After a two-and-a-half-year break from recording and touring, Juliana Hatfield returns to public view with a charming, unpretentious, and entirely low-key EP. PLEASE DO NOT DISTURB shows that her musical skills have only improved during her hiatus. Though the disc starts with the ferocious "Sellout," a wry comment on the somewhat hypocritical anti-business attitude of by-then-passe alternative scenesters, it quickly moves into areas not previously explored by Hatfield.
The beautiful "Trying Not To Think About It" is the record's centerpiece. This delicate and haunting ballad was inspired by the death of a friend. A lush but spacious arrangement of acoustic guitars and keyboards recalls both Lisa Germano and '80s baroque-pop duo The Go-Betweens. The rest of the EP maintains this reflective feel even as things heat up, making PLEASE DO NOT DISTURB another mature and distinctive effort by one of the '90s' most talented performers.