Liz Phair - Liz Phair
Liz Phair Image

Mixed or average reviews - based on 21 Critics What's this?

User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 92 Ratings

Your Score
0 out of 10
Rate this:
  • 10
  • 9
  • 8
  • 7
  • 6
  • 5
  • 4
  • 3
  • 2
  • 1
  • 0
  • 0
  • Summary: The far-from-prolific singer-songwriter's fourth album finds a 36-year-old Liz Phair trying to be... Avril Lavigne? Yes, her sound has changed quite a bit since her acclaimed 1993 debut 'Exile in Guyville,' taking on a glossy pop sheen on this release, thanks to production by the Matrix (as well as Michael Penn and Pete Yorn, we might add--but the Matrix????). Expand
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 21
  2. Negative: 11 out of 21
  1. An honestly fun summer disc. [Jun 27/Jul 4 2003, p.136]
  2. 80
    Beneath the highlights, she's still a messy troublemaker whose brain is as spicy as the rest of her body. [#17, p.146]
  3. 67
    Boilerplate MOR.... But what Liz Phair delivers is authenticity. [Jul 2003, p.107]
  4. Embarrassing. [Dec 2003, p.134]
  5. Upon hearing the endless barrage of banalities on Liz Phair, it's hard not to feel scorned by the trite and shrill pop songwriting. [#5, p.106]
  6. Where she used to be smart and provocative, Phair has become crass and bloated, her lyrics crude and her image apparently a grotesque exercise in self-parody.
  7. Liz Phair proves so ultimately unnecessary, it might as well not even exist.

See all 21 Critic Reviews

Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 49 out of 71
  2. Negative: 18 out of 71
  1. TAE
    Dec 6, 2010
    MEAT you truly are a meathead. No it's no OK Computer but don't call someone a moron and that go off and try to make Pavement look like they're so groundbreaking and influencial. All there are is Sonic Youth with Ben Stein as the lead singer instead of Thurston or Kim. Liz will never be anything like Pavement and thank God for that. Liz has actual passion and emotion which is something Pavement no NOTHING about. SELLING OUT to Pavement would be if they actually sang instead of sounding like they're going into a coma. Liz was starting to sound that way in Guyville: "Baby I'm Tired!!!!!!!!!!!!!....of fighting." Yeah I'm starting to like Guyville a bit more than I used to but like all her albums minus spaceegg it is flawed. It's not teeny booper and thank God it's not lo-fi. She's making money. Lo Fi is for bands who are struggling. When you make money you use it to produce higher quality albums and as long as it's good who cares if it's pop. PJ Harvey was one of the most acclaimed and respected artists of the last 15 years. Her music is still great but she doesn't have the following she used to. It's hard being a female musican to keep the "fans" interested in you after all these years and even critics will ignore you no matter how good an album you make ("White Chalk") and Liz here, even if you consider her to be at her worst, made an album better than anything Pavement will ever put out. Expand
  2. Sep 22, 2010
    Liz really did a good job on the album!!!!!!!. "Why Can't I": was the most popular song the yuear it came out....Such good lyrics and sounds.....I still dont know how this album only got a 40 Expand
  3. Aug 14, 2010
    The sound is surprisingly good. Liz slides into this radio friendly sound well and it's catchy and fun. A roll down the windows pop knockout and it's all helped by *gasp* the producers sparkly, layered pop production skills but...the lyrics are awful. they are like a parody of her earlier work and induce cringes on occasion and after such a great trilogy of albums before it, it doesn't matter how catchy and shiny it is. it lacks what made Liz great which leaves this as simply a catchy pop album and a confusingly shallow one at that. Expand

See all 71 User Reviews