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Live Through This

Hole

1994

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Live Through This

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3.15

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5

I've never listened to Hole. Courtney Love is a complicated and polarizing figure and for that reason I've never really had an interest in her music. I should've just listened. This is a monster of an album and grabbed me immediately with its punk and hardcore inspired grunge. It has memorable lyrics, great musicianship, all topped off with Courtney Love's incredible vocal delivery. Hole is supremely talented and after hearing this, much preferred to other grunge acts of the time. I'm glad I gave it a listen.

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5

hits hard

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5

Much more amazing than I have it credit for.

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5

For my money probably the best grunge album

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5

lesbian vibes. girl in red/clairo type beat. Nvm, it's rock. pretty spicy ngl :0

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5

This was one of my favourite albums as an angsty teenage girl. So there's a big slice of nostalgia going on for me. It's great though- angry, visceral, the themes and lyrics are sharp and raw and dark, melancholic. I loved listening to female hard rock growing up, mostly riot grrl and later 90s/00s punk, and I guess Hole were part of a pioneering movement of women bands, part of 3rd wave feminism that normalised rage and writing about female experiences. Thanks for that Hole. And of course lots of really catchy loud-quite-loud grunge Nirvana-formula songs, melodic but raw. Courtney's voice sounds a lot like Brody Dahl (or rather, the other way around). Favourites: She walks on me - verses especially are driving, noisy, punk Rock Star/Olympia - I WENT TO SCHOOOOOL Violet

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5

Although I had heard a lot about Courtney Love through the years, I didn't realise she had her own band. Heavy grunge reminiscent of the 90s with a strong female empowerment/feminist overtone lyrically, that as a whole was often criticised and mocked for being whiny and overdramatic due to the 'Riot grrrl' movement, would resonate with audiences today. Best: Miss World; Jennifer's Body; Doll Parts; Gutless Worst: N/A

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5

EXACTLY what I wanted and needed to hear today. Melodic, cathartic rage.

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5

I’m a little ashamed that younger me had some sort of block in my head that convinced me that this band was lesser than the other similar bands I liked at the time and wasn’t worth checking out, because I love this now and I’m sure I would’ve then too.

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5

A revered contribution to grunge and punk rock, Hole excels at capturing listeners' attention with 'Live Through This'. Courtney Love's rugged vocals is the key ingredient amongst crunch guitars and tasteful drum patterns in producing a generous serving of the punk rock spirit. This record is critically acclaimed for good reason - like the CHBs it manages to effortlessly present, in a complete package of both energetic and downtempo tracks.

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5

this album fucking rocks. the lyrics are great

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Grung

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4

At the time, I thought this was over praised in the wake of Kurt Cobain's death. And somehow in 2020, this album went from being previously ranked 467 to 106 on Rolling Stone's Top 500 Greatest Albums List. I always wondered how this would have been received had it been released during Cobain's life instead. I like a lot of Hole's songs, including many on their follow up album. I'm not in the camp that suggests Cobain wrote most of these songs. Rather, I'm sure Kurt likely influenced and inspired Courtney Love. What ultimately matters is this is a great album. Unfortunately, listening to it reminds me that it was released one week after Cobain's death. It also brings back memories of rumors about Cobain and Hole bassist Kristen Pfaff carrying on an affair, and Pfaff dying two months after this album's release. And then I end up going down rabbit holes suggesting Love's involvement in her husband's demise. That's one slippery slope. I'll just focus on the fact that Courtney Love had a pretty good run while she was interested in the music more than the fame.

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4

Hole is 2/2. What a great rock band and what a fantastic voice! The raw power gets you going and you can right away see what the live experience would be like. I had a lot of fun with this one.

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4

I was actually pretty surprised I knew so many Hole songs. Very consistent sound, didn't feel much variation between tunes but it fits right in with the 90s grunge movement. Separating the music from the artist, overall it's a good album. Well put together, songs have good hooks, Courtney can belt. A bit angry which I can't get into at this stage in my life but I would have enjoyed before. She definitely cribbed some songwriting notes from Kurt, not that that's a bad thing.

