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Exile in Guyville

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Artist: Liz Phair
Genre: Rock/Pop
Release Date: January 1993

Review by LarryG
4 stars out of 4

This debut, formatted as a response to the Rolling Stones' Exile on Main Street, is a fascinating self portrait. Exile has the feeling of a bright young woman's diary. The most immediate impression is made by deliberately provocative songs like Dance of the Seven Veils, F**k and Run & Flower, where she sings "I want to be your blow job queen." They show a youthful urge to shock and establish a distinctive identity and have the feeling of play acting. On closer inspection, the songs are both confident and confused, showy and thoughtful. Phair shows her ambivalence on songs like Canary and Divorce Song. Neither her singing nor her playing is great but it's always interesting, relaxed and distinctive. The musical settings are varied but always have a personal feeling whether it's basically just her and her guitar on songs like Glory and Dance of the Seven Veils or on likeable loose limbed band rockers like 6'1", Help Me Mary and Never Said. Exile in Guyville is consistently very listenable, introducing an interesting new talent who felt she had an interesting personality to share with the world and was right.



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