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WhiteChocolateSpaceEgg

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All-Reviews.com Music Review: WhiteChocolateSpaceEgg

Artist: Liz Phair
Genre: Rock/Pop
Release Date: August 1998


Review by LarryG
3 stars out of 4

Liz caught the alternative rock world's attention trying to shock us with her tales of unsafe sex on Exile in Guyville, getting called the thinking man's Madonna. The music was often as nontraditionial as the lyrics. Then came Whip Smart, where she tried, with mixed results to make a basically mainstream rock record. The latest one is also in the mainstream but now that she's a wife and mom, she sounds more comfortable there. On Polyester Bride, her character gets told off for acting like a silly girl. There's some filler but most of the record works:the ridiculously catchy What Makes You Happy, the cool electronic pop of Headache and the beautiful Perfect World. The lyrics range pretty wildly from the wry Uncle Alvarez, about the imaginary accomplishments a family attributes to the guy in the picture on the wall to the fairly stupid Johnny Feelgood, another tribute to a jerk who knows how to serve her woman's needs.

Review by MusicBox
3 stars out of 4

It seems as though Liz Phair's decision to settle down with a husband and new baby has caused profound changes in her music. Her latest album Whitechocolatespaceegg is a bit of a departure from her previous ablums where the songs focused on one night stands and blow jobs. Phair's delightful guitar playing and catchy lyrics make this album an instant classic. It's hard not fall in love with each and every song as Phair shows us her softer side. The title track White Chocolate Space Egg begins the album and the sentimental Girls' Room rounds it out with Phair lamenting about her young girlfriends and their popularity. Although Phair reveals some of her insecurities in Perfect World, she lets a little of her cynical side poke through with Shitloads of Money, with the line "it's nice to be liked, but it's better by far to get paid."

Somewhere between Indie and Folk, Phair lays the groundwork for a classic with this album. With strange melodies behind her, Phairs unusual, full voice completes each song into tunes that are hard not to sing along to. While Whitechocolatespaceegg may not be the edgy must-own album that Exile In Guyville (one of her previous albums) is, it's hard to ignore this album as one of Phair's best. As husband, baby, and Phair make three, it seems as though domestic life has complimented Phair well. If you like PJ Harvey or Elliott Smith, you will have no choice but to fall in love with Whitechocolatespaceegg.

Here's what others reviewers have to say:

"...The softer songs...are engagingly intimate....The harder, more upbeat numbers are playful and pop-y, with just enough dry humor to keep them from floating away....WHITECHOCOLATESPACEEGG explores the dynamics of marital endurance..." 4 Stars (out of 5)  Rolling Stone  8/20/98, p.107

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