Beautiful Creature

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Barnes & Noble - Steve Klinge
Juliana Hatfield's baby must have done a bad, bad thing. On the simultaneously released BEAUTIFUL CREATURE and TOTAL SYSTEM FAILURE credited to Juliana's Pony, Hatfield delineates the desperation, frustration, and anger that love produces. BEAUTIFUL CREATURE is the more polished and accessible of the sister albums and one of Hatfield's best since her days with the recently reconvened Blake Babies. It highlights her singer-songwriter side, with echoes of Jill Sobule who has a similarly girlish voice and Aimee Mann who writes with similar precision about emotional turmoil. For this album, Hatfield enlists a variety of sidemen including singer-songwriter David Garza for ...
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Barnes & Noble - Steve Klinge
Juliana Hatfield's baby must have done a bad, bad thing. On the simultaneously released BEAUTIFUL CREATURE and TOTAL SYSTEM FAILURE credited to Juliana's Pony, Hatfield delineates the desperation, frustration, and anger that love produces. BEAUTIFUL CREATURE is the more polished and accessible of the sister albums and one of Hatfield's best since her days with the recently reconvened Blake Babies. It highlights her singer-songwriter side, with echoes of Jill Sobule who has a similarly girlish voice and Aimee Mann who writes with similar precision about emotional turmoil. For this album, Hatfield enlists a variety of sidemen including singer-songwriter David Garza for lead guitar and coproduction on several tracks and producers including Scott Litt, although Hatfield's skilled guitar work, often acoustic, anchors each track. Even when there's an underlying bitterness to the lyrics, BEAUTIFUL CREATURE is a sweetly melodic and catchy album. "I don't want to pine my days away but I miss your body," she sings to the lover whom she otherwise can't forgive -- or forget -- in "Don't Rush Me." The seemingly soothing "Choose Drugs" ends with a failed ultimatum to an addicted lover: "I say it's me or drugs/You choose drugs," and the effect is heartrending. Radio-friendly hooks and ringing choruses slyly mask the heartbreak in "Somebody Is Waiting for Me" and "Cry in the Dark." The tension between the seductive and sophisticated music and the forthright and often unsettling lyrics make BEAUTIFUL CREATURE a beautiful creation.
All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Considering that Juliana Hatfield hadn't been a serious contender for either the alt-rock charts or critical acclaim since 1995's Only Everything, her simultaneous release of two new albums in the spring of 2000 was slightly puzzling. Surely, her dedicated cult would purchase both at once, but it was too much music for anyone outside of her hardcore following. To her credit, Beautiful Creature and its sibling Total System Failure was not one album spread over two lengthy records, but two albums with their own distinctive characters. Beautiful Creature is a return to classic, Hey Babe-era Hatfield, whereas Total System Failure is a loud rock album. It was almost as if Hatfield couldn't decide which approach would make for a stronger comeback in 2000, so she put them both out. Of the two, Beautiful Creature is not only the superior record, it's the best album she's made since made since the heyday of Hey Babe. Melodic, wistful, whimsical, reflective, yet clever, the album showcases Hatfield at her peak, crafting fragile, endearing post-jangle pop songs that reveal themselves shyly and sweetly. Her girlish voice and almost painfully introspective vantage may still be an acquired taste, but she hasn't sounded as focused and consistently tuneful as she has here in many a year.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 5/16/2000
  • Label: Zoe Records
  • UPC: 601143101120
  • Catalog Number: 431011

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Daniel (4:31)
  2. 2 Close Your Eyes (3:21)
  3. 3 Choose Drugs (3:41)
  4. 4 Cool Rock Boy (4:00)
  5. 5 Don't Rush Me (4:01)
  6. 6 Slow Motion (2:53)
  7. 7 Might Be in Love (2:45)
  8. 8 Somebody's Waiting for Me (3:24)
  9. 9 Until Tomorrow (4:44)
  10. 10 The Easy Way Out (3:23)
  11. 11 Hotels (4:28)
  12. 12 When You Loved Me (3:30)
  13. 13 Cry in the Dark (3:43)
  14. 14 Every Breath You Take (3:49)
  15. 15 When You Loved Me (3:34)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Juliana Hatfield Primary Artist, Primary Artist, Bass, Guitar, Harmonica, Vocals
Mike Hale Percussion, Drums
Andy Kravitz Drums, Keyboards
Scott Litt Drums
Wally Gagel Bass, Guitar, Drums, Keyboards, Recorder
Jim Boggia Guitar, Background Vocals
Davíd Garza Bass, Guitar, Piano, Drums
John Thomasson Bass
Jason Sutter Drums
Duke Roth Cello
Michael Hale Percussion, Drums
Brian Brown Electric Piano
Damon Richardson Drums
Todd Philips Drums
Technical Credits
Juliana Hatfield Producer
Andy Kravitz Producer, Engineer
Scott Litt Producer, Engineer
Toby Mountain Mastering
Wally Gagel Programming, Producer, Engineer
Brian Lee Mastering
Matthew Ellard Engineer
Davíd Garza Producer
Brian Brown Engineer
Keith Floyd Engineer
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