Fun-Style, okay the humor is certainly an eyebrow-raiser, like when she impersonates the young yoga enthusiast or whatever the hell it is, or the "oh oh, you're being a peen-yus!" joke on the last song.
Well, it certainly bodes well for her that she didn't try to be Avril Lavigne or Sheryl Crow again. But also nobody much seems to have paid attention to the album. Poor Lizzie. I was worried that her discography would completely mirror the Aztec Camera oeuvre and she'd do a second dull adult contemporary album, but she didn't, she made a weird modern indie hipster album full of samples and strange humor. (Also Aztec Camera's pop sellout album came out before their weird diverse album, and wasn't completely lambasted by critics.)
I think the most interesting thing about the Liz Phair story is that she's now going back to anthologizing her glory days (which didn't last very long, did they!?) with this new Girly Sound To Guyville boxset when the whole rationale for the Lavigne/Sheryl Crow shift in the first place was, IIRC, that she had grown sick of being a "critics' darling" and kind of hated her quasi-intelligent/critical fanbase (a lot of which consisted of dorky guys with crushes on her?) I think she even said something to the effect that she wanted to get married, have a kid, and not have to work very hard the rest of her life?
The feminist/dirty-lyrics thing meant almost nothing to me with Liz--I love Guyville (more than ever, this year) because it's loaded with great minimally-arranged lo-fi pop tunes, like Pavement or Guided By Voices. (I will also state that the only parallels I see with Exile On Main Street is that they both begin with driving rockers and "Flower"'s popping noises sort of resemble those organ-y guitars on "Let It Loose.")