This is an Enhanced CD, which contains both reular audio tracks and multimedia computer files.
Personnel: Liz Phair (vocals, guitar, samples); R. Walt Vincent (electric guitar, guitar, harmonica, Wurlitzer electric piano, bass, background vocals); Buddy Judge (guitar, background vocals); Wendy Melvoin (guitar, bass); Pete Yorn (guitar, drums); Michael Penn (guitar, bass, samples); Corky James (guitar); Patrick Warren (piano, keyboards); Jebin Bruni (keyboards); Mike Elizondo, David Sutton (bass); John Sands, Victor Indrizzo, Matt Chamberlain, Mario Calire, Abe Laboriel Jr. (drums); Lenny Castro (percussion); Alison Clark, The Matrix, The Wizards Of Oz (background vocals).
Producers: The Matrix, Michael Penn, Liz Phair.
This is an Enhanced CD, which contains both regular audio tracks and multimedia computer files.
Indie rock critics and fans have made almost a sport of charting Liz Phair's ever-mutating sound. Phair's music has lived under the microscope, from the homemade Girlysound tapes to the carnally frank lo-fi classic EXILE IN GUYVILLE, the more polished, but still chaotic WHIP-SMART, and the quainter pop of a newly married mom on WHITECHOCOLATESPACEEGG. Emerging from a five-year hiatus, Phair comes out with a self-titled effort sure to give said critics and fans plenty to talk about.
The eponymous title is fitting for the debut of a new Liz, reborn as a pop star. "Why Can't I" would fit smoothly on top 40 radio right next to Avril Lavigne's "Complicated," which is no coincidence considering that Phair heard the song and actively sought out the megahit's production team, the Matrix. Phair's neurotically brash manner hasn't deserted her either; see "Extraordinary" with its assertion "I am just your ordinary average everyday sane psycho-supergoddess." Following a divorce, Phair's raw sexuality is turned loose once more on tracks like "H.W.C." and "Rock Me." While LIZ PHAIR certainly finds the able singer-songwriter about as far from her lauded origins as possible, taken as a pop record, LIZ PHAIR is a well-crafted, enjoyable affair in all its hooky glory.
What the critics say...
Spin (7/03, p.107) - "...What LIZ PHAIR delivers is authenticity..." - Grade: B-
CMJ (6/2/03, p.6) - "...Decidedly more poppy than the already high-gloss sheen of 1998's WHITECHOCOLATESPACEEGG, but...Phair has definitely not lost her edge..."