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Expectations ran extremely high for Liz Phair's follow-up to Exile in Guyville, one of the most critically acclaimed debut albums of all time. If there are flaws in this generally first-rate follow-up, they mostly arise in comparison with Guyville, a record of such unexpected impact that most anything Phair could have done may have been found lacking. She continues to explore sex and relationships with exhilarating frankness and celebration, employing her much-touted profanity to a conversational rather than a sensational effect. The sound is somewhat more produced, though still pretty basic, and the compositions are by and large tuneful and lyrically intriguing. It's not, after all is said and done, quite as striking as Guyville; like many sophomore efforts, it mines similar territory without making huge strides forward. Several songs are reprised from her widely circulated Girlysound demo tapes, and in some instances the more heavily produced, self-consciously ingenious arrangements here suffer in comparison to their blueprints. The title track, one of the highlights of those tapes, comes off as particularly gimmicky in its new incarnation, with the addition of all manner of superfluous animal noises. There's no question that Phair is a major songwriter and artist, but this album is more a solidification of her talents than a breakthrough statement.
© Richie Unterberger /TiVo

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1
Chopsticks
00:02:05

Brad Wood, Mixer, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Liz Phair, Composer, Producer, Piano, Vocals, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Roger Seibel, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - John Henderson, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Casey Rice, Mixer, Engineer, StudioPersonnel

(C) 1994 Capitol Records, Inc.. All rights reserved. Unauthorized reproduction is a violation of applicable laws. Manufactured by Capitol Records, Inc., 1750 North Vine Street, Hollywood, CA 90028. ℗ 1994 Capitol Records

2
Supernova
00:02:48

Brad Wood, Mixer, Drums, Engineer, Percussion, AssociatedPerformer, StudioPersonnel - Liz Phair, Producer, Guitar, Vocals, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Roger Seibel, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Leroy Bach, AssociatedPerformer, Bass (Vocal) - Casey Rice, Mixer, Engineer, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer, StudioPersonnel

(C) 1994 Capitol Records, Inc.. All rights reserved. Unauthorized reproduction is a violation of applicable laws. Manufactured by Capitol Records, Inc., 1750 North Vine Street, Hollywood, CA 90028. ℗ 1994 Capitol Records

3
Support System
00:02:58

Brad Wood, Mixer, Drums, Engineer, Synthesizer, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer, StudioPersonnel, Bass (Vocal) - Liz Phair, Composer, Producer, Guitar, Vocals, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Roger Seibel, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Casey Rice, Mixer, Engineer, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer, StudioPersonnel

(C) 1994 Capitol Records, Inc.. All rights reserved. Unauthorized reproduction is a violation of applicable laws. Manufactured by Capitol Records, Inc., 1750 North Vine Street, Hollywood, CA 90028. ℗ 1994 Capitol Records

4
X-Ray Man
00:02:13

Brad Wood, Mixer, Drums, Engineer, Percussion, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer, StudioPersonnel - Liz Phair, Composer, Producer, Electric Guitar, Vocals, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Roger Seibel, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Leroy Bach, AssociatedPerformer, Bass (Vocal) - Casey Rice, Mixer, Engineer, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer, StudioPersonnel

(C) 1994 Capitol Records, Inc.. All rights reserved. Unauthorized reproduction is a violation of applicable laws. Manufactured by Capitol Records, Inc., 1750 North Vine Street, Hollywood, CA 90028. ℗ 1994 Capitol Records

5
Shane
00:04:12

Brad Wood, Mixer, Engineer, Percussion, AssociatedPerformer, StudioPersonnel - Liz Phair, Composer, Producer, Guitar, Vocals, Synthesizer, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Roger Seibel, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Casey Rice, Mixer, Engineer, StudioPersonnel

(C) 1994 Capitol Records, Inc.. All rights reserved. Unauthorized reproduction is a violation of applicable laws. Manufactured by Capitol Records, Inc., 1750 North Vine Street, Hollywood, CA 90028. ℗ 1994 Capitol Records

6
Nashville
00:04:42

Brad Wood, Mixer, Drums, Engineer, Saxophone, Synthesizer, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer, StudioPersonnel - Liz Phair, Composer, Producer, Guitar, Vocals, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Roger Seibel, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Casey Rice, Mixer, Engineer, Percussion, AssociatedPerformer, StudioPersonnel

(C) 1994 Capitol Records, Inc.. All rights reserved. Unauthorized reproduction is a violation of applicable laws. Manufactured by Capitol Records, Inc., 1750 North Vine Street, Hollywood, CA 90028. ℗ 1994 Capitol Records

7
Go West
00:03:17

Brad Wood, Mixer, Drums, Engineer, Keyboards, AssociatedPerformer, StudioPersonnel, Bass (Vocal) - Liz Phair, Composer, Producer, Guitar, Vocals, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Roger Seibel, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Casey Rice, Mixer, Engineer, StudioPersonnel

(C) 1994 Capitol Records, Inc.. All rights reserved. Unauthorized reproduction is a violation of applicable laws. Manufactured by Capitol Records, Inc., 1750 North Vine Street, Hollywood, CA 90028. ℗ 1994 Capitol Records

