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Peace & Love

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Peace and Love
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The End of the War
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Why Can't We Love Each Other
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Butterflies
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What Is Wrong
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Unsung
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Evan
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Let's Go Home
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I Picked You Up
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Faith in Our Friends
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I'm Disappearing
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Dear Anonymous
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Album Information

Total Tracks: 12   Total Length: 39:50

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Kristina Feliciano writes about music, photography, and life in NYC. She’s a lifelong jazz lover—her mainstays include Blossom Dearie, Dinah Washington, Bill Ev...more »

02.16.10
Juliana Hatfield, Peace & Love
2010 | Label: Ye Olde Records / The Orchard

Peace & Love may not be Juliana Hatfield’s most personal album to date. Her lyrics for years have been mostly first-person — even when they were about persons other than herself. But Peace & Love is the closest she’s ever let listeners get to her. And that's not just because there’s a song called “Evan,” about her old flame Evan Dando, that ends with nearly 30 seconds of her singing, over and over, “Evan, I… read more »

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I had every intention

dramoscordova

I really wanted to like this record. How to Walk Away was great-and probably not even in the upper tier of her best work. This record belongs in the snoozeville singer songwriter share my soul whether it is interesting or not category. Maybe a full band could have lifted a few tunes from their doldrums, but I doubt it. Next record, please.

They Say All Music Guide

Starkly contrasting with the assured studiocraft of How to Walk Away, Peace & Love presents Juliana Hatfield unadorned. Largely acoustic and spare — the piano of “Why Can’t We Love Each Other” and insistent rhythms of “Let’s Go Home” standing out all the more in this context — Peace & Love has the feeling of a confessional, a suspicion reinforced by the existence of songs like “Evan” that feel like a letter to a longtime friend. Autobiography has always been an element of Hatfield’s work, something she made plain in her memoir and accompanying blog, but viewing this album as a strict journal does a disservice to Juliana’s writing, whether it’s her gift for a sly turn of lyrical phrase or how her melodies rise and fall with a natural grace. Viewing Peace & Love as merely a collection of emotional bloodletting also obscures how it flows as a proper old-fashioned album, shifting tones subtly over its 12 songs, with the instrumental “Unsung” arriving at precisely the right moment and ending on a suitably ambiguous, haunting note with “Dear Anonymous.” Peace & Love remains something of a mood piece — it’s ruminative, not rousing, never succumbing to navel-gazing but not suited for large crowds — which does mean it doesn’t quite have the undeniable power of How to Walk Away, but when a softly melancholy mood strikes, this provides comforting consolation. – Stephen Thomas Erlewine

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