Hatfield lists her two greatest influences as Olivia Newton-John and the Replacements, and she's not kidding: Her songs typically meld her kittenish vocals with incisive lyrics and hard guitar hooks with pure pop songcraft. Hatfield's songs can be emotionally bare or lyrically obtuse, often at the same time. Ironically for a songwriter of Hatfield's power, one of the best examples of her gifts is her cover of the Police's "Every Breath You Take." She lays a layer of menace to the music and pleading to the vocals, bringing to the forefront a fact that Puff Daddy seemed to miss: It isn't a love song; it's a song from a pathetic stalker. Hatfield's originals are rarely comfortable emotionally, either, but even at her most pathetic, she has enough insight and artistry to make it fun to listen.
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