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Exile In Guyville
Liz Phair
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Reviewed: 7/20/2008 by Ryan

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Liz Phair’s debut album was probably one of the best debut albums ever released. She’s never matched the album, and she’s never escaped it’s shadow kind of looming over everything she does. Her 1994 debut is one of the most critically acclaimed independent albums of all time. On “Exile in Guyville” Phair showcases some extremely heartfelt songs that are made twice as special because the production matches their mood in grittiness and it’s an album that just works. Recently ATO Records rereleased Liz Phair’s debut album with a few bonus things in the package. There are three extra B-sides tracks on the disc- making the track number an astounding 21. Moreover, the B-sides tracks aren’t anything to scoff at with a puzzler being “Say You” and why it was left off the album. Also included in the package is a DVD documentary about the making of “Exile in Guyville” that although is pretty rough around the edges has some pretty good info on it. It’s a documentary made by Phair herself and that in itself is fairly distinctive. There are interviews with Dave Matthews, John Cusack, Ira Glass, and few other people who had something to do with the launching of Liz’s career and the launching of this album. A good bundle, ATO’s rerelease of “Exile in Guyville” is a great set for fans who cherish this album. And it’s a necessary listen for people who only know Phair for her lone hit in this decade “Why Can’t I.” There’s an amazing artist in Phair- and this is the release that showcases that the most.

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