This is why we can’t have nice things, breaking news edition: Liz Phair’s new song “Bollywood”.
[originally posted at my blog Love is the Slug]
It has been a long, long, long time since I have really enjoyed anything new that Liz Phair has had to offer to the world musically. I’m one of those LP fans who loved Exile In Guyville to pieces but not much else after. She has been, for me, a musical example of the law of diminishing returns and I’ve often felt like someone needed to stop kissing her ass and telling her the crap she was putting out was any good.Especially all of that Matrix-produced bilge that made her sound like Michelle Branch.
But honestly, I would listen to her sounding like Ms. Branch for several hours at a time if it meant I could un-hear the musical abortion that she has posted on her official site as an introduction to her surprise new album, Funstyle, that can be bought from said official site. But don’t take my word for it, go ahead. Go listen to it. No, go ahead, I’ll wait right here, eating these tasty potato chips.
Oh, are you back? Did you listen? Well, clearly you did. I can tell by how pale and shaken you are. Shh, shh, no baby, it’s okay, it’s okay, you’ll be fine. Just drink a glass of water and go lie down. I’ll be here, don’t worry. No, I know, it’s hard to understand why the hell anyone would do that, I get it. Do I think she’s trying to be ironic? Well, probably. At the very least I think she thinks it’s a funny and scathing take on the music industry and Hollywood. But, no, you’re right, I can’t for the life of me figure out why she’s trying to sound like a painfully white, frightfully low budget parody of M.I.A., that doesn’t really scan for me either. I guess it’s just an example of how some people have a whole career’s worth of good music in them and some have one album. Now you just rest and we’ll both try to forget what the bad lady did to our ears.