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“Growing out of the American underground of the late ’80s, Liz Phair fused lo-fi indie rock production techniques with the sensibility and structure of classic singer/songwriters. Exile in Guyville, her gold-selling debut album, was enthusiastically praised upon its 1993 release and spawned a rash of imitators during the following years, particularly American female singer/songwriters. For her part, Phair wasn’t able to fully break into the mainstream, even with the support of the press and MTV. Whip-Smart, her second album, was heavily promoted upon its 1994 release, yet despite its relatively strong chart positions, it was viewed as a disappointment and Phair’s momentum declined steadily during the mid-’90s, as she took several years to record her third album. Phair quietly retreated from the spotlight during 1995, marrying Jim Staskausas, a Chicago-based film editor who had previously worked on Phair’s videos. Later that summer, she released the Juvenilia EP, which was essentially the “Jealousy” single amplified with the first official release of Girlysound material. Her long-delayed, much-anticipated third LP, whitechocolatespaceegg, finally appeared in mid-1998. Five years later, Phair returned with a controversial self-titled album. Liz Phair, which appeared in June 2003, found her working with singer/songwriter Michael Penn and the Matrix, the latter of whom had risen to prominence in the pop world by launching artists like Avril Lavigne. Jimmy Chamberlin, Wendy Melvoin, and Pete Yorn also contributed to Phair’s newly slick sound. When Liz Phair appeared, though, it was panned by purist rock critics and militant Liz nerds who felt she’d sold them out with the record’s pop star sensibilities. Another album, Somebody’s Miracle, appeared in fall 2005, but its relatively soft sound resulted in the slowest sales of Phair’s career. After reissuing Exile in Guyville in 2008, Phair began working on a number of offbeat, highly unconventional songs, many of which dealt with her recent departure from Capitol Records. Tired of working with record labels, she chose to release the material herself. Funstyle was appropriately released on her own website in July 2010, with the bhangra-influenced “Bollywood” becoming the album’s first single.” -Stephen Thomas Erlewine, AllMusicGuide

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