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4

About time I listened to this. Courtney Love, infamous wife of Kurt Cobain (that some believe killed him(!)). I don't know about any of that jazz, but I do know that I enjoyed this album. It struck me immediately as a female-led Nirvana. Not in a bad way, as I don't think it's purely imitative, but it's got the same vibe. I understand why people speculate that Cobain ghostwrote some of this. I love the punk energy here, and it's very enjoyable with a female vocalist for a change. A good number of killer tracks on here (pardon the potential pun, I'm not a conspiracy theorist, I swear). I also love that there's a track called Jennifer's Body, which no doubt is where the movie got the title, because this music sounds EXACTLY like that movie and what the characters would listen to. I enjoyed it overall. It's on the edge between a 7 and 8 for me, but I'm feeling generous today so we'll round up. Favorite tracks: I Think That I Would Die, Jennifer's Body, Violet, Asking for It. Album art: Definitely iconic. I've seen this plenty of times, it really captures an essence so immediately. I think Courtney Love sued (or maybe just complained about) Olivia Rodrigo ripping this aesthetic for something she did this year. Wouldn't surprise me, given how brazenly Rodrigo wears her inspirations, but c'mon, you can't be shocked when you make something that looks and sounds so memorable. 4/5

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Some of the songs sounded like Phoebe from Friends, some of them were just shouting. Dire

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Courtney killed Kurt and got away with it. She is a trashbag.

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Not a fan at all. Her voice, imo, sounded awful

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Thank fuck that's over.

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No

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Not my jam. At all. Was boring and loud in my opinion.

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Nah

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I made it to "She Walks on Me" and that was enough. God I hated this album.

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4.5 really like

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5

Good 90s punk

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5

The best of 90s punk angst

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5

Was great!! WHEN I WENT TO SCHOOOL!! ....IN OLYMPIA!!!!! !m!

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5

Rock star is a tune!

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5

I've only done 2 weeks into this 1001 album list and I've had 2 Hole albums. That's definitely 1 more Hole album than should be on a 'Best albums ever' type list and make me lose some respect for the author... Thankfully, this is their one really good album, mixing bitter emotions and lyric with some great songwriting and production that manages to walk the line between raw energy and polish.

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Great

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100% jeugdsentiment, en een van de platen die mijn muziekale smaak voor een heel aardig deel beïnvloed heeft. En nog altijd vind ik het erg tof om te horen.

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Kijk daar werd ik nu weer eens echt blij van. Typisch zo'n album wat voor mij in de vergetelheid was geraakt. Daarbij ook nog eens een van de lievelingsalbums van mijn lieveling

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5

Fucking iconic! This is a landmark grunge album. Love or hate her, Courtney’s artistry is undeniable. From her furious primal screams on Violet to her heartbroken guttural wailing on Doll Parts she leaves no piece of herself behind. It’s all out there on this record, every raw feeling. And I fucking love every minute of it. Masterpiece.

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5

Lo amo.

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5

Hole is raw and potent. Courtney has an excellent delivery, and the sound has a solid blend of diversity and cohesiveness that helps elevate the album experience.

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5

Oh man. What an album. Surprised I haven't listened to Hole very much before, because this is exactly up my alley. Some fun history in this one: there were some (very misogynistic) allegations that Cobain ghostwrote these tracks and Love's response was that he was a better songwriter--so obviously they were written by her. That's a pretty iconic comeback. Also apparently the title was inspired by a phrase from Gone with the Wind. Have to love an American classic. Fave track: Asking for It. A feminist anthem for the ages. This album was so ahead of its time.

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5

A damn good album. Courtney Love has a pretty damn good voice. I never wanted to listen to these guys because she's such a dumpster fire of a person, but I'm glad that this showed up on my list. But this album should have been titled "Thank Heaven That Our Singer Is Married To That Guy From Nirvana".

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5

Another proof that a little bit of melody can turn the angsty punk into an alt-rock beast. Released a week after Cobain's death and carrying a considerable amount of suicide references, I'm not surprised that this album created a buzz during that time. But whatever happened between Love and Cobain, these few things are clear: Courtney Love is a kickass singer, and this album can definitely compete in her husband's musical field. One of the best punk albums I have ever heard. "Feminist" punk that actually works.

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5

Hi- Violet, Plump, Asking For It, Jennifer's Body, She Walks On Me, Lo- Doll Parts Just a week before the release of this album, Kurt Cobain's death rocked the music world, forever upstaging his wife while simultaneously inextricably linking the two events in history. Live Through This is a time capsule captured just before it all went down. A stronger opener couldn't be had: Violet gets right to business, with Love painfully daring you to "Take Everything". A common theme through out the album is being beaten down by the world, while at the same time projecting the image of perfection, balancing ever-rising expectations until one just snaps, as perfectly illustrated in Asking For It and Jennifer's Body. Musically, it's a timeless catalog of femme-grunge, with crunchy guitars, lilting vocals, and hard-hitting drums. Every track is unique to each other, but they share a common tapestry and is recognizable as Hole. The only "weak track" I can think of here is Doll Parts because it's very repetitive; but yet it makes sense and I probably wouldn't change a thing.

