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Whitechocolatespaceegg
Studio album by Liz Phair
Released August 11, 1998
Recorded 1995-1998
Genre Indie rock, lo-fi
Length 51:10
Label Matador
Capitol
Producer Jason Chasko
Scott Litt
Liz Phair
Brad Wood
Liz Phair chronology
Juvenilia
(1995)
Whitechocolate
spaceegg

(1998)
Liz Phair
(2003)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3/5 stars[1]
The A.V. Club (positive)[2]
Entertainment Weekly A−[3]
Los Angeles Times 4/4 stars[4]
People Magazine (positive)[5]
Pitchfork Media (6.4/10)[6]
Robert Christgau A[7]
Rolling Stone 4/5 stars[8]
"Headache" by Liz Phair

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Whitechocolatespaceegg (or whitechocolatespaceegg as typeset on the cover art) is the third studio album by American singer-songwriter Liz Phair, released in 1998 (See 1998 in music). whitechocolatespaceegg peaked at #35 on the Billboard 200.[9] As of July 2010, the album had sold 293,000 copies.[10]

Album information[edit]

Unlike her previous two albums, which dealt heavily with themes of sex and relationships, Whitechocolatespaceegg focused more on motherhood and family, as Phair had recently given birth to a son and was in the process of going through a divorce.

The album received generally positive reviews. Rolling Stone called it "engagingly intimate" while at the same time "playful and pop-y, with just enough dry humor." The magazine also praised the album for its storytelling-esque lyrics.[11] The Washington Times wrote that Phair had successfully proved she was "no longer an unbridled twentysomething but now, at 31, a wife and mother, [who] has grown as an artist as well as a woman."[12]

Track listing[edit]

All songs written by Liz Phair, except where noted.

  1. "White Chocolate Space Egg" (Jason Chasko, Liz Phair, Doug Stoley) – 4:35
  2. "Big Tall Man" (Chasko, Phair) – 3:49
  3. "Perfect World" – 2:15
  4. "Johnny Feelgood" – 3:22
  5. "Polyester Bride" – 4:05
  6. "Love Is Nothing" – 2:16
  7. "Baby Got Going" (Scott Litt, Phair) – 2:02
  8. "Uncle Alvarez" – 3:52
  9. "Only Son" – 5:08
  10. "Go on Ahead" – 2:53
  11. "Headache" – 2:53
  12. "Ride" – 3:04
  13. "What Makes You Happy" – 3:36
  14. "Fantasize" – 1:55
  15. "Shitloads of Money" – 3:39
  16. "Girls' Room" – 1:46

Advance Promo Copy[edit]

  1. "Freak of Nature" - 2:03
  2. "Hurricane Cindy" - 2:48

Outtakes[edit]

There exist several circulating outtakes from the album. Most of them have never been commercially released, however, some bootlegs include these songs, which are listed below:

  • "Tell Me You Like Me"
  • "Bars of the Bed"
  • "Blood Keeper"
  • "Oh My God"
  • "Waiting for the Bird"
  • "Desperado Theme"
  • "Freak of Nature"
  • "Russian Girl"
  • "Hurricane Cindy"
  • "Rocket Boy"
  • "Stuck on an Island"
  • "I'm Like That"
  • "Greased Lightning"

Along with rejected mixes of:

  • "White Chocolate Space Egg"
  • "Fantasize"
  • "Headache"
  • "Big Tall Man"
  • "Baby Got Going"
  • "Only Son"
  • "Ride"
  • "Perfect World"
  • "What Makes You Happy"
  • "Girls' Room" (same as official released version)

"Blood Keeper" was supposedly presented for the Scream 2 soundtrack, but was later shelved. "Hurricane Cindy" was included in the Japanese import, and was rerecorded for her self-titled album, but did not make it to the final tracklisting, and was released on the comeandgetit EP, both released five years later. "Waiting for the Bird" and "Greased Lightning" were released as b-sides to the song "Polyester Bride". "Oh My God" was performed with another song as "Oh My God/That's the Way I Like It" on a television network in 1996. "Rocket Boy" was re-recorded and released as a promotional single, and was included in the Stealing Beauty movie soundtrack. "Stuck on an Island" was released on the "What's Up Matador?" compilation. "Freak of Nature" appeared on a radio sampler, Local 101, sold in the greater Chicago area,[13] and along with "Hurricane Cindy", was included on the advanced promotional copy of the album. The songs "Tell Me You Like Me," "Bars of the Bed," "Desperado Theme," "Russian Girl," and "I'm Like That" have not been released yet.

Personnel[edit]

Production[edit]

  • Producers: Liz Phair, Jason Chasko, Scott Litt, Brad Wood
  • Engineers: John Hiler, Liquid Grooves, Chris Sabold, David Schiffman, Ed Tinley, Brad Wood
  • Assistant engineers: Victor Janacua, Matt Judah, Brad Kopplin, Julie Last, Chris Sabold, Al Sanderson, David Schiffman
  • Mixing: Victor Janacua, Tom Lord-Alge, Brad Wood
  • Mastering: Ted Jensen, Katrin Thomas
  • Programming: John Hiler, Randy Wilson
  • Loops: Liquid Grooves
  • Treatments: Scott Litt
  • Art direction: Liz Phair, Frank Longo, Jon Mathias, Mark O.

Charts[edit]

Album[edit]

Year Chart Position
1998 Billboard 200 35

References[edit]

  1. ^ Allmusic review
  2. ^ The A.V. Club review
  3. ^ Entertainment Weekly review
  4. ^ Los Angeles Times review
  5. ^ People review
  6. ^ Pitchfork Media review
  7. ^ Robert Christgau review
  8. ^ Rolling Stone review
  9. ^ allmusic ((( whitechocolatespaceegg > Charts & Awards > Billboard Albums )))
  10. ^ "Ask Billboard: Kylie 'Fever'". Billboard. 2010-07-16. Retrieved 2012-02-17. 
  11. ^ Whitechocolatespaceegg : Liz Phair : Review : Rolling Stone
  12. ^ Liz Phair grows confident about music.(Arts) | Article from The Washington Times | HighBeam Research
  13. ^ "Matador Records - Liz Phair".