I'd have to write a drum and bass part right on the spot. Liz Phair has described Whip-Smart as a chronicle of the beginning, middle and end of a relationship: "a rock fairy tale, from meeting the guy, falling for him, getting him and not getting him, going through the disillusionment period, saying 'Fuck it,' and leaving, coming back to it. Phair is credited, along with Matador Records ' in-house art designer Mark Ohe, with the album's art and layout.
The cover image incorporates a Soviet propaganda poster. Critical reception was generally favorable. Richie Unterberger of Allmusic states that "if there are flaws in this generally first-rate follow-up, they mostly arise in comparison with Guyville, a record of such unexpected impact that most anything Phair could have done may have been found lacking" and that "there's no question that Phair is a major songwriter and artist, but this album is more a solidification of her talents than a breakthrough statement.
Whip-Smart debuted at 27 on the Billboard and spent 17 weeks on the charts. In fact, "Supernova" introduced Phair to a new audience and still remains one of her most recognizable songs. However, despite its early Shane - Liz Phair - Whip-SmartWhip-Smart quickly departed the charts. Even though the second single and title track "Whip-Smart" was also successful, it failed to capture the same amount of attention of "Supernova", and by the time the third single "Jealousy" was released, the interest in the album was much smaller.
Shane - Liz Phair - Whip-Smart this, Phair canceled her tour Shane - Liz Phair - Whip-Smart after the album was released, causing Atlantic's legal department to send her several letters demanding Shane - Liz Phair - Whip-Smart to tour or risk defaulting on her contract. All these people wanted me to be really big and I felt like this tiny pea in the center of all this chaos. I didn't want this success. I kept thinking this is wrong.
Why do all these people want it so much more than I do? As of Julythe album had soldglobally, making it her most commercially successful album. InPhair made several live television Shane - Liz Phair - Whip-Smart radio appearances in an effort to promote Exile in Guyville and Whip-Smartincluding David Letterman performing " Never Said " and "Supernova" and Jay Leno performing an acoustic version of "Whip-Smart.
She also appeared on the MTV alternative rock show Minutes performing "Never Said", "6'1", "Cinco de Mayo" and "Supernova" live at various times during and early InPhair married film editor Jim Staskauskas, who had worked on her videos. They had a son James Nicholas Staskauskas on December 21, Phair's third album, entitled Whitechocolatespaceeggwas finally released in after some delays, which included a disagreement about content; at one point, the label rejected the album as submitted, and asked Phair to write a few additional radio-friendly songs for the set.
While the single "Polyester Bride" received some airplay, and the album received many positive reviews, it was no more successful commercially than her previous records.
To promote the record Phair Shane - Liz Phair - Whip-Smart Lilith Fair. She also opened for Alanis Morissette on her Junkie Tour.
Inher self-titled fourth album was released on her new label, Capitol Records. Phair had not released an album in several years; she had been working on her record, as well as making guest appearances on other tracks she lent backing vocals to the Sheryl Crow hit " Free - Larnelle* - The Best Of Larnelle Up the Sun ".
Initially, Phair worked Untitled - Slither - Alien Column several album tracks with songwriter Michael Penn as the producer.
Shane - Liz Phair - Whip-Smart she submitted the finished Penn-produced album to Capitol, Shane - Liz Phair - Whip-Smart label gave it a lukewarm reception and was unwilling to release it as submitted.
Having already exhausted her recording budget, label president Andy Slater offered Phair more money to record only if Phair agreed to work with the production team known as The Matrix best known as songwriters for Britney Spears and Avril Lavigne to come up with some singles for the album. Phair's collaboration with the Matrix resulted in only four songs, but much of the media attention focused solely on the Matrix-produced tracks, which were a notable departure from her earlier work.
Two years later, Somebody's MiraclePhair's fifth album and final album with Capitol Recordswas released. The album returned to a more traditional rock sound as opposed to the pop rock-oriented style of the previous album. Somebody's Miracle is mostly generic pap that any number of next-big-has-beens could have cranked out, a useless piece of plastic On The Run - Pink Floyd - The Dark Side Of The Moon a pointy heel in the eye of the carcass of the artist Liz once was.
The special reissue package includes three never-before-released songs from the original recording sessions: "Ant in Alaska," "Say You," and an untitled instrumental. Exile in Guyville sat at the center of a culture in transition. In MayPhair released a new song, "Faith and Tenderness," sold exclusively at Banana Republic on a compilation disc featuring other artists. On July 3,Shane - Liz Phair - Whip-Smart official website announced a surprise link to download her new album Funstylewhich she released independently after parting ways with Capitol Records and ATO.
A note from Phair to her fans posted on her official website explained why the songs were problematic:. You were never supposed to hear these songs. These songs lost me my management, my record deal and a lot of nights of sleep. Yes, I rapped one of them. Im as surprised as you are. But here is the thing Henry Jackman - Transfiguration need to know about these songs and the ones coming next: These are all me.
Love them, or hate them, but dont mistake them for anything other than an entirely personal, un-tethered-from-the-machine, free for all view of the world, refracted through my own crazy lens.
Phair revealed in an interview with the Wall Street Journal that the falling out with her record label, ATO, occurred after a change in management. She explained, "The people who were still there didn't like, or didn't know what to do with, the music I was making, so we just stalled out and I asked to leave. Phair went on tour Shane - Liz Phair - Whip-Smart promote the album, playing many songs from Guyville and Whip-Smartalong with songs from the rest of her repertoire.
The Funstyle Tour ran from October to March Sunday 4 August Monday 5 August Tuesday 6 August Wednesday 7 August Thursday 8 August Friday 9 August Saturday 10 August Shane - Liz Phair - Whip-Smart 11 August Monday 12 August Tuesday 13 August Wednesday 14 August Thursday 15 August Friday 16 August Saturday 17 August Sunday 18 August Monday 19 August Tuesday 20 August Wednesday 21 August Thursday 22 August Friday 23 August Saturday 24 August Sunday 25 August Monday 26 August Tuesday 27 August Wednesday 28 August Thursday 29 August Friday 30 August Saturday 31 August Sunday 1 September Monday 2 September Tuesday 3 September Wednesday 4 September Thursday 5 September Friday 6 September Saturday 7 September Sunday 8 September Monday 9 September Tuesday 10 September Wednesday 11 September Thursday 12 September Shane - Liz Phair - Whip-Smart Friday 13 September Saturday 14 September Sunday 15 September Monday 16 September Tuesday 17 September Wednesday 18 September Thursday 19 September Friday 20 September Saturday 21 September Sunday 22 September Monday 23 September Tuesday 24 September Wednesday 25 September Thursday 26 September Friday 27 September Several songs are reprised from her widely circulated Girlysound demo tapes, and in some instances the more heavily produced, self-consciously ingenious arrangements here suffer in Treadmill - The Indecision Alarm - The Indecision Alarm to their blueprints.
The title track, one of the highlights of those tapes, comes off as particularly gimmicky in its new incarnation, with the addition of all manner of superfluous animal noises.
Aggressive Bittersweet Druggy. Energetic Happy Hypnotic. Romantic Sad Sentimental. Sexy Trippy Shane - Liz Phair - Whip-Smart Moods.
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