12 Songs, 39 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

Juliana Hatfield has enjoyed a modest career as a member of the Blake Babies, the Lemonheads and as a solo performer. But while her albums of weightless pop catch the ear, it’s her penchant for self-confession that’s been keeping her relevant these days. She’s written a memoir and shares a blog of personal info and now with 2010’s Peace and Love, she strips down her sound to an acoustic hum that often sounds like little more than acoustic bedroom demos and reveals even more of her inner self. The double-tracked vocals for “Evan” slightly obscure what is surely a note to her longtime friend and leader of the Lemonheads. “What is Wrong,” “I Picked You Up” and “I’m Disappearing” create an intimate mood that never forgets about the art of the song. How much truth there is to these personal sounding anecdotes is secondary to the simple pop joy contained in the extra skip in the step of “Let’s Go Home.” Quite lovely.

EDITORS’ NOTES

Juliana Hatfield has enjoyed a modest career as a member of the Blake Babies, the Lemonheads and as a solo performer. But while her albums of weightless pop catch the ear, it’s her penchant for self-confession that’s been keeping her relevant these days. She’s written a memoir and shares a blog of personal info and now with 2010’s Peace and Love, she strips down her sound to an acoustic hum that often sounds like little more than acoustic bedroom demos and reveals even more of her inner self. The double-tracked vocals for “Evan” slightly obscure what is surely a note to her longtime friend and leader of the Lemonheads. “What is Wrong,” “I Picked You Up” and “I’m Disappearing” create an intimate mood that never forgets about the art of the song. How much truth there is to these personal sounding anecdotes is secondary to the simple pop joy contained in the extra skip in the step of “Let’s Go Home.” Quite lovely.

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