Liz fought with her management to release "Bollywood." In a way, it sets the tone for a lot of the album – angst against the industry bigwigs with shameless exploration of new genres and sounds. She was a cornerstone in the underground early '90s indie rock movement for her songcraft and DIY ethics. But that vague knowledge is useless in this case. Liz Phair caused a commotion but its placid, 2005 sequel Somebody’s Miracle was so uneventful it passed largely unnoticed. Girly-Sound is the name under which singer-songwriter Liz Phair recorded three self-produced cassettes in 1991. Her 1993 debut studio album Exile in Guyville was released to acclaim; it has been ranked by Rolling Stone as one of the “500 Greatest Albums of All Time.” In the early '90s, Liz Phair (due at the Bluebird Theater this Tuesday) started releasing tapes she called Girly Sound. Liz Phair, Category: Artist, Albums: Girly-Sound To Guyville: The 25th Anniversary Box Set, Girly-Sound To Guyville: The 25th Anniversary Box Set (The Girly-Sound Tapes), Funstyle, Somebody's Miracle, Liz Phair, Singles: Good Side, Live @ Yahoo! It’s too inconsistent to make it anything but mediocre. Explore releases from Liz Phair at Discogs. This was Phair's lowest charting album since 1993's Exile in Guyville at #196. "Dance of the Seven Veils" send you into a fit of nervous … A CD version was released on October 19, 2010 on Rocket Science Records. [14] "Why Can't I?" [2], Funstyle has received mixed reviews from music critics. Pitchfork awarded the album 2.6 out of 10, called it "baffling," and stated that the album was ultimately "a shrewd way to lower expectations. Funstyle is the sixth album by Liz Phair, independently released on her official website on July 3, 2010 (see 2010 in music) by Phair. Club's Michaelangelo Matos was equally negative, stating that the tongue-in-cheek songs "aren't especially listenable" and "the seven straighter songs those experiments surround have just as little to recommend them."[7]. Her sound developed at the turn of the century into something more akin to pop or adult contemporary. For example, the opener “Smoke” starts with a lot of “fuck the industry” sarcastic voice-overs against a catchy, electronic mash-up beat. Following Whip-Smart, Phair released Juvenilia, a collection of some early Girly Sound tracks and several B-sides, including her cover of the 1980 song by The Vapors, "Turning Japanese." Liz Phair is the fourth studio album by American singer-songwriter Liz Phair, released June 24, 2003 on Capitol Records. The three CDs come in … Funstyle takes everything you know about Liz Phair, mixes it up with oil and vinegar and hopes that something tasteful will come out of the mix. Funstyle was Phair's first album after leaving Capitol Records. Liz Phair’s indelible, essential debut album has been reissued with three crucial bedroom tapes that further define the innovative and unselfconscious songwriting from early in her career. Other reviewers were far more critical of the album, however. White Babies 03:15 02. They are just anemic, so-so tracks on an album that should be so much more than that. Maybe “You Should Know Me” is something the die-hard Liz Phair fans are holding out for, but it’s a downer after hearing Phair stick it to convention. It combined elements of indie rock, pop, and rap. Liz Phair (2003) Comeandgetit (2003; EP) Somebody's Miracle (2005) Funstyle (2010) Girlysound (2010; bonus compilation disc of demo songs to accompany the physical release of Funstyle) She's also famous for the Girly Sound (or Girlysound) tapes, which contain Liz's pre-1993 lo-fi demos. I found myself really liking a lot of the songs in which she stretched herself and thought outside the box, taking the time to explore new genres and sounds. A music video was made for "And He Slayed Her", and premiered on May 21, 2012. But here is the thing you need to know about these songs and the ones coming next: These are all me. (Said fight actually inspired another similar song, "U Hate It.") In 2018, it was announced that Phair's former label, Matador, would be releasing a 25th-anniversary retrospective set for her debut album, Exile in Guyville; the set, titled Girly-Sound to Guyville, includes remasters of Phair's 1991 Girly Sound demo tapes from the original sources, and is … “Funstyle” was Liz Phair’s sixth studio album. "[4] Likewise, a review by Tiny Mix Tapes praised the album and stated: "she has crafted above all else an experience, and one that is entertaining and rewarding in ways that few records can be. ", "Miss September", and "Bollywood". Shane 08:04 03. If you’re going to say “Fuck you” to the tired conventions of the old Liz Phair, at least do so with more style and conviction instead of the hodgepodge of genres that make up this unbalanced album. He heard my Girly-Sound tapes, and I was stuck living at home. Liz Phair (born