September 11, 1998 at 04:00 AM EDT

Bed

type
Music
Current Status
In Season
performer
Juliana Hatfield
genre
Indie Rock
We gave it an A-

The opening feedback heralds Hatfield’s renewed vigor after her messy major-label split. Hatfield’s smart, effects-free rock has the immediate thrill of a great garage band. Bed is filled with aggressive rockers about duplicitous lovers as well as acoustic musings on fame. And the infectious ”Swan Song” invokes John Mellencamp (”Dear Jack, I hate you, love Diane”) while wryly lobbing suicide threats. A-

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