Two years ago, I mentioned Juliana Hatfield’s political album Pussycat, an album of original songs about a certain Annoying Orange individual (e.g. “Short Fingered Man”).
In 2018, she released Juliana Hatfield Sings Olivia Newton-John, recording songs I grew up hating and turning them into songs I love. Early in 2019, she released Weird, an album of all new material.
And now in November 2019, she has released Juliana Hatfield Sings The Police, a selection of her favourite songs from the world’s most famous fake punk band. Oh my word, it’s bleeding brilliant, and she added something new to each one, only the album’s closer “It’s Alright For You” sounding even remotely similar to the original.
Hatfield is one of the most consistent recording artists I’ve ever heard. Not just consistent in how prolific she is (eighteen studio albums in 28 years, more than most acts) but the quality of material. Finding a weak song on a JH album is like finding an honest politician (e.g. AOC).
Youtube playlists are linked below the fold.
2019’s Juliana Hatfield Sings The Police:
Her 2018 album:
And for good measure, Hatfield’s first single as a solo artist, 1992’s “Everybody Loves Me But You”, recorded after she left Blake Babies.