Elizabeth Clark Phair on April 17, 1967 in New Haven, Connecticut) is an American singer-songwriter and guitarist. Elizabeth Clark “Liz” Phair (born April 17, 1967) is an American singer, songwriter, and guitarist.. She began her career in the early 1990s by self-releasing audio cassettes under the name Girly Sound, before signing with the independent record label Matador Records. But then it wheels wildly off track with a foray into acoustic sympathetic sap. About Liz Phair. referencing Funstyle, 2xCD, Album, RSV 028 Savaged by a lot of critics, especially younger Pitchfork-esque writers who found it profoundly uncool. [15][16] The A.V. These songs lost me my management, my record deal and a lot of nights of sleep. It includes a bonus disc containing ten songs from her famed Girly-Sound tapes. "EXCLUSIVE Premiere Of Liz Phair's New Music Video For And He Slayed Her! Juvenilia is an EP released by American singer-songwriter Liz Phair in August 1995. As if to further rub salt into the hipsters' wounds this issue of Funstyle comes complete with Girlstyle, a second disk of material from Phair’s early days as Girly Sound. Reviewing website Metacritic gave the album a score of 51 out of 100, which indicates "mixed or average reviews". Growing out of the American underground of the late '80s, Liz Phair fused lo-fi indie rock production techniques with the sensibility and structure of classic singer/songwriters. 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Contrary to what many reviews have said, it’s not… bad. I'm as surprised as you are. Speaking of this album, Phair posted the following message on her website: How To Like It. Funstyle peaked at #181 on the Billboard 200. "[13] Prior to signing with Matador, Phair had a reputation on the groovy fanzine circuit owing to her home-made Girly Sound cassettes, actual samples of which can be heard on the Juvenilia mini-album. Land of Talk break the odds in SLC (9/26), Album Review: Sufjan Stevens – The Age of Adz, King Crimson's Robert Fripp and Wife Toyah Unveil Cheerleader Rendition of Billy Idol's "Rebel Yell": Watch, Joe Biden and Kamala Harris Share Inauguration Playlist: Kendrick Lamar, MF DOOM, Tame Impala, Ronnie Spector Issues Statement on Death of Abusive Ex-Husband Phil Spector, New Radicals to Reunite for Joe Biden's Inaugural Parade, The Decemberists' The King Is Dead and the End of the Americana Craze. Same goes for “Satisfied” and “He Slayed Her” – the former with Dave Matthews on board. It’s not that Phair has gone in a new direction; it’s that she has done so with a lot of inconsistency. It’s strange to hear how pre-Exile in Guysville Phair compares to Funstyle. Liz Phair has returned from a five-year musical hiatus with Funstyle, an album that possesses a buttload of ammunition against the music industry and her … The label put out an … As of July 2010, the album had sold 433,000 copies. Six Dick Pimp 11:26 04. ‘6’1”’ Phair may be diminutive in stature, but not in bravado, as she stares down her target on Exile In … Liz Phair began her career in the early 1990s by self-releasing audio cassettes under the name Girly Sound, before signing with the independent record label Matador Records. So what’s a songwriter with more than 17 years in the business to do? She could have gone one way or the other, but she picked the middle ground, which just doesn’t work in this situation. Phair began production on the album with Michael Penn. There are some songs like “My My”, which is catchy, well-written, and honest, and”Bang! Her new-found sound is exciting and hopeful; her old sound is still apparent for her fans– but there needed to be a choice made somewhere before this album was produced. Liz Phair (2003) Comeandgetit (2003; EP) Somebody's Miracle (2005) Funstyle (2010) Girlysound (2010; bonus compilation disc of demo songs to accompany the physical release of Funstyle) She's also famous for the Girly Sound (or Girlysound) tapes, which contain Liz's pre-1993 lo-fi demos. It works individually but not as a whole. Then there is Girlysound, the collection of b-sides and rarities. Ultimately, Liz won. Love them, or hate them, but don't mistake them for anything other than an entirely personal, un-tethered-from-the-machine, free for all view of the world, refracted through my own crazy lens. But let’s get to the current record first. It has some rough edges, but it's far more interesting than the two prior albums, both the industry's idea of what a Liz Phair album should sound … A CD version was released on October 19, 2010 on Rocket Science Records. This item: Girly-Sound To Guyville: The 25th Anniversary Box Set by Liz Phair Vinyl $96.46 Only 4 left in stock - order soon. That’s not to say I don’t appreciate what Phair is doing here on Funstyle— she’s just gone about it the wrong way. Artist information Sort name: Phair, Liz Type: Person Gender: Female Born: 