Made in China (2005) At her best, Juliana Hatfield's that rare alt-rock old hand who knows the value of both power chords and sugary pop. But the sour largely… 2005-08-09 Juliana Hatfield Indie Rock
Music Review

Made in China (2005)

EW's GRADE
C

Details Release Date: Aug 09, 2005; Lead Performance: Juliana Hatfield; Genre: Indie Rock

At her best, Juliana Hatfield's that rare alt-rock old hand who knows the value of both power chords and sugary pop. But the sour largely overwhelms the sweet on this set of metal sludge, repetitive tunes, and purposefully ugly vocal effects called Made in China. For all her hardworking fury, Hatfield still connects best during the softer moments, like ''Hole in the Sky,'' an elegy to a friend. Otherwise, ''Digital Penetration'' is as dreadful as its title.

Originally posted Aug 05, 2005 Published in issue #833 Aug 12, 2005 Order article reprints