Weird explores both the confinement and liberty of solitude. “I often feel cut-off from other people, from my feelings, from technology, from popular culture,” Hatfield explains in a recent press release.
I feel weird, I feel like I’m dreaming my life and that I am going to wake up some day.
While Hatfield’s songs—melodies and lyrics and structures-- are meticulously crafted, her guitar parts are loose and sometimes a little unhinged; first-take expressions of this temperamental uneasiness.
Freda Love Smith (Blake Babies, Sunshine Boys) and Todd Philips (Lemonheads, The Juliana Hatfield Three) each played the drums on multiple songs while Hatfield played all of the other instruments (and some additional drums).
Personally, I feel like a malfunctioning machine. There’s a screw or two loose. I want my guitar playing to reflect that.
Hatfield is best known for her alt-rock hits My Sister and Spin The Bottle, both from the Juliana Hatfield Three’s 1993 album, Become What You Are, and for her stint in the Lemonheads, the previous year when she played bass on It’s A Shame About Ray.
Those who jumped ship when the ’90s faded have missed a lot. In back-to-back releases like Beautiful Creature and Total System Failure, Hatfield expressed her love of pop songcraft and grimy blasts of distortion, respectively, a dichotomy she wields masterfully on her new, and 15th, solo release.