Become What You Are

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Become What You Are
Juliana Hatfield - Become What You Are.jpg
Studio album by
ReleasedAugust 3, 1993
StudioHolywood Sound in Los Angeles
GenreAlternative rock
ProducerScott Litt
The Juliana Hatfield Three chronology
Become What You Are
Whatever, My Love
Juliana Hatfield chronology
Hey Babe
Become What You Are
Only Everything
Singles from Become What You Are
  1. "My Sister"
    Released: 1993
  2. "Spin the Bottle"
    Released: 1994

Become What You Are is the debut studio album by the American alternative rock band the Juliana Hatfield Three, released on August 3, 1993, by Mammoth Records. The album includes the hit singles "My Sister" and "Spin the Bottle".

Recording and release[edit]

The singer and guitarist, Juliana Hatfield, recorded Become What You Are with drummer Todd Philips, formerly of Moving Targets and Bullet LaVolta, and bassist Dean Fisher, who she met during high school in Duxbury, Massachusetts.[1] Unlike her previous album Hey Babe, which deals with personal topics, Hatfield decided to write songs about other things and make them more universal.[2] The title of the album was inspired by German philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche, whom Hatfield admired.[1]

The album was recorded at Hollywood Sound, mixed at Oceanway Studios and mastered at Precision Mastering in Los Angeles.[3] It was released on August 3, 1993, by Mammoth Records.[4] The song "Spin the Bottle" is featured on the soundtrack of the 1994 film Reality Bites.[5] As of February 2010, Become What You Are had sold 267,000 copies in the US according to Nielsen SoundScan.[6]

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
AllMusic3.5/5 stars[4]
Chicago Tribune2.5/4 stars[7]
Christgau's Consumer Guide(choice cut)[8]
Entertainment WeeklyA−[9]

Become What You Are received generally favorable reviews. Stephen Thomas Erlewine of AllMusic praised Hatfield's honest vocals on "Supermodel," "My Sister," and "Spin the Bottle", stating that "her talents are strong enough to carry the album over the weak spots."[4] The album was ranked No. 9 in NME's Albums of the Year list for 1993.[10]

Track listing[edit]

All tracks written by Juliana Hatfield except where noted.

2."My Sister"3:22
3."This Is the Sound"3:01
4."For the Birds"4:14
6."A Dame with a Rod"2:55
8."Feelin' Massachusetts"4:11
9."Spin the Bottle"2:23
10."President Garfield"4:38
11."Little Pieces"3:05
12."I Got No Idols" (Hatfield, Dean Fisher, Todd Philips)2:16
Total length:40:22



Credits are adapted from the album's liner notes.[3]



Chart (1993) Peak
Top Heatseekers 1[11]
Billboard 200 119[11]


Year Single Chart Peak
1993 "My Sister" Modern Rock Tracks 1[11]
1993 "My Sister" UK Singles Chart 71[12]
1994 "Spin the Bottle" Mainstream Top 40 39[11]
1994 "Spin the Bottle" UK Singles Chart 83[12]


  1. ^ a b Media, Spin L.L.C. (March 1994). "Mystery Date". Spin. 9 (12): 32–35, 82. Retrieved 2016-08-07.
  2. ^ Ann Scanlon (January 1994). "Interview with Juliana Hatfield". Vox.
  3. ^ a b c Become What You Are (CD booklet). The Juliana Hatfield Three. Mammoth. 1993. 7 92278-2.
  4. ^ a b c Stephen Thomas Erlewine. "Become What You Are". AllMusic. Archived from the original on 2016-03-11. Retrieved 2016-08-07.
  5. ^ "Juliana Hatfield: The reluctant heartthrob". Lakeland Ledger: 3C. 1994-04-13. Retrieved 2016-08-09.
  6. ^ Nielsen Business Media, Inc. (2010-01-09). Billboard. Nielsen Business Media, Inc. pp. 6–. ISSN 0006-2510.
  7. ^ Kot, Greg (1993-08-26). "Juliana Hatfield Three Become What You Are (Mammoth/Atlantic)". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved 2018-07-29.
  8. ^ Christgau, Robert (2000-10-15). "The Juliana Hatfield Three". Christgau's Consumer Guide: Albums of the '90s. Macmillan Publishing. ISBN 9780312245603.
  9. ^ Deborah Frost (1993-08-06). "Become What You Are". Entertainment Weekly. Archived from the original on 2015-09-25. Retrieved 2016-08-07.
  10. ^ "Albums and Tracks of the Year". NME. Archived from the original on 2016-03-04. Retrieved 2016-08-07.
  11. ^ a b c d "Become What You Are - Awards". AllMusic. Archived from the original on 2012-08-28. Retrieved 2016-08-07.
  12. ^ a b "UK Official Charts: Juliana Hatfield". Official Charts Company. 2016. Retrieved 16 December 2016.

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