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  • Personnel: Juliana Hatfield (vocals, guitar, horns, bass); John Wesley Harding (vocals); Evan Dando (vocals, guitar); Mike Leahy, Clay Tarver, Gary Smith, Michael Wegner, Chick Graning (guitar); Mike Watt (bass); Todd Philips, Paul Trudeau (drums).
  • Recorded at Fort Apache Studios, Cambridge, Massachusetts.
  • On her first solo album Juliana Hatfield retains the minimal guitar-driven pop sound she'd perfected over five years with Boston's Blake Babies. She even goes so far as to re-record "Nirvana" from that band's final EP, ROSY JACK WORLD. This more aggressive version sounds positively triumphant in the face of the galvanizing worldwide success the Blake Babies had achieved in the year since the song's first appearance.
  • The rest of the album is as solid as "Nirvana," with the infectious singles "Everybody Loves Me But You," "I See You," and the lyrically disturbing but wildly catchy "Forever Baby" standing out. The album's centerpiece is "Ugly," a haunting acoustic track with plain-spoken lyrics of self-hatred, a theme to which Hatfield returned many times at this stage in her career--often to much controversy. HEY BABE is a strong start to the second chapter of Hatfield's career.
Professional Reviews
Rolling Stone (7/9/92, p.106) - 3.5 Stars - Good Plus - "...Hatfield has often written vindictive or confrontational songs, and on HEY BABE, she harnesses a harsher music to match her morose introspection..."

Entertainment Weekly (1/7/93, p.126) - Ranked #10 in Entertainment Weekly's list of the Top 10 Albums Of 1992.

Entertainment Weekly (5/15/92, p.63) - "..Hatfield continues her sometimes painful dissertations on the zeitgeist of contemporary female angst, with generally awesome results...uncompromisingly articulate.." - Rating: B+

Q (1/93, p.71) - Included in Q's list of the `50 Best Albums Of 1992.'

Q (10/92, p.82) - 3 Stars - Good

Musician (5/92, p.90) - "...I was bowled over by its tuneful intensity and unabashed pop ambition...well worth hearing..."
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