This is Juliana Hatfield's first solo album after she departed from seminal indie band, Blake Babies. An accomplished, lovable and instantly catchy album, Hey Babe is a piece of indie history that has set standards for many male and female guitar-playing solo artists since.
First track, Everybody Loves Me, is a brilliantly driven guitar track, which was aparently written about her then partner, Evan Dando. Juliana's voice is it's typically high and chipper here, and it just adds to the infectiousness of the music. Songs like this are a perfect example of Juliana's colourful early meaterial, which compared to her later stuff would not so much mature, as darken in the years to come. I See You, the excellent single, is another ode to love and obsession and features John Wesley Harding on backing vocals. Other great tracks here include Ugly, the dischordant and elegant acoustic track which is a presumed showcase for Juliana's troubled thinking at the time this album was made ('I'm pretty lost but I don't wanna be found..'), and the crown of the album must be the terrific Quit. A great ode to not letting fame get to you too much ('I could own it all. Better jump before I fall..'), which ends in a brilllaint, epic wall of sound.
Always keen to stay at the independent end of rock, Juliana Hatefield has produced many albums of varying styles, prodcution and quality. But for a debut album, Hey Babe is as strong as any artist could wish for. You can feel Juliana's metality around the time of the inception of the album, as it reflects perfectly in the songs: vulnerable, humane and above all, determined.