100 Best Albums of the Nineties
Liz Phair, 'Exile in Guyville'
In the immortal words of Mick Jagger, the change has come. Liz Phair took indie rock under her thumb with Exile in Guyville, firing off wisecracks, obscenities, pickup lines and confessions. She could crack you up and break your heart in the same song, sounding intimate without ever really giving her secrets away. Phair's dry Peppermint Patty mumble fit into a swirl of watery guitar frazzle and percussion as the melodies swam around in your head all summer long. "Fuck and Run" is Phair's greatest hit, but Exile is just one perfect song after another: the acoustic shiver of "Glory," the bangled-out glimmer of "Never Said," the wobbly jet-girl whoosh of "Stratford-on-Guy."
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