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Soberish

Liz Phair

Soberish

Seventh studio album and first since 2010 from the Connecticut indie rock singer-songwriter produced by Brad Wood

ADM rating[?]

7.3

Label
Chrysalis
UK Release date
04/06/2021
US Release date
04/06/2021
  1. 10.0 |   NME

    The cult indie star is back with her first new album in a decade – it's a refreshing reminder of her brilliance, which is all around us in the next generation
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  2. 9.0 |   Albumism

    Well worth the extended wait, Soberish represents the work of an accomplished, confident artist at peace with her place in the world, free to craft the songs she alone wishes to make, seemingly—and thankfully—beholden only to the self-imposed pressure of her own expectations
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  3. 8.5 |   Under The Radar

    Soberish may leave certain critics and listeners feeling dissatisfied, perhaps longing for the old days, but Phair has persevered long enough to hold her own, coming fully equipped with the inimitable songwriting expertise, sardonic wit, and aching soul that made her so relatable to begin with
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  4. 8.0 |   DIY

    ‘Soberish’ sounds more like her early work, with its lo-fi stylings and ramshackle guit
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  5. 8.0 |   musicOMH

    Soberish marks the welcome return of an artist at last comfortable with her legacy and ready to celebrate it
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  6. 8.0 |   The Independent

    Phair is the queen of rock reinvention, and as this album proves, she’s got a few lives left
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  7. 8.0 |   PopMatters

    It's not the revelation of Exile in Guyville, but then again, few records are. Instead, it's a moving collection of great songs that Phair invests with confidence and intellect
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  8. 8.0 |   The Arts Desk

    It's dizzying first time around, delightful as you burrow your way deeper
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  9. 8.0 |   All Music

    The appealing thing about Soberish is how it holds two thoughts (and sounds) simultaneously, a record that revives the spirit of Phair's earliest albums while casually leaning into her middle age
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  10. 8.0 |   The Spill Magazine

    Soberish is here today, and tracks like “In There” and “Soul Sucker” are both modern and fresh with Phair showing that she still can come up with some excellent songwriting
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  11. 7.0 |   Pitchfork

    The alt-rock icon returns with tasteful, timeless rock arrangements on a record about friendship, sobriety, and the love she’d like to receive
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  12. 7.0 |   The Line Of Best Fit

    If this is a comeback for Phair, it’s a slow start, but it’s something to enjoy when you decide to slow down yourself
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  13. 7.0 |   Uncut

    Songs like “Spanish Steps” and the title track recall the lo-fi sound of her critically lauded ’90s albums, while “Ba Ba Ba” and “Good Side” embrace the polish of her critically denounced 2000s albums. Print edition only

  14. 7.0 |   Rolling Stone

    Her first album since 2010 reminds us why she’s one of the most important songwriters of the last 30 years
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  15. 6.7 |   A.V. Club

    Soberish is clearly a return to her roots, but calling it a “return to form” would require throwing out the entirety of her post-2000 output as an aberration—something that she, based on the affected arrangements and canned handclaps on this record, is unwilling to do, at least in terms of production
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  16. 6.0 |   Mojo

    A mixed bag then, but a welcome return that promises much. Print edition only

  17. 6.0 |   Spectrum Culture

    Although representing a fully grown, confessional version of an indie rock legend, the end result is ultimately underwhelming
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  18. 5.0 |   Slant Magazine

    The singer still has a knack for sharp melodies and lyrical gems, but the album’s sonic presentation falls flat
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  19. 4.0 |   The Observer

    The Liz Phair who brought frankness and feminism to 90s alt-rock is sadly absent on this, her first album in a decade
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