Juliana Hatfield's "Physical" In NPR's Heavy Rotation

"When Juliana Hatfield takes on Olivia Newton-John's "Physical," coyness gives way to assertiveness, turning the lyric "Let's get physical" from a request into a demand. Hatfield double-tracks her vocal to bring some gloss and depth to the verse, matching the mood of Newton-John's original. But the bracing tumult of the mid-track solo tips us off and by the last chorus, the foreplay is over. Hatfield adds some snarl to her tone singing, "Let's get animal," leaving next to no trace of the knowing seduction in Newton-John's original recording." — Donald James, WGBH