Juvenilia The main attraction on Juvenilia isn't Liz Phair's straight-faced cover of the new-wave masturbation anthem "Turning Japanese"; it's the release of six songs from the… Juvenilia The main attraction on Juvenilia isn't Liz Phair's straight-faced cover of the new-wave masturbation anthem "Turning Japanese"; it's the release of six songs from the… Liz Phair Rock
Music Review

Juvenilia (1995)

EW's GRADE
B

Details Lead Performance: Liz Phair; Genre: Rock

The main attraction on Juvenilia isn't Liz Phair's straight-faced cover of the new-wave masturbation anthem ''Turning Japanese''; it's the release of six songs from the homemade tapes that helped land Phair a record deal. Low-fi and basement-tape intimate, the tunes are more half-finished musings than finished melodies. But her droll delivery, unconventional guitar strummings, references to leaving home — and, yep, use of the F-word — shows she always knew exactly where she was heading. B

Originally posted Aug 04, 1995 Published in issue #286 Aug 04, 1995 Order article reprints