November 15, 1993 12:00 PM

The Juliana Hatfield Three

She poses for photos in big old Doc Martens and delivers lyrics—in a fragile, little-girl voice—about hating everyone, wanting to be cool and playing spin the bottle. Yet Hatfield’s second solo album offers clues that she may be more complex than, say, a character on Beverly Hills 90210.

Though she has announced that insecurity about her musical ability sometimes makes her suicidal, she plays lead guitar on her pert new pop songs with rollicking confidence. She is equally artful at writing fictional lyrics that seem true. The sweet song “My Sister” is full of convincing details about young sisters, though in fact Hatfield has no sister. It is this contradiction between her mature skills and her naive image that makes this artist such an intriguing performer. (Atlantic)

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