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Please try again later. Verified Purchase. Ever feel like you're living in a Monty Python movie? Remember the scene in "The Life of Brian" where Brian tells the masses outside his window that they must learn to think for themselves, and the crowd replies in unison, "Yes, we must learn to think for ourselves! That's what it seems like when I read the same story, over and over again, about the "sell-out" this CD Album). You people need to learn to think for yourselves! Have we reached a point of lo-fi snobbery that nothing is good that wasn't recorded on a Teac 4-track cassette deck in somebody's basement?
Is tape hiss, saturation, and accidental distortion a sign of higher art? Ever wonder what the world was like when Bob Dylan strapped on the electric guitar for the first time at that folk festival?
Liz Phair is an artist trying to grow, and in that growth has put everything into play, assuming nothing. There are NO bad songs on this CD.
You dont' even get to my favorite cut, "My Bionic Eyes", until track 12! This should have been the single, folks! It is an incredibly solid collection of melodic, hooky, intelligent songs that just keeps blasting away at you. When's the last time you listened to a CD with so much depth? And it's just getting started. I think this would have made a much better closer than "Good Love Never Dies", which is the only thing that even remotely resembles filler on this effort.
Honestly, if when an artist releases something as great as this we do nothing but complain about it because its not like the last thing an artist did, then we deserve whatever pre-processed garbage we get from the music industry.
Here's hoping that Liz Phair finds a way to escape what's becoming her "Elvis Costello" syndrome of producing great records that just can't seem to break through, but everyone considers to be classics 20 years from now. I'll appreciate this one now, thank you. That is to say, the reviewer was bemoaning that EIG was this and EIG was that and the new album lacked both and on and on and on. Personally, I think that's rubbish. EIG was a great sound but the what made it great was the trademark Phair catchy tunes that follow you around all day and her sugesstive, frank and empathetic lyrics.
In these points, this album certainly delivers in spades. Granted, it is a more poppy sound. More so than any previous one, but "popiness" is not necessarilly a bad thing. There are equal parts of pop, depth, catch and Why Can't I and Extraordinary are classics. Great album. If you liked any other Phair, you will not be disappointed. I've read a number of reviews of this record that were just scathing - really nasty stuff typically reserved for say, Pia Zadora or Abba back before Abba became kitsch cool or whatever they've become.
I liked Liz Phair's previous records and was curious why the reaction to this one has been so hostile. So I bought it. Proves you should only trust your own ears. Liz Phair the record is intended to be anthemic power pop - and that's what it is.
The production is big and ringy and the songs are catchy as hell. If you like that, you'll love it. If not, well, it's like criticizing opera for not being waltz. Liz Phair's low-fi original records were interesting because they managed to be both shocking and surprising - a girl singing about sex and loneliness at the same time, with no hint of marketing shock tactics or slick production - it was a point of view we hadn't heard.
Okay, she did that, said what she had to say, and now she's on to something else. It still has an edge, but it's something different. The lyrics are interesting, the medlodies memorable. I liked it a lot. And that's saying something at a time when contemporary music is mostly about lawyers suing music lovers and boring records that are more marketing than music.
One person found this helpful. Anyone who doesn't think Liz Phair's self titled release isn't pure pop genius is one of three things: 1:Biased over the fact that she had "the matrix team" work on some songs and is any way associated with Avril Lavigne.
They want to keep her for themselves. This cd is so good that I haven't listened to hardly anything else since last summer and with every listen it just sounds fresher and better. There are few other cds that I can say this about. When I read reviewers saying how different this cd is from her past work I'm thinking maybe you haven't even been truly listening.
See all reviews. Top reviews from other countries. Translate all reviews to English. I can't believe i missed this lady. I love music, and yet, i had never heard of her. I have been playing this in my car, since i bought it. A great find. Report abuse. Archived from the original on March 22, Archived from the original on November 30, Retrieved November 26, April 17, Archived from the original on October 9, Archived from the original on July 2, September 30, Retrieved December 4, Figub Brazlevic [Video]" in German.
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