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Liz Phair: Fresh outta Guyville

Barney Hoskyns, MOJO, November 1994

NO-ONE WAS MORE SURPRISED THAN LIZ PHAIR when her precocious double-album debut became the alternative-rock succès d'estime of 1993. "I was just a neighbourhood kid who wanted to show the boys I could do it too," she says of the copiously drooled-over Exile In Guyville. "I was pretty sure we were gonna make 1,300." By year's end, Exile had topped the Village Voice's annual Pazz & Jop critics' poll, and several other polls besides.

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