I love all eras of Liz Phair, and Soberish is no exception. Her first full-length record in a decade finds Phair combining her early work’s inventive, intimate jump-rope-rhyme sounds with her innate pop hit-making ability by enlisting Exile in Guyville/Whip-Smart/whitechocolatespaceegg producer Brad Wood. Soberish has everything Phair fans love: explicit desire within complicated love, rebellious lyrics sung in striking melodies, and even a nod to Henry, the bartending friend from 1998 favorite “Polyester Bride.” Phair wrote, when introducing 2010’s delightfully weird Funstyle: “This is my journey. I’ll keep sending postcards.” Soberish is yet another postcard full of revelations from a true artist following her muse. As always, we’re lucky to receive it. –Robin Edwards
by Liz Phair
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