CD: Liz Phair

Liz Phair
Exile in Guyville
By David Chiu

The best Liz Phair album in recent memory is the recent reissue of her masterpiece Exile in Guyville, now celebrating 15 years in this special expanded edition. It is a reminder of how great she was and still is despite her attempts to become more pop friendly that was evident on her last two albums Liz Phair and Somebody’s Miracle. With its blunt attitude and Rolling Stones-inspired guitar rock sound, Guyville put Phair on the national map as a true female alt-rock star, paving the way for the likes of Alanis Morrisette and Garbage’s Shirley Manson who also evoke depth and boldness. In hindsight, the frank audacity exuded is quite provocative in tracks like “6’ 1”,” “Dance of the Seven Veils,” and “Fuck and Run.” Let’s hope that her new album, scheduled to be out later this year, will be inspired by Guyville for a return to form. (This anniversary edition also contains three bonus tracks and a DVD documentary that tells the story behind the album).

Watch a preview of the DVD documentary of Exile in Guyville:


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