Juliana Hatfield’s courageous heart

Juliana Hatfield – “Peace and Love” mp3

The ever prolific Julianna Hatfield releases another collection of achingly introspective yet strangely triumphant original songs. Abandoning the indie rock bass/drums/guitar format that has been her canvas since her youthful debut in The Blake Babies, she’s also dropped all the pop production tricks to leave her sweet voice (well, plus a nice harmony overdub) and spare guitar accompaniment uncluttered and free. At once surrendering to fate, and demanding its cooperation, she opens her heart with the innocence of a child and the wisdom of an old soul on the opening track, “Peace and Love”. The song couldn’t be more contrary to the banal cynicism which is the base coat of so much popular culture of late. I admire her courage. This is some really raw and vulnerable stuff, and it would be a cliché except she’s right, and you can tell she really means it. It makes me not want to be cynical.

Juliana Hatfield
“Peace and Love” (mp3)
from “Peace & Love”
(Ye Olde Records)

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Juliana Hatfield – “This Lonely Love (feat. Richard Butler)” mp3

Juliana Hatfield – “This Lonely Love (feat. Richard Butler)” mp3

I love Juliana Hatfield, ok, let’s just lay that out. Her perseverence and dedication to her craft, even as the record bidniz crumbled around her and onto her, is admirable in itself, but to go through all the travails she’s experienced and still come up with songs like this is another thing! Boy-girl duet “This Lonely Love,” (featuring Richard Butler of the Psychedelic Furs as the boy!) reflects Hatfield’s long standing habit of developing hopeless crushes on aloof and self absorbed sexy and usually stoned rock musicians. I confess share this problem with her, alas, and so love this song even more. Thanks Din for the tip 😉

Juliana Hatfield, Richard Butler
“This Lonely Love (feat. Richard Butler)” (mp3)
from “How to Walk Away”
(Ye Olde Records)

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Juliana Hatfield shines on and on

Juliana Hatfield – “Shining On”

When I think of Juliana Hatfield, I think of that Replacements song, Sadly Beautiful. She’s a brave and lovely soul, and this is a real grown up record from the former Blake Baby. Redemptive and powerful work from this tireless lyricist, sometime rock star, and club touring veteran.

Juliana Hatfield
“Shining On” (mp3)
from “How to Walk Away”
(Ye Olde Records)

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Juliana Hatfield & Richard Butler share a Lonely Love

Juliana Hatfield, Richard Butler – “This Lonely Love”

I love Juliana Hatfield, ok, let’s just lay that out. Her perseverence and dedication to her craft, even as the record bidniz crumbled around her and onto her, is admirable in itself, but to go through all the travails she’s experienced and still come up with songs like this is another thing! Boy-girl duet “This Lonely Love,” (featuring Richard Butler of the Psychedelic Furs as the boy!) reflects Hatfield’s long standing habit of developing hopeless crushes on aloof and self absorbed sexy and usually stoned rock musicians. I confess share this problem with her, alas, and so love this song even more. Thanks Din for the tip 😉

Juliana Hatfield, Richard Butler
“This Lonely Love (feat. Richard Butler)” (mp3)
from “How to Walk Away”
(Ye Olde Records)

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