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  • Summary: After the critical lashing for her previous pop-oriented album, the singer-songwriter enlisted John Alagia (Dave Matthews Band, John Mayer) to produce this follow-up set.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 18
  2. Negative: 3 out of 18
  1. Foregrounding the self-doubt that was a quiet but insistent subtext on the eponymous album, producer John Shanks provides unobtrusive arrangements and lets Phair strum more electric guitar; this is a singer-songwriter record, like Exile On Guyville. It’s also warmer than its predecessor.
  2. On Somebody's Miracle, Phair is more confident than on her previous mass-appeal bid, 2003's Liz Phair.
  3. Most tracks have a commercial sheen that makes the songs sound like they were custom-made to be played in the background of pivotal scenes on The O.C.
  4. While Somebody's Miracle marks an improvement over Liz Phair, there's still nothing revolutionary, or even memorable, happening here.
  5. What's disappointing about Somebody's Miracle is not so much a matter of genre, tone or production sheen, but that Phair has made herself indistinguishable by falling in line. [#11, p.112]
  6. If she still manages to retain a major label recording contract after this bomb, that'll be the real miracle.
  7. The type of banal, greeting-card rubbish that even Diane Warren would probably find trite.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 17 out of 25
  2. Negative: 6 out of 25
  1. JasonK
    Oct 4, 2005
    10
    Beautiful crafty Album
  2. dan
    Oct 5, 2005
    10
    classic liz!
  3. BradT
    Oct 16, 2005
    10
    I'm totally digging the new Liz Phair. How can anyone in his or her right mind give this a zero? You've gotta be an airhead if you have been as long a fan as I have since the early, early days of Girlysounds. Come on, there are some really cool and classic Liz songs on here. There is some weak filler stuff but I can even listen to those songs because it adds to the anticipation feeling I get waiting for songs like Got My Own Thing, Wind and the Mountain, Why I Lie, Everything (Between Us), Giving it All, Leap of Innocence, Table for One, Closer to You and if you have the extra of Can't Get out of what I'm into. I listen to the whole album and have grown to like it as much as any Liz Phair album. It is far from zero material. At it's worst is still probably more like a 5 without the songs mentioned above. Expand
  4. JjKelle
    Oct 4, 2005
    9
    I great album and a huge step up from the self-titled. This is the Liz Phair I fell in love with.
  5. LevisO
    Oct 3, 2005
    8
    A massive improvement on the self titled. Still not up there with Guyville nor wcse but a great album. Welcome back, Liz.
  6. KatieW
    Oct 4, 2005
    4
    People might like this album only becuase it is Liz Phair. Or people might hate this album only becuase it is Liz Phair. If you take her name off the album and just judge it sonically, the ablum is subpar. Mediocore at best. The vocals can not stand up to the way to glossy production. It sounds very run of the mill. Expand
  7. [Anonymous]
    Oct 4, 2005
    0
    awful

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