Volume 92, Issue 33

Tuesday, November 3, 1998



Hatfield leaves bed unmade


Juliana Hatfield's fouth solo album, Bed, is truly one of her best. If you're into crap, that is.

The entire album sounds like one big fat song. Only after a couple listens does the little melody which does exist, surface. The album's first track, "Down On Me," shouldn't arouse any kind of excitement – because it certainly isn't as interesting as the title implies. The song begins with guitar feedback, which didn't work for the "cock rock" bands in the '80s and the same still applies to today's alternative artists.

"Bad Day" is perhaps the only song on the album which will earn itself some radio play. It comes complete with a catchy melody, although the song certainly lacks in lyric department.

The not-so-lyrical gems found on this album, such as "Dear Jack, I hate you. Love Diane," puts down the exceptional work artists such as Sarah McLachlan, Tori Amos and Heather Nova have done for the female music industry.

Needless to say, this album will not suit all musical tastes. However, if you can tolerate really bad teenage garage bands, then you may want to give this album a go. But be warned, Hatfield's, Bed is one you may never wake up from.


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