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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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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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  3. Stars And Planets 3:54$1.29  Buy MP3 
  4. Somebody's Miracle 4:23$1.29  Buy MP3 
  5. Got My Own Thing 4:34$1.29  Buy MP3 
  6. Count On My Love 3:41$0.99  Buy MP3 
  7. Lazy Dreamer 4:55$1.29  Buy MP3 
  8. Everything To Me 3:19$1.29  Buy MP3 
  9. Closer To You 3:37$1.29  Buy MP3 
10. Table For One 4:12$1.29  Buy MP3 
11. Why I Lie 3:21$1.29  Buy MP3 
12. Lost Tonight 4:03$1.29  Buy MP3 
13. Everything (Between Us) 4:34$1.29  Buy MP3 
14. Giving It All To You 3:44$1.29  Buy MP3 

Product Details

  • Audio CD (October 4, 2005)
  • Original Release Date: 2005
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Capitol
  • ASIN: B000AV2G2O
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (102 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #134,473 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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3.7 out of 5 stars

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56 of 73 people found the following review helpful By Rudy Palma on October 4, 2005
Format: Audio CD
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 By M. Black on December 3, 2005
Format: Audio CD
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 By Carl Cougar on October 15, 2005
Format: Audio CD
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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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Kevin H. Dudley on December 6, 2005
Format: Audio CD
Like a lot of long time Liz Phair fans, I still quite can't make up my mind about her 2003 self titled CD that saw Ms. Phair going "mainstream" and straying from her indie roots. While I didn't despise the CD like a lot of her fans did, I still thought that the songwriting was just kind of lazy compared to her previous outings (especially coming after the jaw dropping masterpiece that was WhiteChocolateSpaceEgg). Her 2003 release had its moments, but as a whole I was pretty let down.

Thankfully, for her 2005 release "Somebody's Miracle", this release finds her getting back to her old (i.e. better) ways of songwriting while still keeping some of the classy production sheen that her 2003 release saw her experimenting with.

This is the album that should've followed WhiteChocolateSpaceEgg as it finds her writing to be at the top of its form again thakfully.

While the lyrics have mellowed a bit with age, marriage (abliet failed eventually) and having children, she still has a bite and sass about herself that has always made her IMO much better than fellow female rocker Sheryl Crow (who I do still like though as well). Liz Phair might not have as great of a singing voice as Sheryl, but she has a lot more attitude that comes through a lot more naturally. Thankfully, there are no embarassing attempts at shocking people like the infamous "H.W.C." off of her 2003 release (referring to a certain Hot White substance). But there also aren't any memorable lyrics like a lot of tracks off of her classic debut album Exile in Guyville.

It seems as it she's comfortable again doing what she is best at and not caring what people think. But there are still tracks on this CD like some of her past ones that are begging for radio play.
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