100 customer reviews)

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  • Audio CD (October 4, 2005)
  • Original Release Date: 2005
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Capitol
  • ASIN: B000AV2G2O
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (100 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #77,516 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Is Liz Phair apologizing? It would be easy to get that impression from the title track of Somebody's Miracle. Suddenly the singer who was once known for her jaded lyrics and liberal use of the "f" word, is throwing around different kinds of "f" words altogether. "Faith?" "Fairytale?" Once, a generation of young women turned to Phair to express their collective rage at emotionally unavailable men. Now it's all about frogs with princes inside, and her regret over fleeing relationships with a few good men. My, how times have changed.

Some tracks on this album, including "Got My Own Thing," "Why I Lie," and "Can't Get Out of What I'm into," go back to Phair's more cynical roots. (In fact, "Can't Get Out," dates back to the singer's early demos.) But it seems clear that her overall trend towards pop (exhibited on her self-titled CD from 2003) is continuing. And who can blame her? Exile in Guyville was a breakthrough, but it left her in a real bind. A decade plus later, a still-bitter Liz would probably seem tiresome and immature. A happier, hopeful Liz could be accused of going soft. Phair doesn't need her angry-girl persona to prove she has talent, but she may still need it to stand out from the crowd. After all, do we really need another pop song like "Stars and Planets" telling us "we all shine, shine, shine?" The question Somebody's Miracle raises is: can Liz Phair drop some of her attitude without losing all of her edge? --Leah Weathersby

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Somebody's Miracle is a bold ambitious collection of songs that embraces elements of her previous work and more. Pop and indie, frank and witty, playful and serious, Phair takes everything she's done before and pushes further. Features the hit single 'Everything To Me'. Capitol. 2005.

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56 of 73 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Phair's Most Well-Rounded Outing Yet October 4, 2005
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With her new album ,"Somebody's Miracle," singer/songwriter Liz Phair has assembled her most well-rounded release yet. One of the most celebrated indie sweethearts of the 90's, her 2003 self-titled mainstream makeover paralyzed a great faction of her fanbase, who could not accept Phair's broadening her horizons. However, what made her so endearing and unique in the 90's and later brought her into Top 40 territory meld together exceptionally well this time around.

Lead single "Everything to Me," was a wise choice to lead the collection, and although it has not made the splash that "Why Can't I?" did two years ago, it has proven she can craft radio friendly fare perfectly without the aid of hitmaking machine the Matrix, thank you very much. Still, it is the least interesting track on the collection. "Leap Of Innocence" and "Closer to You," for instance, will delight longtime fans, as they are sonically reminiscent of 1998's underrated "Whitechocolatespaceegg." Most importantly, her lyrical bite and delightful sense of humor are as potent as ever, but with sharper wisdom and insight than she had to offer in the 90's, which the former track displays.

"Everything about us had an innocence/But everything around us was changing/And my mistake was being already married/I want to make a leap of innocence to you."

The pop songs are still present, however, but they don't plead for radio play as much as they did on the self-titled record. "Stars and Planets" is the finest such example, with Phair proclaiming "we all shine, shine shine," much to the chagrin of listeners who abhor pop music clichés. However, the lyrics delve much deeper than that, revealing a triumphant ode to individuality in a world of monotony and mass consumerism.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
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I purchased this album the day it was released and have listened to it over and over before writing this review. I want to first clarify, I am an old fan from the beginning, so I'm taking it all into context. I also recently caught her show in Chicago, which was also pretty cool for understanding where she's coming from in this new album. By the way, if you haven't seen her in concert, she sounds just as great (if not better) in person as on the album, a true artist.

Each time I listen to this album I pick up something a little deeper between the lines. I feel this is the best album released by an artist in a long, long time. The last album, self titled, also came under unfair criticism by the old fans just as this apparently has. Liz has merely grown up (as we have too, right???) and is writing about things in her life now, which is not just the club scene and one night stands, but is much more big picture life, without compromise to the quality of her work.

There is not one song on this album I don't like. Initially my fav was Got My Own Thing, but I just love Stars and Planets, Why I Lie, these are just so Liz and nobody else. I think Why I Lie is a great throw-back to her old work. There's also some pretty sweet/vulnerable songs like Somebody's Miracle, Leap of Innocence. I also love Wind and the Mountain.

