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A Rolling Stone Top 400 pick of all time
on 14 July 2004
This CD is a seminal work in women's serious rock that has stood the test of time beautifully. Just remember that it pre-dates all of the artists that were inspired by it in the following years. So many "all-time great" CD's from the past end up sounding ubelievably dated upon more recent listing, but Exile in Guyville sounds as fresh and relevant today as it was back in 94'.
The songs on this album are solidl written and arranged- from F**k and Run, a powerful song that conveys the lonliness of meaningless quickie relationships while at the same time being incredibly tight and guitar-centric. The most incredible part of this song is how she manages to convey the singers pre-conceived notions of what a real relationship should include- like "letters and soda's." Liz manages to present it as something she's idealized since a small child, yet is disillusioned that she'll never have- and it works.
Stratford on Guy mixes harmonies in an original way that has still never been duplicated. This song is truly a classic and may be the most original and innovative on a already classic CD.
Divorce song manages to convey how quickly and easily a marriage can self-destruct over the simplest of issues. It's real, it's honest and it hits the nail right on the head.
Strange Loop also manages to encapsulate the "I'm tired of fighting" feeling you have when a relationship has has finally and once and for all fallen dead apart. The guitar work at the end of the song manages to convey this feeling and it is pure genius.
With this album, Liz managed to deliver an unfortunately rare combo- genius musical arrangements along with incredibly relevant and powerful lyrics. The result is a classic work that will stand the test of time indefinitely. If you haven't heard it, you owe it to yourself to listen to it.