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Unhappy and unplugged, Hatfield remembers deceased singer-songwriter Jeff Buckley on "Trying Not to Think About It," and drowns in her sorrow much as he did in the Mississippi River. Likewise, "The Edge of Nowhere" reaffirms her new horizon--one in which "the world ends and the sun disappears."

The album's true prize, however, is the honest "As If Your Life Depended on It," which captures all of Hatfield's quintessence with vivid lyrics of reckless desperation. She sings, "No one to go home to/Your life is boring, too/So, you're living for the guy that you just met." Her words of depressing dependency breathe in slow motion while the music's mood is equally murky.

What is really sad but true is Hatfield's ironic struggle to find a place in an MTV generation that has become dominated by female singer-songwriters. Fortunately, she is one of the few precious gems that does not need to be polished or magnified. Commercial success may never come to knock on Hatfield's door, and that is exactly what Please Do Not Disturb says so well.

--Mr. P-body

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