- Audio CD (December 21, 1999)
- Number of Discs: 1
- Format: Explicit Lyrics
- Label: Capitol
- ASIN: B000040JF0
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This is a slightly odd choice, though. Firstly, why re-master an album that relies so heavily on its imperfect and raw sound? The 3 bonus tracks here are pretty useless. "Say You" is a reggae cover and is, to me, unlistenable, but nice to know they were messin around in the studio. "Ant In Alaska" is a song that fans of the Girlysound tapes will be familiar with. This is NOT the same version. It is cleaner, & it's nice to hear an unreleased studio version. But it is not one of Phair's best songs, and this take offers no real new insight. I thought the other track called "Instrumental" would be a little more interesting, yet it pales next to much of the guitar work that's IN Phair's first 2 albums. So again, this track is unnecessary filler.
FYI: The extra songs are not B-sides, as noted on the sleeve. In my opinion, they should be regarded as Outtakes.
Thankfully EIG is dense with 18 great songs, so there's no need to look for unearthed material to flesh out the picture. The album says more than enough on its own.
Another bonus with this re-issue is the companion DVD. It's well over an hour long, and features interviews with members of Urge Overkill, John Cusack, Dave Matthews(again), Steve Albini, Brad Wood and many other interesting people who helped Phair's career take off. The DVD is recorded in a low-budget way, making some dialogue hard to hear, but it's worth seeing if you're interested in what Phair was like at the time she made this album.
And as for Exile In Guyville re-mastered and all? Well, I'm unsure if the mastering brings any added qualities to the songs, but it's a pleasant, albeit unnecessary, excuse to revisit a brilliant album.
In "Canary," Phair sings about an alienated housewife who "follows all the rules" - "I come when called, I come that's all." But in "Exile" the housewife doesn't just complain, she sets the house on fire. In "Help Me Mary" Liz dreams of revenge against her abusively snide male roommates. In "F--k and Run" she's not afraid to sing "I want a boyfriend...I want a guy who makes love `cause he's in it" as another one-night stand walks out the door. Phair takes full advantage of the freedom women had by the `90's to make music as interesting as they themselves were. Gender was no longer a limitation on the range of their artistic expression. Just like the boys.
"Exile in Guyville" was a great album when it came out in 1993. It still is a great album in 2008. Liz Phair would go on to make other good records, but never again would she achieve the combination of audacity, energy, and no holds barred song writing that she demonstrated in her first album. If you don't have it, you should get it . You won't regret it.
I originally sought out this album after reading Rolling Stone's rave review of the album, but was dubious that she could really live up to the hype. I listened, spellbound, the first time through. Then played the CD again. I've worn out mix tapes of her albums, bought multiple versions of her latest CD and built my own little Web shrine to Liz ....
Liz's musicianship on this effort is sometimes uneven, her vocal performance hardly revolutionary but her writing ... such songs.
Her songs touch the heart, engage the mind and stimulate the ... well, she's gotten a reputation as a pottymouth girl, although she's much, much more. "Divorce Song" rips out your heart and stomps on it with the brutal honesty of how breakups truly feel, "Soap Star Joe" casts a dubious eye at the sensitive dudes who cruise the single scene (not that I was EVER one ... ahem) and, quite frankly, Liz still remembers how to rock.
I have not before or since encountered an artist who was able to capture the pain, anxiety and hopefulness of post-collegiate singlehood as Liz did, and "Exile in Guyville" remains one of my perennial favorites.
A must-listen for fans of singer-songwriters, rock and roll or women in music. Liz Phair's "Exile in Guyville" is simply one of the all time great rock albums.
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Read the New York Times review of this book, it's pretty much spot on - nytimes.com/2014/06/20/books/gina-arnolds-exile-in-guyville-reassesses-liz-phair.htmlPublished 2 months ago by T. O'NEILL
Among her best albums. Still sounds great even 20 years later. Essential for any collector.Published 7 months ago by dinesh
Sex, love, relationships, and more from the unapologetic, uncensored female point of view. Magnetic.Published 7 months ago by ForkeyHorsey
I always thought of Liz Phair as a part Pornographic Actress,part Underwear Model sex kitten,it was in the way she cavorted around,it was also in the lyrics to a lot of her... Read morePublished 12 months ago by Bryan Cook
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Released June 22nd 1993
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is one of the best records, and not even mainstream. "Flower" might blush everyone, and is kind exciting. otherwise every song is unique, exciting, pure Indie,Published 14 months ago by gerardo
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