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Live Through This

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Artist: Hole
Genre: Rock/Pop, Punk
Release Date: April 1994

Review by LarryG
4 stars out of 4

I'm not a big fan of Courtney as self promoter or partial cause of the suicide of a musical genius but as writer & performer, it's hard to deny her work on Live Though This. It's a transition between  her earlier, wilder work and the radio friendly, tamer Celebrity Skin and Live Through This has punk energy while still being accessible. The record came in the wake of investigations into whether the admitted former heroin user was an appropriate mother as well as the drug problems of various band members and the presumably explosive family life which preceded Kurt Cobain's death. References to the anxieties of motherhood proliferate. Love's rage juices up the music. Miss World and Violet are interesting expressions of inner turmoil as Love explodes on the choruses, but they're also great rock songs. A couple songs like Gutless are just punk rants but most of Live Though This is fast but textured and catchy. Credit In The Straight World and Rock Star, simply based on Courtney's electric guitar, are interesting musically and actually provide some insight into Love. In my mind, the record suffers when it slows down with Love's less than profound observation that she's Doll Parts but usually it's a great rock record.

Here's what others reviewers have to say:

"...Try divorcing Courtney Love the gossip-column item...from this album to find Courtney Love the punk-rock musician..."   Included on Neil Strauss' list of the Top 10 Albums Of '94  New York Times 1/5/95, p.C15

"...Love delivers punk not only as insinuating as Nirvana's but as corrosive as the Sex Pistols'. More significantly, LIVE THROUGH THIS may be the most potent blast of female insurgency ever committed to tape..." Rolling Stone 12/29/94-1/12/95, p.191

"...The result is a personal but secretive thrash-pop opera of urban nihilism and passionate dumbthinks..." 8 - Excellent  New Musical Express 4/9/94, p.40



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