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The music industry’s knack of throwing completely unlikely acts together for a collaboration continues with this partnership of Juliana Hatfield the bloke from Nada Surf. You never quite sure with these things if its a natural meeting of minds or an idea dreamed up by some marketing executive on a wishy washy kind of day. Nada Surf are a solid enough alt-rock group whose covers record ‘If I Had A Hi-Fi’ shows a band with impeccable taste.
Juliana Hatfield you will remember was in The Lemonheads around the time of their big success and was no doubt clawed at by Evan Dando on the odd lonely evening. What we get is kind of what you might expect, pleasantly assured US alt-rock, the sort that used to get churned out by the likes of Belly and Hatfield's own Blake Babies. It's nicely and naturally produced with an organic feel but has the sparkle of the seasoned producer.
It all drifts past in a nice mid '90s pastoral haze, ocassionally recalling Stevie Nicks and Lindsey Buckingham’s finger-picked ballads at the heart of Fleetwood Mac, but then bursting into punk-ish rock with the bruised and blasted ‘Mixed Feelings’. My favourite track comes late, ‘Radio Static’ is ace, Hatfield and Caws' dual vocal drifts on top of some seriously nice acoustic guitars and vaguely electronic production. One part Fleetwood Mac, one part The Shins, it has that great haunting autumnal FM radio thing that was sometimes achieved by The Lemonheads and the likes of Magnapop.
8/10 Kai Customer review, 7th December 2013
Just to put the record straight: JH was in the Blake Babies, Juliana Hatfield, Juliana Hatfield Three and Some Girls. Oh - and she also appeared on It's a Shame About Ray and Come on Feel the Lemonheads. The above feels somewhat belittling for such a treasured songwriter.
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