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Feb 16, 2010
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Hatfield moves toward a more acoustic sound for her self-produced 10th studio release.
Evan, I've never been the same
Since the day I hit my forehead on the doorframe
When I jumped over you and out of the bed
To answer the phone in my
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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.
Peace & Love continues this new mature streak with her most musically stripped down but lyrically most strident and complex collection yet. [Feb 2010, p. 102]
The songstress revisits some familiar themes in her deceptively straightforward compositions, underscoring mournful realizations with bonhomie.
Insular, claustrophobic, projecting a brittle vulnerability, Peace & Love requires some listner patience. [Mar 2010, p.86]
If the album would benefit from more variety in its tempo and range, Peace & Love is, at the very least, a successful mood piece that proves how well maturity suits Hatfield.
Here, awash in bedroom multitracking, she's more diffuse.
So, the album is uncool, there’s that, and still too ‘90s to be anything different than what came before, anything less than dated.
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