Friday, April 11, 2008

Phair enough

It's hard to believe that it's been 15 years since Liz Phair released her indie smash "Exile in Guyville" - a record that would really set the tone not only for aggressive songwriting women in rock but the entire independant record label movement that would spawn everyone from Sonic Youth and Mudhoney to Soundgarden and Mazzy Star.

And it's still a nice, naughty low-fi gem that gets all too often overlooked, save for Phair who's been unable to escape its shadow despite a decent catalogue of follow-ups.

But Guyville is the record that she will always be compared against. And now it's getting its full due.

In June Guyville will be re-issued and remastered with bonus tracks and a cool documentary. It's an absolute necessity for anyone who knows Phair only by those cheesy ballads that have been paying the bills for far too long.

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