In 1993, Liz Phair released her first album to critical acclaim everywhere. It was named Album of the Year from both Spin magazine and the Villiage Voice. Rolling Stone named Liz the Best New Female Artist.
Exile in Guyville had wide play on the radio, with tracks like Never Said and Stratford-On-Guy even making it into rotation on MTV. The entire album, while upbeat as a general rule, is about the painful truth about men and relationships. The album was the opening that other female artists, such as Meredith Brooks, Alanis Morisette, and Fiona Apple needed to get their wonderful funky music onto the scene.
In 1994, Phair released her second album, Whip-Smart. Whip-Smart was a lot more upbeat than the previous album filled with hate. In this one, it seems that Phair was falling in love again, and the first single, Supernova, is an example of the puppy-love that she felt. While it was well received by critics, it did not get the airplay it needed to propel Phair past the level of stardom she already had.
Phair then joined Lilith Fair and toured with the womens-musical tour for a few years before releasing her third album, Whitechocolatespaceegg. Again, this album was thought to be the one to make her a star. But, sadly for her, again, it failed to gain the popularity it needed to do that.
Luckily, in 2003, Liz released her fourth album with the hit single 'Why Can't I.' Though some fans were disappointed to see Liz become more commercial and leave her Indy roots, most listeners will be happy to see the album, Liz Phair, become widely known. Most of the tracks on this album were produced by Avril Lavigne's producers, the Matrix.
The blonde bombshell is expected to release another album in the near future, which should cater to her old-school Indy fans as well as her newfound fan base of teens!
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