In There

Album: Soberish (2021)
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Songfacts®:

  • In this vulnerable track, Liz Phair is contemplating a complicated relationship with someone who unexpectedly crept into her heart. Her fear of being alone outweighs her reservations about the thousand reasons why they don't get along, and she pleads, "Don't be slow, you gotta get in there."
  • Following "Good Side," "Hey Lou" and "Spanish Doors," this is the fourth single from Phair's seventh studio album - her first release since 2010's Funstyle.
  • Phair debuted to critical acclaim in 1993 with her influential album Exile In Guyville and, nearly three decades later, it was very much on her mind when she reunited with producer Brad Wood for Soberish. Phair told The New Yorker she had a specific vision for the album: "I wanted to use the sounds that we had used on Guyville, but with the added complexity of me now being fifty-plus years old. And I really wanted it to feel distinct from other work that's coming out."

    She added: "Whatever it was, it had to be experimental - but it couldn't feel like that. It had to pass you by without you ever knowing that I'd done something radical with the arrangement. It had to feel hooky and easy to listen to."
  • Phair's conflicting emotions about her lover tie in with the album's overall theme of transition, and the uncertainty that often comes along with change. "I think of Soberish as an album about the transitional times, not the peak in-love times and not the peak single times, but the transition of falling in love and the insecurity and vulnerability of that, the tumultuousness of how one minute you're telling all your friends you've got a new guy, and the next minute you're, like, 'It's over. I don't even …' And then it's back on again. That kind of bullshit. When you're breaking up and you're pretty sure it's over, but you still love each other, or you still had sex, and now you miss them, but also you know it's over? That's where Soberish is - it's a transitional, emotional record."

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