Juliana's Pony: Total System Failure

  • Record Label: Zoe
  • Release Date: May 16, 2000
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7.3

Generally favorable reviews- based on 11 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 out of 11
  2. Negative: 2 out of 11

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  1. RaoulX
    Jul 15, 2004
    2
    I bought this album because it seemed like an interesting concept, and as a sign of respect for an artist I truly enjoy and admire. It suuuuuucked. Ms. Hatfield ought to give me a free copy of In Exile Deo.
  2. 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 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 JulianaThe 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. Expand
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. The music is occasionally difficult to embrace, to say the least...
  2. An unseemly, almost unnecessary foray into heavy metal and hard rock, especially in light of her success on the acoustic side.
  3. Messy, noisy, directionless, and painfully shy on both tunes and purpose... and winds up sounding a bit like a parody.