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Two CD set archive release of her 1993 album. Liz Phair is a US singer-songwriter and guitarist. Her signature guitar, which she is often seen playing (and is prominent upon the cover of her self-titled fourth album), is a Fender Duo-Sonic II. Her album Exile in Guyville was chosen as one of Rolling Stone's 500 Greatest Albums of All Time. This two disc set includes four previously unreleased audio tracks and a DVD with a documentary about the album's genesis.
Phair claimed that this album was a song-by-song answer to the Rolling Stones' Exile On Main St. While that's unlikely, it's an astonishing songwriting debut. Guyville got a lot of attention for its very frank sexuality, and though Phair knows how to shock, her real strength is lyrics that capture subtleties of extreme emotional states and interpersonal bargaining. Her voice isn't great, but all it has to do is ride the rails of her acutely observed, ingeniously melodic songs: "Divorce Song"'s laser-beam analysis of the moment when a marriage disintegrates, "Flower"'s coy lust, "Stratford-On-Guy"'s dizzying epiphany. She's also an inventive guitarist, and her arrangements--featuring coproducer Brad Wood--keep the album fresh and varied. --Douglas Wolk --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Top Customer Reviews
Liz has never had a particulary strong voice, but that's fine with me. I can't sing. If you can, this album might annoy you. If you appreciate the power that the human voice is capable of expressing, that is another story.
If you like slick studio productions, you won't find that here. Guitar, drums, piano, assorted; pretty simple, but rocking enough to warrant the connection with its inspiration (the Stones' Exile on Main Street; Liz and I are both Stones fans).
If you were always annoyed with female musicians for not rocking and looking for something a little post-feminist and past the insipid singer/songwriter (yes I am generalizing), this album will be your salvation.
If you are a single woman (or man, for that matter; these songs are applicable to any relationship) and you don't own EIG, you are missing out on the single album most relevant to your life. If for some reason, you actually like the song "HWC," you will LOVE "Flower." Although that song generates a lot of buzz, each and every song on here is an emotional, and rock'n'roll, experience.
I have heard people say that her voice sounds a bit rough, that the guitars are not played very well and that the production is low quality. These people must have some very boring musical collections if this is how they rate music. This simply is head and sholders above any other album I have heard in terms of pure enjoyment of music.
I honestly cannot ever see another album ever sounding this good to me - everything fits together perfectly. Whenever I put the album on I always end up listening to it all the way through - there just isn't a weak track on there and in every song Liz seems to have put so much emotion and personality that they never seem to age.
They say a picture paints a thousand words and that is how I feel about the songs on this album (ok - a touch cheesy there I guess!) - every one seems to imply so much more meaning and deapth than is contained in the lyrics alone.
Favorite track is a nightmare to decide but after having the album for 10 years I'd probably go for Mesmerizing... or 6' 1''... or Stratford-On-Guy... Hmmmm - I'll get back to you on that in a few more years
Try listening to the first track on the album a few times (you can't really tell from first liten I hasten to add - I thought the album was 'ok' when I first heard it) and if you like it you'll like the whole album.
PS - I don't know how people feel about singing along to music in the car etc but there is no way I can listen to this now without singing along!
Most recent customer reviews
What an absolutely wonderful album! I was afraid that I wouldn't like it at first, but from the opening notes of 6'1", I was hooked! Read morePublished on July 1 2004
I first gained interest in Liz after hearing the catchy(but overplayed)"Why Can't I?" on the radio. Then, I heard she used to be an indie rock queen, and after reading all of the... Read morePublished on June 5 2004
I think this CD totally rocks!Liz certainly knows how to write a good song and a good tune.The lyrics are so awesome,they're raw and abusive. Read morePublished on May 6 2004 by HilaryLeslie
That this album became a generational touchstone is unfathomable..esspecially when there are more deserving artists. Read morePublished on April 11 2004 by tony
This album is great. I love Liz Phair's early/original sound a lot better than the stuff she does now. Read morePublished on April 11 2004 by Megzi
Now New liz phair fans may find themselves humming to the awkwardly catchy "Why Can't I"
but Liz Phair is no pop star. She is an Indie Rockstar, still is. Read more
Liz phair is one of the best song writers I ever had the pleasure of listening to. Althow this is not my favorite CD by her I gave it five stars because each of her CD's relate to... Read morePublished on Dec 31 2003 by Emma
Best album of the 1990's...period.
What makes it special is the combination of classic guitar riffs (early Stones) and edgy sonic overlays (J & M Chain). Read more
Simply put, Liz Phair is an amazingly talented musician. She's the only performer I've ever listened to that can't write a rhyme or an ideal hook to save her life... Read morePublished on Nov. 3 2003 by Howard L. Frankel