We spend a lot of time praising artists who are able to change. But we don’t spend nearly as much time analyzing the times where an artist attempts to change, and fails. Liz Phair is deeply aware of the pain that brings. After setting the world on fire with her debut record Exile in Guyville, she rapidly descended down a path toward pop-stardom, powered on by her label, and quickly became a synonym for wasted artistic potential.
In the years since her painfully public series of artistic meltdowns, Phair has wrapped back into what made her so enjoyable in the first place. A deeply un-self-conscious artist who calls it like she sees it. And has spent the last few years leveraging her status as an indie rock and girl power icon into a series of well attended shows and an expanded re-release of Exile in Guyville.
After leaving her management she has moved back towards that un-self-consciousness that defined her early career. Earlier this month she released a single “Good Side” from a series of sessions that will soon become an album in early 2020. The upcoming album is untitled but Phair noted that she is working on the record with Brad Wood, who produced Exile in Guyville, Whip-Smart, and parts of whitechocolatespaceegg.
In addition to the upcoming record, Phair released a memoir titled Horror Stories on October 8th, which recounts her rise to fame and her tumultuous time in the music industry to date.
It’s not always easy to change, and even when it is it may not always be a change for the better. After years of wandering in the wilderness it’s great to see Phair atop her throne once more. Be a part of the crowd who saw her retake her crown, because chances are it’s back to the stadiums after this.
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