My Sister

Juliana Hatfield

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My Sister Review

by Jason Ankeny

Autobiographical angst or fictional finesse? Juliana Hatfield doesn't actually have a sister, but the love-hate sibling dynamics explored in "My Sister" nevertheless ring true. A messy conflagration of idolatry, bitterness, separation, and loss, the song nails the conflicts and complexities of family life with blunt accuracy, and even makes room for unforgettable couplets like "I miss my sister -- why'd she go?/She's the one who would've taken me to my first all-ages show/It was the Violent Femmes and the Del Fuegos." Moody and textured, it remains one of the textbook examples of the alt-rock sound. The flip side of this limited-edition 7" single contains a demo version of the Become What You Are rape-revenge fantasy "A Dame with a Rod" and the tedious non-LP exclusive "Put It Away."