Liz Phair

Those who have loyally followed Liz Phair's every move since her 1993 debut, Exile in Guyville, may not know quite what to make of her new album.

Those who have loyally followed Liz Phair's every move since her 1993 debut, Exile in Guyville, may not know quite what to make of her new album. Liz Phair is a pure pop record. Period. Of course, Liz Phair being Liz Phair, this disc may very well be banned from stores like Wal-Mart. Yes, Phair, a 36-year-old divorced mother, remains wonderfully mischievous, whimsical, and lustful ("Extraordinary," "Why Can't I," "H.W.C."). But she experiences blue moments, too. Ensconced in psychedelic flourishes, "Firewalker" finds the artist reflecting on a relationship gone wrong. But the spunkier moments, like "Rock Me," leave the most lasting impressions. To paraphrase Cyndi Lauper, girl still wants to have fun.—MP