1967-04-17 (53 years ago) Born in: New Haven, Connecticut, United States Area: United States ISNI code: 0000 0001 1742 3833 Keep Circulating the Tapes: Aside from Juvenilia and the upcoming Girlysound disc, Liz's pre-1993 demos can only be found on the Girly Sound bootlegs. "Fuck or Die" Does "Flower" make you blush? This just sounds like something she would have done years ago and does nothing to help her plight in finding a new sound, nor does it fit with her first two tracks. Photo by Elizabeth Weinberg Music News Liz Phair Liz Phair is releasing her new album next year after signing with the relaunched Chrysalis Records. She releases her off-the-wall, weird fireback Funstyle, packaged with Girlysound, a collection of rarities and demos that predate her 1993 debut Exile in Guysville. Ships from and sold by Amazon.com. Shop for Vinyl, CDs and more from Liz Phair at the Discogs Marketplace. Yes, I rapped one of them. Liz Phair (2003) Comeandgetit (2003; EP) Somebody's Miracle (2005) Funstyle (2010) Girlysound (2010; bonus compilation disc of demo songs to accompany the physical release of Funstyle) She's also famous for the Girly Sound (or Girlysound) tapes, which contain Liz's pre-1993 lo-fi demos. And that’s the problem with Funstyle. In 2018, it was announced that Phair's former label, Matador, would be releasing a 25th-anniversary retrospective set for her debut album, Exile in Guyville; the set, titled Girly Sound to Guyville, includes remasters of Phair's 1991 demo tapes recorded under the moniker Girly Sound from the original sources, and was released May 4. [3] Though the album's reviews were not generally positive, it was still better-received than her self-titled 2003 release. Self-produced, Chicago, 1991 00:00 Tape 1 - Yo Yo Buddy Yup Yup Word to Ya Muthuh 00:00 01. It includes a bonus disc containing ten songs from her famed Girly-Sound tapes.[1]. Though I’m not a big fan of Liz Phair or any coffee-house “rocker” for that matter, what I know of Phair from the 90’s resonates pleasantly in my head. Phair is obviously no stranger to criticism; her self-titled fourth album was blasted by fans and critics alike for “selling out.” Her next album, Somebody’s Miracle, fared only a little better. I just wish she really went balls out and committed herself to one particular sound and movement. These early tapes revealed a wide … These songs aren’t bad. You were never supposed to hear these songs. The music is so good, the remastering very clear, and the inclusion of the Girly Sound tapes with Exile in one package creates a wonderful insight into Liz’s creative process. However, and it’s a big however, the packaging is cheap and shoddy. This is a missed opportunity. I'll keep sending you postcards. Liz Phair debuted at #27 on the Billboard 200. There’s a lot to process here, and that’s part of the problem. Exile in Guyville, her gold-selling debut album, was enthusiastically praised upon its 1993 release, and spawned a rash of imitators during the following years, particularly American female singer/songwriters. The lyrics that appear on Phair's arm on the album cover are partial lyrics to the songs "Satisfied", "Bang! The next song, “Bollywood”, speaks for itself: Phair raps (yes, raps) over a Bollywood beat and digresses her progression over her career. Bang! If only all of Funstyle was made with the same acuteness of these songs. ABOUT — THE OFFICIAL SITE FOR LIZ PHAIR Liz began her career in the early 1990s by self-releasing audio cassettes under the name Girly Sound, before signing … Some reviews of the album were complimentary. All tracks are written by Liz Phair, except where noted. Though a consummate songwriter, Liz Phair is best known for her pre-Lilith feminist leanings. I like the braveness she exuded by leaving her label, and I understand the consequences of branching out from her genre when it garnered criticism before. Allmusic's Stephen Thomas Erlewine awarded the album 3 and a half out of 5 stars, remarking "it’s actually terribly refreshing to hear Phair so loose," and stating the album shows that Liz Phair "is on her way to once again being a compelling artist unafraid to take risks. Nothing really stands out in these sparse recordings, except for the involved “Love Song” and “Don’t Hold Your Breath”, but I guess it gives inquisitive Phair fans something to gnash their teeth on, should her new concept not appeal to them. Bang!” which is a slinky, low-key song with electronic moodiness that suits Phair’s sincere vocals and provides a fitting bridge between the new and old. Sounding fifty years younger with a reedy, impassioned voice the polarity between the two albums couldn't be anymore stark. They prove that Phair can move in a new direction, regardless of what her label (or ex-label says). (She also remade songs from both for the LPs.) 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