Let me start by saying “I Got No Idols” and in a world filled with female singer-songwriters “Theres Always Another Girl”. But I guess I’ve always kinda felt like Juliana Hatfield was “My Sister” and perhaps we both feel a little like an “Outsider”.
Obviously with a big back catalogue of music not every song is going to be “Perfection” but Juliana is no “Sellout” when it comes to experimentation. So “What Do I Care?” you ask? “The Fact Remains” that Juliana Hatfield is one of the most prolific artists of her generation and I only hope she keeps making music “Forever”.
*All words in quotations are song titles 🙂
On a more serious note, I bought the CD of “Only Everything” on the strength of “Universal Heart Beat” before I even owned a CD player. I knew I’d love it and it’s still one of my favourite albums of all time.
Do I love all her songs? Of course not. Some albums are very hit and miss but there are at least one or two standout songs on every album.
In no particular order here are some songs of hers I think are worth checking out –
Become What You Are (1993) (Juliana Hatfield Three)
Supermodel, My Sister, I Got No Idols – Grunge-lite, simple, sparse and all the better for it.
Beautiful Creature (2000)
Hotels – Featured in the film Hollow Man. I really like this song, it’s sad and comforting at the same time.
Down On Me
I Want To Want You
Swan Song – I love the sound of this, especially the main guitar riff which sounds absolutely classic (I’m sure someone with a wider musical repertoire could tell me what song it references)
Live It Up – One of my favourites from this album
You Are The Camera
Let’s Blow It All – I like the playfulness of this song and it rounds out the album nicely
I really like this album and highly recommend it. Even the couple of songs I haven’t included are good easy listens. I think the fact she recorded the whole album in just 6 days is amazing. In her own words –
“It sounds as raw as I felt. It has no pretty sheen. The mistakes and unattractive parts were left in, not erased. Just like my career. Just like life.”
Gods Foot (Sadly unreleased but available on archive.org)
Mountains Of Love, Perfection, How Would You Know – I only properly discovered this fairly recently and its a real shame it wasn’t released.
How To Walk Away (2008)
The Fact Remains
Shining On – My favourite song on the album. I preordered because of it (still got a bonus demo disc somewhere I should dig out). Probably one of her most mainstream songs.
Now I’m Gone
Remember November – I love how all the pieces come together in this song. I really like the piano and the way Juliana sounds like she’s pushing herself vocally.
Such A Beautiful Girl – Simple. B-e-a-utiful.
This album feels a lot more mature than her other albums. I can’t really explain why. I guess it’s because there are no angry guitars and a more nuanced production. It’s a good break up album, bittersweet. It definitely helped to sort my head out a little anyway.
In Exile Deo (2004)
Get In Line, Forever, Dirty Dog – Remind me of Sheryl Crows earlier stuff
Juliana’s Pony: Total System Failure (2000)
My Protégée, Using You, Noblesse Oblige – Fairly raw sounding tracks
Only Everything (1995)
What A Life – Kicks off the album with a fast little rock song
Fleur De Lys – Sexy crunchy guitars underlie a French love song
Universal Heart Beat – OK, so I bought the album because I saw her perform this song on Top Of The Pops or something. The cool laid back verses are a nice contrast to the more manic chorus.
Live On Tomorrow
Bottles and Flowers – I used to skip this one because I thought it was too slow but I really like it now.
Outsider – One of my favourite songs. I love the way it starts so simply then builds to a crescendo.
Congratulations – I love the way her voice contrasts with the guitars.
Simplicity Is Beautiful – I can remember putting this on before I went to sleep and just drifting away with it.
Please Do Not Disturb EP (1997)
Sellout, Get Off
I Wanna Be Your Disease
Impossible Song – reminds me of the Beatles
Touch You Again – a great little rock song
This album was inspired by the whole Trump Administration among other things and her anger at lots of it so its got more energy than some of the albums before it.
All Right Yeah, No Meaning – I like the contrast between these songs. All Right Yeah is pretty upbeat. No Meaning kind of takes me away somewhere, it’s a little dreamy and I like the downbeat verses and the way the structure changes.
Yard Sailing – From the Universal Heart Beat single. I just love the way this sounds, I want to lose myself in it and dance around.
Waves – Included on Volume Magazine 13 compilation CD. I like the contrast of styles.