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There's Always Another Girl

Juliana Hatfield

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There’s Always Another Girl is a fan-funded album that Hatfield claims is “based loosely around the concept of failure.” It suggests Hatfield isn’t quite satisfied with her career. Like many alternative stars of the early ‘90s, she’s had to downscale over the past decade. It’s done her music a favor, since she’s rarely been in such sharp form. With Boston musicians Ed Valauskas and Pete Caldes, on bass and drums respectively, Hatfield’s sound is modest and yet perfectly suited to the tunes. “Someone Else’s Problem” marinates in the echo chamber. “Sex and Drugs” adds a trippy beat and crisp electric guitar. “Stray Kids” and “Vagabond” elicit country rock ghosts. “Thousands of Guitars” and “Don’t Wanna Dance” capture a bare Stones groove. “Candy Wrappers” uses rough harmonies and a wasted delivery that becomes even more pronounced on the song’s reprise as “And Again.” For someone who is apparently feeling down about herself, she’s made an emotionally true and melodically rich album.

Customer Reviews

Another Career High

This is one of Hatfield's strongest records thus far. Her lyrics are concise and hit hard while the music switches tone and tempo with each song. In an era of forced positivity, a concept album about failure (realist not pessimist) feels like a breath of fresh air. Songs like 'Change the World' and 'Vagabond' touch on melancholic themes while 'Batteries' and 'Don't Wanna Dance' are more playful and offer variety. As usual, Hatfield's guitar work is moving and distinct from the hordes of guitar players in the rock universe. A fantastic piece of work!


I loved her music, but this album falls far short of her other accomplishments. The lyrics are especially poor.

A few good songs, but not as good...

as previous works. Really, her last good album was How to Walk Away. I didn't purchase Peace and Love based on the demos I heard on iTunes. This one, I didn't immediately like in the demos, but purchased anyway. Taxicab, Don't Wanna Dace and Candy Wrappers are the highlights. Why the need to reprise Candy Wrappers on "And Again" baffles me. The song is catchy, but tells me that she wrote it while eating candy in a hotel room. This disk does not have the depth that In Exile Dio, and How to Walk Away have. It doesn't have that raw grunge of Made in China and Juliana's Pony, or the pop of Only Everything or the heart of Beautiful Creature. Yes, it's distinct, but not in a good way. I'm a huge fan all the way back to Blake Babies and Some Girls. This one is just not doing it for me. I wish I could be more positive, but I am being honest.


Born: July 27, 1967 in Wiscasset, ME

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

After Juliana Hatfield disbanded the jangle pop trio the Blake Babies in 1990, she launched a solo career, performing similarly melodic indie guitar pop. Singing in an endearingly thin voice, Hatfield married her ringing hooks to sweet, lovelorn pop and startlingly honest confessional songs. Her 1992 solo debut, Hey Babe, became a college radio hit, and its follow-up, 1994's Become What You Are, was primed to become a crossover success in the wake of the commercialization of alternative rock. Although...
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