Liz Phair – Exile in Guyville (1993)
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“That woman made brazen overtures
With a gilt-edged guarantee
She had a golden glint in her eye
And a silver voice”
– Pick a Little, Talk a Little (from The Music Man)
If the The Music Man’s citizens of River City, Iowa were concerned about the conduct of the new librarian in town, I’m curious as to how they’d possibly process the arrival of Liz Phair’s Exile in Guyville.
I picture Liz rolling into town on the eagerly anticipated Wells Fargo Wagon, belting out the lyrics to Flower in her silver voice, eyes glinting-all-golden-like: my goodness, those poor fictitious Iowans would be overwhelmed by the brazenness!
On Exile in Guyville, there are 18 tracks (I’ve since read, as a not so accidental tip-of-the-hat to Exile on Main Street) but a single track acts nicely as a microcosm of the record.
That track, excuse my French as they say, is (Word for Seal in French) and Run.
Critics might argue it’s intentionally provocative, she sounds bored, it’s too lo-fi.
And they may be right, I may be crazy – but Liz just may be exactly the kind of provocative-yet-bored-&-lo-fi sounding girl I’m looking for!
What I’d suggest: check out the track above.
If you don’t approve, the rest of Exile will do little for you.
If the song earns your approval, by all means, check out the remaining 17 tracks, you’ll be glad you did.
Though the lyrics may not seem so brazen in 2016, as there’s likely some desensitizing at play, I’ll make a “gilt-edged guarantee” nonetheless: Exile is well worth keeping & is certainly not an album I plan on banishing from the listening rotation any time soon.
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I appreciate that Theme Song Steve @ songsonatheme.com referenced The Music Man in a couple of posts last year, it reminded me of how much I enjoy that musical.
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