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  • Summary: The first full-length studio release for the indie singer-songwriter was produced by Brad Wood.
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  1. Positive: 13 out of 17
  2. Negative: 0 out of 17
  1. 100
    These are all songs that, just like the rest of Phair’s finest moments, have a delicious knack for becoming lodged in your brain.
  2. Jun 4, 2021
    85
    The final product is catchy, absorbing, and entirely unashamed, bearing the sort of intimate honesty of a classic Liz Phair record, but finishing with a glaze of straightforward hindsight.
  3. Jun 4, 2021
    80
    ‘Soberish’ sounds more like her early work, with its lo-fi stylings and ramshackle guitars. Lyrically, this record teases her more sentimental side, but even then, she openly admits to not wanting to reveal her true self to the listener.
  4. Jun 3, 2021
    70
    The moments here that feel most genuinely lived-in are the ones where she opens up and demonstrates her unique genius at articulating the real life hope, fear, disappointment, and ambivalence of an inveterate romantic who wanders through life always on guard against getting burned by her own desires.
  5. 70
    A cohesive record, on Soberish Phair sounds polished, clean and equipped with a new arsenal of songs about breakups, addiction and small glimpses into her inner workings.
  6. Jun 3, 2021
    67
    Soberish starts off strong, opening with the infectious “Spanish Doors” and building to “Hey Lou,” whose chorus is the most invasive earworm on an album that has plenty of them. ... And while the orchestral elements add some much-needed texture, too many of the songs unfold at the same midtempo pace, an effect that makes the title track, for one, seem much longer than it actually is.
  7. 40
    Musically, this is unforgivably mediocre. A memorable chorus will occasionally appear from nowhere, as on Hey Lou (and Soul Sucker wins points for its unexpected nod to Blue Boy’s Remember Me), but for the most part the coffee-table pop on offer here is remarkable only for being so forgettable.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 4
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 4
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  1. Jun 4, 2021
    10
    Great, enjoyable album from Liz - a true icon and legend! Biting lyrics accompanied by shimmering pop-rock remains an infectious mix. ThereGreat, enjoyable album from Liz - a true icon and legend! Biting lyrics accompanied by shimmering pop-rock remains an infectious mix. There are some beautiful moments here, particularly the mesmerizing “In There.” The album is the right amount of experimental and out-of-the-box, with strong and memorable melodies that make it accessible to the casual listener. Expand
  2. Jun 10, 2021
    10
    Raw, matured and worth a listen to this iconic storyteller who continues to her life journey and weaves it into a tapestry of songs with tightRaw, matured and worth a listen to this iconic storyteller who continues to her life journey and weaves it into a tapestry of songs with tight production on this album. Not to be missed. Expand
  3. Jun 4, 2021
    9
    Soberish just feels like Liz went back in time and pulled out some juju from the early '90s. Spanish Doors is so infectious that it alone isSoberish just feels like Liz went back in time and pulled out some juju from the early '90s. Spanish Doors is so infectious that it alone is worth a 9 rating. The better news is that it is far from the only good song on here. Want to go down the LP nostalgia vortex? Give Soberish a spin. You will really enjoy it. Expand
  4. Jun 4, 2021
    7
    Good album that evokes her sound from the 90s. Speaking of which, Metacritic, this isn't her, uh, "first full-length studio album."