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  Liz Phair
Liz Phair One of modern rock’s most cherished artists, credited with everything from Alanis Morissette to my love life, Liz Phair returns triumphantly to the world of music with her first new album since 1994’s half-million-selling Whip-Smart. whitechocolatespaceegg is at once her most interesting and assured record, full of all the candor, insight, and chunky riffage you’ve come to expect, along with some surprises.

Produced in separate but equal parts by Liz herself, Scott Litt (REM), and Brad Wood (the previous two Liz albums), whitechocolatespaceegg is something of a leap from the homespun intimacy of her other work. Its sweeping sound is fleshed out with liberal use of keyboards and organ, ranging from the sultry shimmy of the title track to “Polyester Bride,” perhaps Liz’s first perfect pop song. The lyrics, too, run the gamut from the conversational ramble for which she is perhaps best known (“What Makes You Happy”) to a less literal, more oblique approach (“Big Tall Man”). Fans of her honest, brash sexuality will of course be thrilled by hits like “Johnny Feelgood” (“I never realized I was so dirty and dry/’Til he knocked me down, started dragging me around in the back of his convertible car/And I liked it”), while songs like “Perfect World” have a longing and delicacy which Liz has rarely afforded herself in the past.

Liz Phair has been plenty busy in the four years since ‘Whip-Smart,’ during which time she’s seen the creative and commercial climate for female artists flourish under her influence. The time between records allowed her to choose only the best from a wealth of material, as opposed to the more by-the-seat-of-her-pants attack of the previous two records. She still lives in her hometown of Chicago.

   
 
Exile In Guyville
CD $10.99 catalog# ole051-2
Exile In Guyville
Canary
Whitechocolatespaceegg
CD $16.99 catalog# cap53554
Whitechocolatespaceegg
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Whip-Smart
CD $16.99 catalog# cap54098
Whip-Smart
Whip-Smart
   
 


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