8
Cinco De Mayo
00:02:43

Brad Wood, Mixer, Drums, Engineer, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer, StudioPersonnel, Bass (Vocal) - Liz Phair, Composer, Producer, Guitar, Vocals, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Roger Seibel, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Casey Rice, Mixer, Engineer, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer, StudioPersonnel

(C) 1994 Capitol Records, Inc.. All rights reserved. Unauthorized reproduction is a violation of applicable laws. Manufactured by Capitol Records, Inc., 1750 North Vine Street, Hollywood, CA 90028. ℗ 1994 Capitol Records

9
Dogs Of L.A.
00:02:21

Brad Wood, Mixer, Drums, Engineer, AssociatedPerformer, StudioPersonnel - Liz Phair, Composer, Producer, Guitar, Vocals, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Roger Seibel, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Casey Rice, Mixer, Engineer, StudioPersonnel

(C) 1994 Capitol Records, Inc.. All rights reserved. Unauthorized reproduction is a violation of applicable laws. Manufactured by Capitol Records, Inc., 1750 North Vine Street, Hollywood, CA 90028. ℗ 1994 Capitol Records

10
Whip-Smart
00:04:18

Brad Wood, Mixer, Drums, Engineer, Guitar, Synthesizer, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer, StudioPersonnel, Bass (Vocal) - Liz Phair, Composer, Producer, Guitar, Vocals, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Roger Seibel, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Casey Rice, Mixer, Engineer, StudioPersonnel

(C) 1994 Capitol Records, Inc.. All rights reserved. Unauthorized reproduction is a violation of applicable laws. Manufactured by Capitol Records, Inc., 1750 North Vine Street, Hollywood, CA 90028. ℗ 1994 Capitol Records

11
Jealousy
00:03:37

Brad Wood, Mixer, Drums, Engineer, AssociatedPerformer, StudioPersonnel, Bass (Vocal) - Liz Phair, Composer, Producer, Guitar, Vocals, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Roger Seibel, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Casey Rice, Mixer, Engineer, StudioPersonnel

(C) 1994 Capitol Records, Inc.. All rights reserved. Unauthorized reproduction is a violation of applicable laws. Manufactured by Capitol Records, Inc., 1750 North Vine Street, Hollywood, CA 90028. ℗ 1994 Capitol Records

12
Crater Lake
00:02:06

Brad Wood, Mixer, Drums, Engineer, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer, StudioPersonnel, Bass (Vocal) - Liz Phair, Composer, Producer, Guitar, Vocals, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Roger Seibel, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Casey Rice, Mixer, Engineer, StudioPersonnel

(C) 1994 Capitol Records, Inc.. All rights reserved. Unauthorized reproduction is a violation of applicable laws. Manufactured by Capitol Records, Inc., 1750 North Vine Street, Hollywood, CA 90028. ℗ 1994 Capitol Records

13
Alice Springs
00:01:50

Brad Wood, Mixer, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Liz Phair, Composer, Producer, Vocals, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Roger Seibel, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Casey Rice, Mixer, Engineer, StudioPersonnel

(C) 1994 Capitol Records, Inc.. All rights reserved. Unauthorized reproduction is a violation of applicable laws. Manufactured by Capitol Records, Inc., 1750 North Vine Street, Hollywood, CA 90028. ℗ 1994 Capitol Records

14
May Queen
00:02:42

Brad Wood, Mixer, Drums, Engineer, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer, StudioPersonnel, Bass (Vocal) - Liz Phair, Composer, Producer, Guitar, Piano, Vocals, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Roger Seibel, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Casey Rice, Mixer, Engineer, StudioPersonnel

(C) 1994 Capitol Records, Inc.. All rights reserved. Unauthorized reproduction is a violation of applicable laws. Manufactured by Capitol Records, Inc., 1750 North Vine Street, Hollywood, CA 90028. ℗ 1994 Capitol Records

Album Description

Expectations ran extremely high for Liz Phair's follow-up to Exile in Guyville, one of the most critically acclaimed debut albums of all time. If there are flaws in this generally first-rate follow-up, they mostly arise in comparison with Guyville, a record of such unexpected impact that most anything Phair could have done may have been found lacking. She continues to explore sex and relationships with exhilarating frankness and celebration, employing her much-touted profanity to a conversational rather than a sensational effect. The sound is somewhat more produced, though still pretty basic, and the compositions are by and large tuneful and lyrically intriguing. It's not, after all is said and done, quite as striking as Guyville; like many sophomore efforts, it mines similar territory without making huge strides forward. Several songs are reprised from her widely circulated Girlysound demo tapes, and in some instances the more heavily produced, self-consciously ingenious arrangements here suffer in comparison to their blueprints. The title track, one of the highlights of those tapes, comes off as particularly gimmicky in its new incarnation, with the addition of all manner of superfluous animal noises. There's no question that Phair is a major songwriter and artist, but this album is more a solidification of her talents than a breakthrough statement.
© Richie Unterberger /TiVo

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