"I am some kind of freak now and
You'll never see me the same" - from Take a Look
My Opinions and Recommendations
Whip-Smart is my least favorite Liz Phair album. I think she has expanded her style and improved a lot over the years. I do really like the opening track, Chopsticks, on this album, and it makes me wonder if Liz really did go to summer camp with Julia Roberts. I also like the song Supernova a lot.
Liz is a great indie girl who has lyrics that you have to think about. I bought her album at a yard sale and it was well worth the 3 dollars I paid for it. Her voice is intriguing and the music is a fabulous mix of many different styles. My all time favorite song on the album is Polyesther Bride, which I relate to for some reason. I also really like Uncle Alvarez and Girls' Room. I think you need to listen to the whole album the entire way through to really appreciate its brillance, though.
Exile to Guyville has some great commentary on relationships in general. If you are at any stage of a relationship, but especially a breakup, you should listen to this album. My favorite songs on the album are the very X rated, Flower, and Never Said. Warning: This album is not for people who are offended by bad language.
Liz's self-titled album turned her slightly more pop, but she still kept her odd roots. I really like the album a lot. My absolute favorite song is Favorite because it reminds me of my most recent relationship. I also like the song Love/Hate. If Whitechocolatespaceegg was too strange for you, try this album out and see if you like it any better.
If you already like Liz and you want to hear more artists like her you are probably already familiar with Ani Difranco and Tori Amos. Both women have equally thought provoking, sometimes humourous lyrics. They aren't afraid to do their own thing and fight the encroaching pop trends. If Tori and Ani aren't your thing, you should also give the less well-known Chantal Kreviazuk. She is very folk oriented, but keeps the lyrics interesting.
Buy Liz Phair's music