Liz Phair is officially back! Finally! :-) Her vocals are on point, extraordinary at times. However, certain songs on this new album tend to "suffer" (some more than others) in the editing & mixing departments, i.e. Spanish Doors, Dosage... Sensed some auto-tune segments here and there, which prove to be not only useless, but seem to diminish this album's quality. That's such a pity!
Didn't enjoy "The Game", which has such a common sound to it, or the "underwater"-robotized "In There".
In contrast, "Lonely Street" shines the most with its heartfelt lyrics and those irresistible vocals, then followed by country-influenced "Soberish", a fun, romantic ballad. The latter will sound incredible played live.
"Hey Lou" is so hypnotic and daring in its story-telling. It's (almost) slightly offensive, yet Liz makes sure that the line isn't crossed just by how she articulates everything. She is definitely a big fan of Laurie Anderson and Lou Reed.
Concluding, some of this album's mixes really don't do it justice and Liz doesn't need those artificial edits on her voice. Many might appreciate the album more when live shows will resume.
Favorite Tracks : Lonely Street, Soul Sucker, Soberish(especially the acoustic guitar version!), Hey Lou.
Least Favorite Tracks : The Game, In There.
*fully listened to this album two times (before rating)*