I won't go through each song as other reviews already have but, to sum it up, the excellent song writing and totally unique Liz Phair sound makes this a great purchase.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The "real" follow-up to "spaceegg" October 15, 2005
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It's great that Phair inspires such strong opinions. However, I think some objectivity is lost. If you stuck this into your player not knowing who it was, would you like it? Now of course you can't pretend you never heard her before, but I think this album should be judged on its own. I found it extremely catchy. The first four tracks hook ya. There's a little lull in the middle and then it finishes fairly strong. "Table for One" was almost shocking. Raw emotion like that is rare these days.

There are several worthy tracks here and the more you listen to it, the more you'll find it gets stuck in your head. Yes, I have been there since the beginning and sure I love "Exile," but I look at this as a true follow-up to Whitechocolatespaceegg (her 2003 album was a failed pop experiment). Give it a listen and enjoy.
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38 of 51 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Rather middle of the road. October 4, 2005
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I seem to be in the minority of people who enjoyed both Liz Phair's early work and her more recent self-titled effort. Yeah, "Liz Phair" was a pop album, but it was an awfully good one, and I'm the type who grows bored with an artist who stands still. And certainly that album made sense in the context of "whitechocolatespaceegg". Its followup, "Somebody's Miracle", continues not the pop sheen of the self-titled album, but rather takes its starting point from the adult alternative sounds of "whitechocolatespaceegg" and "Liz Phair". The result is pretty mixed-- it's not a bad album by any stretch, it just doesn't go anywhere, and there's really not a whole lot on here that grabs your attention.

The best material on the album manages to fuse the lo-fi indie rock songs of her youth with clever arrangements, feeling both detailed and stripped down-- moving from the chugging, lo-fi "Wind and the Mountain" to bouncy pop (a la "Polyester Bride") of "Somebody's Miracle" and "Got My Own Thing" and moody ruminations on "Table For One". But for everything that's worth hearing there's a bunch of middling pop songs that sound like a thin Aimee Mann impression ("Lazy Dreamer") and occasionally it can't get out of the way of its own cliches ("Stars and Planets").

Again, it's not a bad album, but it's certainly not great either, and it's unlikely to please anyone-- old fans will deplore that it continues the sellout, new fans will wonder where the gloss went. Speaking personally, much as I'd hoped for better, it's about what I expected, some of it's worth hearing, but I've never found Phair to excel at following up any of her great efforts.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Love it
I love that amazon has hard to find music sometimes!!!! This song is perfect for how I was feeling and the price was right!!
Published 16 months ago by Sabrina Armstrong
5.0 out of 5 stars Simply, her best.
We got to see a new side of Liz in her self-titled 2003 album, "Liz Phair", and "Somebody's Miracle" continues to show different colors of this wise songstress. Read more
Published on December 28, 2011 by sfranciosi
3.0 out of 5 stars Give it time
After Phair's self titled album, I wasn't expecting much. And the first few minutes of listening to Somebody's Miracle didn't restore my faith once. But I listened to all of it. Read more
Published on February 9, 2011 by Lori A. Ross
4.0 out of 5 stars A Change is not necessarily bad
When I first listened to it I thought - really? Liz Phair? is that really you? I thought that it was OK, the songs are nice but there is nothing special here. Read more
Published on January 9, 2011 by Rotem
5.0 out of 5 stars Give It A Second Listen!!!!!
Even you didn't like it the 1st time around, listen to it again, and this time really listen to the lyrics. Read more
Published on October 30, 2010 by A. May
1.0 out of 5 stars C'mon Liz...seriously? Part II
She can't sing. At least when she was an indie chick she had the word "alternative" to excuse her from needing to sound any good. Read more
Published on October 16, 2010 by Christ Jones Kowalski
5.0 out of 5 stars Sweeter notes from Phair
I've been a hugh Liz Phair fan for a while. She's got an interesting style that I can't really slap a genre label on. Read more
Published on November 12, 2009 by H. Ho
3.0 out of 5 stars I wasn't as impressed by this Liz Phair album...
Well, it's definately Liz Phair here again, but she seems to have lost her flare for capturing our, or at least my, attention. Read more
Published on July 14, 2009 by Angela K. Scott-Cox
4.0 out of 5 stars Liz Phair, All Grown Up
Sure, this album sold poorly and got mediocre reviews from music critics. That's because people were comparing "Somebody's Miracle" to Liz Phair's earlier works, especially "Exile... Read more
Published on November 16, 2008 by MakAttack
5.0 out of 5 stars Talent can go ANY direction
This album, like all of Liz's albums, is just too utterly good for me to sit here and embark on some long-winded, cliche riddled review. Yawn! Read more
Published on September 19, 2008 by N. Newby
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