Batten the Hatches

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Batten the Hatches
Batten the Hatches.jpg
Studio album by Jenny Owen Youngs
Released 2005 (Canada)
Genre Indie, folk rock
Length 37:03
41:07 (reissue)
Label Self-released
Nettwerk (reissue)
Producer Ronen Ben Codor, Dan Romer
Jenny Owen Youngs chronology
The Scrappy Demo
(2004)The Scrappy Demo2004
Batten the Hatches
The Take Off All Your Clothes EP
(2007)The Take Off All Your Clothes EP2007
Original cover
2005 self-release artwork
2005 self-release artwork
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3.5/5 stars[1]
Marie Claire 4/5 stars[2]
PopMatters 5/10 stars[3]
Rock Sound 7/10 stars[4]

Batten the Hatches is the debut album by American singer-songwriter Jenny Owen Youngs. Originally self-released in 2005 by Youngs, it was reissued with the bonus track "Drinking Song" two years later by the Nettwerk label.[5]

The track "Fuck Was I" was used in the first episode of the second season of the Showtime series Weeds, to illustrate a scene in which main character Nancy Botwin, a part-time marijuana dealer, discovers that her new lover is in fact a DEA agent. This appearance reportedly led to sales of the album increasing from between five and ten per week to between twenty and thirty per day.[6]

The album was listed as one of Guardian Unlimited's "Greatest Albums You've Never Heard" in a feature in November 2006.[7]

Track listing[edit]

All tracks written by Jenny Owen Youngs.
  1. "Porchrail" – 1:45
  2. "From Here" – 2:16
  3. "Fuck Was I" – 3:30
  4. "Lightning Rod" – 3:27
  5. "Voice on Tape" – 3:03
  6. "P.S." – 1:52
  7. "Bricks" – 5:00
  8. "Drinking Song" – 3:38
  9. "Woodcut" – 4:18
  10. "Coyote" – 3:14
  11. "Keys Out Lights On" – 5:00
  12. "Woodcut (The Age of Rockets remix)" – 4:04
    • Remix by Andrew Futral




  • Ronen Ben Codor – additional arrangements on track 11
  • Andrew Futral – remix (track 12, reissued version), additional arrangements on tracks 3 & 5
  • Jay Newland – mastering
  • Dan Romer – production, engineering, arrangements, mixing

Release history[edit]

Region Date Label Format Catalog
Canada 2005 Self-released CD
Canada, UK April 10, 2007 Nettwerk CD 0 6700 30648 2 8


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