The album was recorded at Hollywood Sound, mixed at Oceanway Studios and mastered at Precision Mastering in Los Angeles. It was released on August 3, 1993 by Mammoth Records. The song "Spin the Bottle" is featured in the soundtrack of the 1994 film Reality Bites. As of January 1995, Become What You Are had sold 233,000 copies in the US according to Nielsen SoundScan.
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." The album was ranked No. 9 in NME's Albums of the Year list for 1993.