Liz Phair's desperation to be loved, to be a sex symbol and to be a massive rock star can get a little irritating. But even when she sold her soul and sound over to the Matrix — on 2003’s oft-maligned self-titled pop experiment — it was her songs and her songwriting craft that kept her relevant and unique among the din of manufactured rock. Her songs are often about being horny and frustrated, how sex remains awkward, fun and messy for the heart and the mind, too. She sings about being in her 30s sans moment of clarity, just more of the same questions, self-conscious concerns and difficult choices. On Somebody’s Miracle, Phair continues in her attempts to figure it all out using familiar pop hooks and her terrific voice.