August 30, 2011
Ye Olde Records
Pop/Rock, Alternative Pop/Rock, Adult Alternative Pop/Rock, Alternative/Indie Rock

Album Review

Bankrolled via the crowd-sourced funding site Pledgemusic, There’s Always Another Girl shifts away from the sparely introspective Peace & Love without returning to the lusher textures of How to Walk Away. Appropriately enough for a record financed by fans, There’s Always Another Girl hearkens back in its sound and spirit to Juliana’s earliest indie recordings -- both solo and with the Blake Babies -- with Hatfield finding plenty of colors in nothing more than layers of guitars and voices accentuated by the occasional keyboard; yet this isn’t a retreat to the past, it’s a continuation of the excellent, mature work she’s done in the new millennium. This shares a strain of weathered weariness with Peace & Love, particularly on the closing stretch, but it’s a richer record sonically and emotionally, possessing a variety of textures and feeling within Hatfield’s recognizable signature. Perhaps Pledgemusic gives There’s Always Another Girl an identifiable angle to the world at large -- it did generate a story in Salon around the week of its release -- and that runs the risk of suggesting the album is only for a devotees, or that Hatfield is somewhat past her prime, when neither is true: she’s been in something of a career renaissance ever since the mid-2000s, creating sharp adult pop that’s accessible without being commercial, so if fan funding is what’s needed to keep her actively recording, this album is a great testament to its potential power.
Stephen Thomas Erlewine, Rovi

Track Listing

  1. Change the World
  2. Taxicab
  3. Don't Wanna Dance
  4. There's Always Another Girl
  5. Candy Wrappers
  6. Someone Else's Problem
  7. Sex and Drugs
  8. Stray Kids
  9. Failure
  10. Vagabond
  11. And Again
  12. Batteries
  13. Wasting Time
  14. Thousands of Guitars
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