Some Girls Crushing Love

It’s hard to believe, but it’s been almost 20 years since Juliana Hatfield released her first album with the Blake Babies. While that record wasn’t too memorable, it was the start of a long and fruitful career for the Massachusetts native. In 2003, Hatfield teamed up with former Blake Babies drummer Freda Love to form Some Girls, a catchy, indie pop outfit, whose debut got critics talking. Hatfield, Love and bassist Heidi Gluck’s follow-up is no less brilliant. Crushing Love is a sensitive affair, filled with a plethora of pop hooks, harmonies and solid songwriting. Hatfield’s too-cool vocals ooze with sarcasm on "Hooray for L.A.,” a humorous song about the California metropolis, while "Social Control” is a catchy track that musically recalls mid-’90s East coast Canada. Whether it’s the band’s alternative tendencies, their colourful lyrics or their penchant for pop, there’s lots to love about this record. (Koch)