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Beautiful Creature

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Juliana Hatfield hasn't released an album since 1998's Bed, which came on the heels of her ill-fated, unfinished and unreleased God's Foot. Beautiful Creature sounds much more complete than Bed, and proves to be her most entertaining release since 1992's Hey Babe. Full of songs about vulnerability and longing, it refuses to wilt into bland Lilith Fair grandeur. In fact, it's rather simple--Hatfield strums in front of the standard drums and bass, occasionally joined by strings or a keyboard line. The lyrics take up most of the space, thanks to Hatfield's airy, sighing delivery. Her voice is perfect for the mild "Might Be in Love" and the plaintively powerful "Don't Rush Me." While this is an excellent release, those who miss Hatfield's loud rockers should bypass Beautiful Creature and head straight for the sister release, Total System Failure, a crunchy stack of decibels by her new trio, Juliana's Pony. --Jason Josephes

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (May 16, 2000)
  • Original Release Date: May 16, 2000
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Zoe Records
  • ASIN: B00004T9RW
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #283,707 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Andy Ashmore on May 17, 2000
Format: Audio CD
Maybe changing record labels was the best thing Juliana Hatfield could have done for herself. Hatfield's first Zoe release is breath taking, presenting more than several songs that leave you wondering, "Now why hasn't someone else written this before?"
This is not a typical Hatfield record, leaving out most of her signature electric guitar riffs, and substituting for an acoustic strum. Not to fear, this album has more power behind it than any of the other records. But not to fear, where she has replaced the feriocious guitars, she has by far made up in crafting her songs.
Juliana has always been a superior songwriter, setting herself apart from the Lilith wrung outs, by simply not fitting a mold, and bending where most don't bend. On "Beautiful Creature", she found where she did fit, contacted a real estate agent, and set up camp. On the second track, she sings of the typical bad dreams, but a third dimension to the emmotion of the song, when you just know that you have been in her shoes before.
Unlike her girl power acoustic strumming cohorts, Hatfield finishes her songs with common sense lyrics which are easy to understand, rather than the "see spot run" rhymes and poetry of say, Jewel, that leave the listener pretending to understand what she is trying to get across.
Hatfield never been an official member of that group anyways, giving her true rock crediblilty. The album does take a glimpse of that trait on songs such as "Cool Rock Boy", a techno beated, true rock song (as the title so cleverly hints at).
If you are reading this... this is the album you have been waiting for. If you are a newcomer to Juliana's music, this is a good place to start also. And even if you just stumbled across this by accident, it's probably for you too.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By S. Johnston on July 19, 2000
Format: Audio CD
I love Juliana Hatfield's music and have every one of her albums (including all the Blake Babies stuff). The dual release of Beautiful Creature and Total System Failure seems to be an exploration of her split musical persona, the "quiet" vs "grunge". I bought both discs and currently find myself playing Beautiful Creature more. Juliana's more introspective little-girl-lost voice on "Hey Babe" originally hooked me to her stuff, and there seems to be a similar simple elegance on this disc, songs like Close Your Eyes and Slow Motion coo and hush the ears into a sweet trance. But musically I don't hear much that isn't straight out of pop music's standard box of chord progressions; not meaning to sound hypercritical, but I know from past releases that Juliana has tons more talent tucked away. Not too many of Juliana's usually clever angular corners are turned (they're all reserved for Total System Failure where they are drowned in distortion), not as many jangling suspended chords in the trademark Juliana fashion, and (with the exception of "Until Tomorrow") all the songs on Beautiful Creature amble along to fairly uncomplicated beats in 4-4. Some of Juliana's angst-ish edge may have evaporated with these quieter reflections, but it still makes for great listening, it's simply Juliana in a different light, quieter, simpler. Still, here's hoping the next Juliana release is more like "Bed", mashing her two personas back into the one entity - angular punchy songs that are smoothed out by her sweet voice while not being drowned out by (too much) grunge.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Angel Diva on May 26, 2001
Format: Audio CD
The first time I ever heard this woman was on a movie and I waited until the credits and went to find the song on Napster. I found it and then I found some other stuff of hers. The song I first heard was "Might be in Love" and I LOVED it! Then I fell in love with "Somebody is Waiting For Me" and "Everybody Loves Me But You" and soon I began craving more so I downloaded all her songs, and I am HOOKED! But I must say I was suprised after listening to some of her harder music because of how mellow and easy these songs are on this CD. But I love this one. She is truly gifted. Every song is a masterpiece and I wish she would get more credit. She should be on the radio instead of all those dumb teeny bopper songstresses. Keep up the good work, Juliana.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Mister Charlie VINE VOICE on December 12, 2006
Format: Audio CD
I usually don't get much out of rave reviews from committed fans. Not that there's anything wrong with committed fans, all artists should be so lucky as to have them. But when I'm sitting on the fence trying to decide whether to check out a new artist, or, like in this case, rediscover one I used to know, I try to avoid such reviews/fans.

But most of JH's albums are available used for super-cheap, so I went ahead and picked up 4 of her '90s albums.

Even back when I enjoyed the Blake Babies and JH's 1st couple of albums and her intersection with the Lemonheads, I always found her a bit hit-and-miss. Some songs i like A LOT, and some make me roll my eyes because of too-obvious chord changes, arrangements and production, bland delivery or just plain embarrassing lyrics.

I discovered all of the above experiences were waiting for me again on these new albums, and this, BEAUTIFUL CREATURE, was no exception. There's even one song (i think it's "Hotels") you can sing that big Chris Isaak hit 'Wicked Game' over! Tsk! Then there's "Cool Rock Boy", with a song on the companion album that refers to a "Little White Boy" and other equally adventurous wordplay. Nothing against her but that kind of lyrical laziness leaves me cold. I suspect she's a much more interesting person than many of her lyrics let on.

So, if you're on the fence, and used to like Juliana Hatfield but haven't heard her in awhile, I would probably steer you away from this one and towards In Exile Deo or perhaps Made in China. In Exile Deo has a couple of the best JH songs I've probably ever heard ("Get in Line" [a Revolver-esque romp] and "Because We Love You" [one of the best songs Teenage Fanclub didn't write]) and is worth it just for those songs.
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