Liz Phair Still Pushing The Limits
Liz Phair might have left Chicago for Los Angeles. Yes, she was
married. And, OK, she had a baby. But don't think life has mellowed
out the indie rocker.
After a five-year hiatus, Phair will release her fourth album, Liz
Phair (Capitol), on June 24. The record features 14 tracks culled
from extensive recording sessions with collaborators ranging from
Michael Penn to R. Walt Vincent (who's worked with Pete Yorn) to the
Matrix (the hit-making producers behind Avril Lavigne). Musicians
playing on the album include Smashing Pumpkins/Zwan drummer Matt
Chamberlin and Prince and the Revolution/Wendy and Lisa bassist Wendy
Melvoin. Early live performances and song previews (through her
official Liz Phair site)
suggest a move toward a more mainstream, pop-friendly sound; her
lyrics remain as honest as ever.
Renowned for her candid compositions, Phair has no qualms writing
about personal experiences. On her revelatory 1993 debut, Exile in
Guyville, Phair included songs that dealt frankly with sex from a
woman's perspective, such as "Flower" and "Fuck and Run." Liz
Phair is said to include equally strong material, including the
Pete Yorn collaboration "H.W.C." (which includes the line, "Give me
your hot, white come").
First single "Why Can't I" starts quietly enough, but explodes into a
giant chorus, as does "Extraordinary." The two songs chronicle
crushes or unattainable love.
Phair is scheduled to play acoustic shows with the Flaming Lips
primarily on the West Coast before her album's release.
She is also booked to play at New York's Field Day Festival on June
7, along with Beck, Radiohead, Tortoise and many others. Phair is
expected to tour with a full band during July and August.
The track listing for Liz Phair: "Extraordinary," "Red Light
Fever," "Why Can't I," "It's Sweet," "Rock Me," "Take a Look,"
"Little Digger," "Fire Walker," "Favorite," "Love/Hate Transmission,"
"H.W.C.," "My Bionic Eyes," "Friend of Mine" and "Good Love Never
Dies." Brian Orloff [Thursday, May 8, 2003]