Tuesday, August 02, 2005

I practice all my moves / I memorize their stupid rules.


I heard the new Liz Phair single yesterday. Not the hottest, says I. And I'm not one of those guys who thinks Liz needs to forever live in the '93-lo-fi-indie-blowjob-queen incarnation of her career. If she wants to be the pop-rock-FHM-mom with the hot radio single, more power to her.
But this new track? At best it sounds like one of Sheryl Crow's tossed-off deep album cuts. The syrupy production by The Matrix is gone, but so are the hooks and the power chorus.
Even if I'm not totally on board with the new stuff, she's refreshingly unrepentant about her new musical identity and her place in pop culture. In a New York Times profile, Liz snaps it into focus: "After all, I'm not sitting in an office telling someone that their insurance policy doesn't cover their chemotherapy. Theoretically, I am trying to make a piece of music come to life, to try and bring joy and meaning to people's lives. That's a pretty good deal."
I wish her new music was as assured as that statement.

7 Comments:

At 11:16 AM, Blogger girish said...

Ohhhhh, what a bummer. I had high hopes for the new record. [sheryl crow, ouch].
I know it's sacrilegious to say this in hardcore indie circles, but I'm a huge fan of her last one.

 
At 11:32 AM, Blogger Dashiell said...

"bring meaning to people's lives"? she's definitely been a source of inspiration in my life and through her work, i've finally figured out just who i am. Thank you, Liz, thank you.

 
At 11:52 AM, Blogger Ben said...

Theoretically is the key word, Dash, you sarcastic asshole.

 
At 11:52 AM, Blogger Ben said...

Oh and Girish, I'm still holding out hope. The NYT says the album is a little bit all over the place, but with some real bright spots. So...

 
At 11:58 AM, Blogger Dashiell said...

ooohh, well excuse me, that theoretically changes everything. :)

 
At 11:13 PM, Blogger Joshua said...

Please remember that Dashiell is a misogynist and fears female sexuality. Personally, Liz has brought great meaning to my life. Particularly in the form of "I just want your hot young jimmy, sliding, slamming, ramming in me."

 
At 3:59 PM, Blogger Dashiell said...

the only thing that brought you, Joshua, was material for you to stroke to.

 

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