Juliana's Pony: Total System Failure

  • Record Label: Zoe
  • Release Date: May 16, 2000
Metascore
35

Generally unfavorable reviews - based on 5 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 0 out of 5
  2. Negative: 2 out of 5
  1. It’s easily the weakest album in her career and sounds even worse when compared to the subtle path of Beautiful Creature.
User Score
7.3

Generally favorable reviews- based on 11 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 4
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 4
  3. Negative: 2 out of 4
  1. Jun 1, 2015
    0
    The last thing I want to do is offend Juliana Hatfield fans, as "My Protegee" is an awesome song; however, everything else in this album isThe last thing I want to do is offend Juliana Hatfield fans, as "My Protegee" is an awesome song; however, everything else in this album is not. It just seems like there is just something missing from the tracks. To be honest I have heard worse, but not that many. This album's badness is quite noticeable as there are many great female rockers out there today. What separates Juliana Hatfield from them is that she does not have a clear direction in making crisp and re-listenable music. It is not to say that all her music is sloppy, but in this album it certainly appeared so. If I were her I would try something to make my sound more unique. All the riffs came across as carbon copies of other pieces of work, that is if the copying process was made through the cheapest means possible. The sound gives an unfinished vibe that is hard to fathom. I think the title says it all: "Total System Failure." That is probably the most honest advertising I have seen in a long time. I actually kinda wish more record companies would spend the time to make the titles perfectly reflect what the consumer is getting into. Full Review »
  2. Jan 11, 2012
    10
    I think this is one of Juliana's best albums. I'm sure it goes over the heads of those who just want to hear her cute little voice over someI think this is one of Juliana's best albums. I'm sure it goes over the heads of those who just want to hear her cute little voice over some pretty music. She is so much more than that. The ideas in this album (lyrically) are amazing and are what make the album...scary white trash breeders! Full Review »
  3. KendallB
    Jan 27, 2009
    9
    Raw and unbashedly noisy...it's Hatfield at her crankiest. "My Protegee" could be one of her best songs to date.