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MUSIC REVIEW | The Lemonheads – It’s a Shame About Ray (1992)

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Tackling the Lemonheads 1993 album, Come on Feel the Lemonheads, I came away thinking it was an OK record that could have been a great one with just a few tracks excised. It was more than enough to make me realise there was a lot of potential for this band to tick a lot of boxes I like in music. So I pretty much immediately had to hear more, which I did, with Feel’s immediate predecessor, It’s a Shame About Ray

Combining punk rock simplicity with singer Evan Dando’s signature slacker ‘tude, Rockin’ Stroll is a little piece of pure rock, pop energy that knows that brevity is often the key to a song’s success. The slacker rock continues with Confetti, this time including a shredding guitar solo and all! (more…)

MUSIC REVIEW | Juliana Hatfield – Juliana Hatfield (2012)


From her indie band days in the Blake Babies in the 80s, to Lemonheads guitarist for hire and alt radio solo singer, song writer in the 90s, to music veteran in the new millennium, Juliana Hatfield has done a great job of changing and evolving enough over her career to never become stale, while always keeping enough of what I’ve loved about her since the first time I heard Universal Heartbeat on Triple J when I was in high school. And that evolved familiarity comes across in spades on her self titled collection of covers from 2012.

Cells is the perfect way for Juliana Hatfield to open an album in 2012. Bare acoustic guitar and mandolin, leading into a cool organ based groove, it sounds more restrained and mature than the songs from almost two decades ago that made me like her in the first place. But it’s also a sign that her music is aging more than gracefully. (more…)

MUSIC REVIEW | Juliana Hatfield – Only Everything (1995)

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In the mid 90s, I only knew Juliana Hatfield as the chick with the super cute voice who sang Josie and the Pussycats on the awesome Saturday Morning: Cartoon’s Greatest Hits compilation. But even then, all the way back in 1995, she’d already had a good run in the band Blake Babies, played a pretty big role in recording the Lemonheads seminal album It’s a Shame About Ray, and was well into a successful solo career. A solo career that really hit its stride with Only Everything.

The thing that stands out most when you press play, is how loud Only Everything is. A solo album from a female singer, songwriter comes with certain preconceptions. Acoustic preconceptions. But What a Life blasts this album out of gate with a genuine rock sound that is perfectly juxtaposed with Hatfield’s girly voice. The slower, sludgier, grimier Fleur De Lys is a different juxtaposition that delivers results that are just as good. (more…)