Exile in Guyville

Liz Phair - Exile in Guyville
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Based on 5 reviews
1993 Ratings: #3 / 376
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Based on 250 ratings
1993 Ratings: #24
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God I just can't get enough of this album. I love the Lofi indie rock production put together with the singer-songwriter type lyrics and raw vocals. And y'know I've never been the biggest fan of albums with tons of songs, always preferred less songs on an album since that meant the songs that were there were better hopefully, but here all 18 tracks are nothing short of amazing and memorable. The lyrics steal the show with this album, it's not that they're super deep, but rather that they feel ... read more


It’s been 26 years since Liz Phair released her debut album that later became a classic. And I am extremely glad that I decided to dedicate a few words to this masterpiece!

«Exile In Guyville» is one of the most outstanding albums ever made. It just disarms your mind with an incredibly soulful, fresh, confident low-fi sound, and strikes outright with unsurpassed lyrics, where aggression is covered with philosophical equanimity, and sincerity and straightforwardness simply ... read more


What can I say? I’m a sucker for lo-fi indie rock.

“Exile in Guyville” is probably the most polarizing indie rock album of all time. Some people love the raw sound and straightforward lyrics while others think it’s boring and believe the feminist themes are the only reason why it’s remembered. Liz Phair constructed the album off the Rolling Stones’ album “Exile on Main St.” I listened to a Spotify playlist with each song on “Exile on ... read more


literally anyone that knows me know how i feel about this album, it's a masterpiece. liz phair's strong lyricism along with one of the catchiest guitar works i've ever heard works in a way that makes this confessional album one of the most satisfying lo-fi works you'll hear. her voice, while i've heard most people not like how "monotone" it sounds, works wonders here. can't say i like this enough. highlights include 6' 1", help me mary, never said, soap star joe, mesmerizing, ... read more


An uninspiring set of tracks that never gripped me lyrically or sonically. Flower is a standout on a record that doesn't seem to have sprouted let alone bloomed.


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Track List

  1. 6ft 1in 
  2. Help Me Mary 
  3. Glory 
  4. Dance Of The Seven Veils 
  5. Never Said 
  6. Soap Star Joe 
  7. Explain It To Me 
  8. Canary 
  9. Mesmerizing 
  10. Fuck And Run 
  11. Girls! Girls! Girls! 
  12. Divorce Song 
  13. Shatter 
  14. Flower 
  15. Johnny Sunshine 
  16. Gunshy 
  17. Stratford-On-Guy 
  18. Strange Loop

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Added on: October 13, 2012