Become What You Are Call it the asexual revolution. Now that MTV symbols like Madonna have shown us everything we didn't want to know about sex, indie rock vet… Become What You Are Call it the asexual revolution. Now that MTV symbols like Madonna have shown us everything we didn't want to know about sex, indie rock vet… Juliana Hatfield Rock
Music Review

Become What You Are (1993)

EW's GRADE
A-

Details Lead Performance: Juliana Hatfield; Genre: Rock

Call it the asexual revolution. Now that MTV symbols like Madonna have shown us everything we didn't want to know about sex, indie rock vet Juliana Hatfield, 26, has assumed the one really radical position left. Her shtick is not about being like a virgin, but literally being one. Her second solo album, Become What You Are, prickles with tension-sans-relief masterpieces that testify there's no such thing as just saying no. Pummeling the craftiest grunge guitar east of the Rockies, Hatfield turns pop's love and narrative conventions upside down, from the disappointment of ''President Garfield,'' a thinly veiled dig at her former punk idol Henry Rollins, to the ambivalence of ''Spin the Bottle,'' in which she ponders the consequences of spending five minutes alone with an actor who's ''in really stupid movies — it's not his fault.'' There are also startlingly infectious encounters with anorexia (''Addicted'') and anger (''A Dame With a Rod''). Despite Hatfield's somewhat one-dimensionally precious vocals, this is one dame who, with or without a rod, deserves a bullet. A-

Originally posted Aug 06, 1993 Published in issue #182 Aug 06, 1993 Order article reprints
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