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It’s a difficult transition to age gracefully as a pop musician. The music relies on an ephemeral kick that pushes youth and vitality. The aging songwriter and performer becomes weathered and experienced, often cynical and jaded, or at least quieter and increasingly introspective. By 2008, former Blake Babies and solo performer Juliana Hatfield hit introspection dead-on with an autobiography, When I Grow Up, and a new album, How to Walk Away, that deals in varying degrees with her life after another disappointing break-up. Even visits from the Psychedelic Furs’ Richard Butler for “This Lonely Love” or Nada Surf’s Matthew Caws for “Such A Beautiful Girl” can’t shake the melancholy. Instead, Hatfield pushes forth half-speed ahead, traipsing over the bittersweet terrain of newfound freedom with warmly distorted electric guitars and sorrowful melodies (“My Baby…,” “Remember November”). “Just Lust” and “Now I’m Gone” add a tougher Stones-styled rhythm guitar to the harmonic wall of Hatfield’s sweet vocal mass, while “So Alone” rattles with a loose percussive echo that symbolizes Hatfield’s world swirling out of control as she tries to establish a grip. It’s power pop with many emotional layers.

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Simply beautiful

Juliana Hatfield is one of my favorite musicians/songwriters/artists/whatever they're supposed to be called these days. She always creates such beautiful imagery and has such a great sense of humor, (although it's probably not noticed by many listeners) and her music touches something deep inside my brain- I don't know exactly what it is, 'cos if I did I'd record music myself- perhaps it's the melody, the vulnerability, or the "this is how I think things should be done" attitude? Whatever it is, she has done it again with this record. If you're a fan of pompousity, cookie-cutter, or run-of-the-mill, you're not going to find what you like here. Support this music and support creativity! After listening to this record a few more times, I wanted to share a few more thoughts- it's apparent that the lyrics are deeply personal, and they strike me- maybe it's because I can identify with a few themes Juliana conveys- but I find them extremely beautiful, and I also find the production qualities reminiscent of "Hey Babe"- tons of reverb on the vocals and unabashedly emotional lyrics (no matter how awkwardly they fit into the rhythmic meter) fit perfectly with my current state of mind- this is the perfect album for this time of year at this stage of my life... again, nothing about this album is pretentious- yet somehow it manages to be superior to any other offerings I've sampled recently. Shining On is my favorite track, but I'm drawn towards the re-working of a previous track now entitled "This Lonely Love" (featuring Richard Butler from Psychedelic Furs)... bottom line is: I'm always astounded by Juliana's propensity conveying personal emotions and beautiful melodies- I'm equally perplexed that this music isn't known on a much larger magnitude... SPREAD THE WORD! Listen to it a few times- you'll fall in love with it!!

Don't Walk Away ...

Possibly I am a sucker for redheads ... but ... I really like this album. Juliana Hatfield goes for the minor key, downbeat, slightly sad sound. Yet there is a positive, clear tone to her voice. It is a voice you could just bathe in, friendly and intriguing, and yet sinister. I like sinister. There are musical hooks galore, but mainly it is that Hatfield voice that interests me. This is finely crafted art-pop. Just what I needed.

Unsung Hero Goes For Broke

More than a decade since her radio heyday, Hatfield has created a brightly coloured masterwork. Themes of loneliness and a sense of resilient hope permeate the album and the melodies soar with Hatfield's multi-layered harmonies. This is one beautiful album by a treasured rock icon.


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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