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Classic Album Review: Some Girls | Feel It

Juliana Hatfield & Black Babies bandmate Freda Love team up once again.

This came out in 2003 – or at least that’s when I got it. Here’s what I said about it back then (with some minor editing):


Before she was alt-rock’s It Girl in the mid-’90s, Juliana Hatfield was just some singer-guitarist from Boston who played in an indie-pop trio called Blake Babies. Since that particular spotlight has faded, Hatfield is just some singer-guitarist in an indie-pop trio again.

And just to close that circle of life once and for all, one presume, she’s even reteamed with Babies drummer Freda Love in her new outfit Some Girls. Those expecting Hatfield and Love to make a return to the jangle-pop bounce of the Babies, however, may be disappointed. Feel It, the group’s debut album, hews closer to the lightly crunchy girlie-rock of Hatfield’s solo career, with its mix of chunky barre-chord riffs, strummy balladry and groovy pop rhythms supporting her waifish voice. While some tracks like Necessito have a radio-friendly, almost Sheryl Crow-like quality, nothing here rocks as hard as Juliana’s strongest work. Then again, nothing is as dark as some of her sadder fare either. Basically, Feel It lets you know that Hatfield may no longer be It, but she still has it.