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Liz Phair - Whitechocolatespaceegg ((Vinyl))
Personnel: Liz Phair (vocals, guitar, piano); Scott Litt (acoustic guitar, violin, harmonica, keyboards, bass, drums, programming, background vocals); Brad Wood (guitar, organ, keyboards, bass, drums, hand claps, drum programming, background vocals); John Hiler (guitar, piano, organ, keyboards, programming, loops, background vocals); Jason Chasko (guitar, piano, bass, drums, background vocals); Scott Bennett (guitar, organ, bass, drums); Ed Tinley (guitar, hand claps); Nathan December, Peter Buck, Scott McCaughey (guitar); Troy Niedhart (accordion); Randy Wilson (keyboards, programming); LeRoy Bach (acoustic bass); Tommy Furar, Mike Mills (bass); Bill Berry (bongos).
Producers: Brad Wood, Jason Chasko, Scott Litt, Liz Phair.
Engineers include: Ed Tinley, Blaise Barton, Brad Wood, John Hiler, Chris Sabold.
Liz Phair's third full-length album comes four years after her previous work, and it is inevitable that the singer-songwriter who redefined women's boundaries within the form is in a different stage of her life. She has, in the meantime, gotten married, had a child and, ostensibly, settled down and reflected. Thus, introspection defines the WHITECHOCOLATESPACEEGG Liz Phair--less confrontation and more examination is the maturing motto. No longer looking to put horny little indie-rock males down with sinister, well-chosen observations, she's examining her own desires ("Perfect World"), her life-giving experiences ("Only Son") and familial priorities ("Uncle Alvarez").
Still, rest assured that Phair hasn't gone completely VH-1. SPACEEGG has more of a visceral off-the-cuff kick than the Sheryl Crows of the world will ever muster. The Mick Taylor-era Stones are still the main musical reference--particularly on "Johnny Feelgood," a four-on-the-floor ode to a roughneck the narrator can't forget, cooing "I like it" at the thought of his bad-boy ways--but there's also a stab at weirdo analog synth-pop ("Headache") and a full-on blues boogie ("Baby Got Going") that's infectious in its simplicity. These are the sounds of Phair's diversification as an artist.
- RSD Release Date: n/a
- Genre: Rock