Become What You Are

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Become What You Are
Juliana Hatfield - Become What You Are.jpg
Studio album by The Juliana Hatfield Three
Released August 3, 1993
Studio Holywood Sound in Los Angeles
Genre Alternative rock
Length 40:22
Label Mammoth
Producer Scott Litt
The Juliana Hatfield Three chronology
Become What You Are
Whatever, My Love
(2015)Whatever, My Love2015
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 in the soundtrack of the 1994 film Reality Bites.[5] As of January 1995, Become What You Are had sold 233,000 copies in the US according to Nielsen SoundScan.[6]

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 3.5/5 stars[4]
Entertainment Weekly A−[7]
Robert Christgau (choice cut)[8]

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.[9]

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Supermodel" Juliana Hatfield[3] 2:52
2. "My Sister" Hatfield[3] 3:22
3. "This Is the Sound" Hatfield[3] 3:01
4. "For the Birds" Hatfield[3] 4:14
5. "Mabel" Hatfield[3] 4:09
6. "A Dame with a Rod" Hatfield[3] 2:55
7. "Addicted" Hatfield[3] 3:16
8. "Feelin' Massachusetts" Hatfield[3] 4:11
9. "Spin the Bottle" Hatfield[3] 2:23
10. "President Garfield" Hatfield[3] 4:38
11. "Little Pieces" Hatfield[3] 3:05
12. "I Got No Idols" Dean Fisher, Hatfield, Todd Philips[3] 2:16
Total length: 40:22


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



Chart (1993) Peak
Top Heatseekers 1[10]
Billboard 200 119[10]


Year Single Chart Peak
1993 "My Sister" Modern Rock Tracks 1[10]
1993 "My Sister" UK Singles Chart 71[11]
1994 "Spin the Bottle" Mainstream Top 40 39[10]
1994 "Spin the Bottle" UK Singles Chart 83[11]


  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 d e f g h i j k l m n 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. ^ Craig Rosen (1995-01-21). "With Profit Boost, Hatfield Readies 2nd Mammoth Solo". Billboard. 107 (3): 8, 17, 30. Retrieved 2016-08-07. 
  7. ^ Deborah Frost (1993-08-06). "Become What You Are". Entertainment Weekly. Archived from the original on 2015-09-25. Retrieved 2016-08-07. 
  8. ^ Robert Christgau. "The Juliana Hatfield Three". Archived from the original on 2016-08-07. Retrieved 2016-08-07. 
  9. ^ "Albums and Tracks of the Year". NME. Archived from the original on 2016-03-04. Retrieved 2016-08-07. 
  10. ^ a b c d "Become What You Are - Awards". AllMusic. Archived from the original on 2012-08-28. Retrieved 2016-08-07. 
  11. ^ a b "UK Official Charts: Juliana Hatfield". Official Charts Company. 2016. Retrieved 16 December 2016. 

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