Weird (American Laundromat) $19.99
On her own and with The Blake Babies, Julianna Hatfield personified the “alternative” genre in the 1990’s. Combing a 1960’s pop approach with rough-around-the-edges production, she was a tastemaker of the highest order, helping to define the era. Whereas the grungier artists unleashed a sound that was 90% aggression, Hatfield approach has always been anchored in personal reflection.
Fresh from last year’s beautiful “Julianna Hatfield Sings Olivia Newton-John,” Hatfield sounds cool and collected, with this intentionally under-produced affair that’s brimming with some of her best songs. In “It’s So Weird” she unravels a life without a significant other, and you can almost feel the cold loneliness of her loft apartment. “All Right, Yeah” and “Broken Doll” stand as two of her catchiest garage rockers. “Weird” is one of her very best.
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