Blake Babies: Sunburn (1990)
"Out There" was the single that first got my attention, and even today it holds up as one of the catchiest songs of the era, jangly and longing and dark yet somehow still hopeful; it's just too freakin' great for words, an early career high for Hatfield. But there are other standouts here. "Look Away" is a little nastier (actually, a lot of this is pretty far from sunshine and puppies lyrically), perfectly balancing a bit of edge with a buoyant, jangly sound in the verse; "Watch Me Now I'm Calling" is interestingly askew pop; "Kiss and Make Up" is warm and inviting.
Throughout, Hatfield's fragile, girlish vocals provide an ideal counterpoint to the harsher break-up-aligned lyrics and unpredictably jagged guitar lines which seem designed to keep this from veering too closely into simple pop music. (I don't know if there's a direct connection, but the distinct guitar sound here seems to presage the sound Liz Phair would champion a few years later on Exile in Guyville.)
Here's the video for "Out There":