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I'm just as surprised as you are 5

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5

Hell yeah! That angry female grunge/punk rock always gets me. It's a surprise to me how I've missed out on Hole, though, thinking about it, I realize I am familiar with the song 'Celebrity Skin,' but that's been the extent of my exposure. A strong start, with 'Violet' setting high expectations for the album. Love goes from the softer notes to the complete ear-ringing shouting so well.

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4

pretty great grunge album

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4

I know the drama with Courtney, but not info to have a real opinion on that so putting aside personal stuff, I have to say I liked this album. Some of the songs blended together for me, but I'd listen again, so I have to give it a solid 4.

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4

dope ass punk album

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4

Album espetacular, sugiro ouvir com um grado

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4

Like so many other albums I've listened to, the opener to this album, 'Violet', is arguably the best song on the album. Courtney Love's raw, savage energy and vocal performance is inspiring, her shouts of "Go on, take everything" chill-inducing. Fortunately, while 'Violet' is my favourite track on the album, it's far from the only good one. The album oscillates between higher intensity, punk-rock driven tracks ('She Walks on Me' being one of the heaviest) to more mellow, introspective tracks like 'Doll Parts'.

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4

I liked it, i would probably give it 3.5 but 4 seems right.

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4

I don't really miss God, but I sure do miss Santa Claus. Similar to the first Hole record, this one was another banger. A little harder than the first record we listened to? I think I officially like Hole.

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4

Presque du Nirvana

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4

Maybe too pop-ish, but catchy interesting singing. 7

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4

Not bad

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4

Proof that the last punk album that I rated wasn’t negative because it was a female vocalist. I think her style sounds way better than Cobain. All in all quite a good album for what it is. Not my genre, but still worth listening to.

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4

Legitimately good album, even though I personally can’t stand Courtney Love any anything she stands for culturally, historically, or otherwise.

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4

It got me in the right mood

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Surprisingly better than I expected

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it's like, yeah, you know, yeah.

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Better than most other punk I've listened to. I think Courtney Love's vocals are quite good and the album is short enough not to overstay its welcome, but it definitely didn't stick in the same way other albums on this list have. 7

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Cool

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Alles drin, was (female) teenage angst beinhaltet und was den Rahmen fasst um die popkulturelle Auseinandersetzung von weiblichen Minderjährigen mit Selbstbild, Fremdwahrnehmung, Sexualität, Ansprüchen, Verfügbarkeitsmythen - musikalisch eingekleidet im alten "Gish" Fummel der frühen Pumpkins und doch stellenweise schon den großen "Malibu" Pop/Rock vorwegnehmend, der da noch kommen soll. Bei allem Hang zur rotzigen Punkrock Attitüde bleibt das alles vor allem eine Auseinandersetzung amerikanischer Prägung. Wenn in "Girl Interrupted" so absolute Hotties wie Winona Ryder und Angelina Jolie die "Durchgeknallten" mimen, so darf in der US Variante gesellschaftskritischer, Körperfetisch aufs Korn nehmenden Feminist Rocker nicht drunter gehen; Love, Auf der Maur und Co. könnten rein visuell der angeprangerten materialistischen Gefälligkeit kaum mehr entsprechen, und sprechen dann doch zu den pummeligen Outsidern. Femen-Rock quasi - der schöne Schwan predigt tönend dem Gefolge hässlicher Entlein. Und da ist echt nichts verwerflich, wenn schöne Menschen sich diesen Themen zuwenden - es bleibt jedoch ein Geschmäckle, wenn Barbie geköpft wird von einer kajalverschmierten Barbie mit Messer. Dennoch bin ich vollends überzeugt, denn in der Gänze sind Text zur Musik vor allem in der ersten Albumhälfte pures Gold. "Was she asking for it? Was she asking nice? Did she ask you for it? Did she ask you twice?" 4 Fragen, 1 Bild, stark, eindeutig, genial. "I'm miss world, somebody kill me Kill me pills" the pain of being what the world expects of you. "I'm eating you I'm overfed Your milk's in my mouth It makes me sick" The thin line between lust and disgust. Schon in der Schule (in Olympia, Washington) hat man´s gelernt: "Everyone's the same We look the same We talk the same yeah We even fuck the same" Hat alles für mich noch Gültigkeit - leider nach knapp 30 Jahren das Frauenbild und der sich daraus ergebene Konflikt - und auch musikalisch nicht so angestaubt wie manch männliche Kollegen dieser Zeit. stunned 4.2

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Cool. Vibes. Powerful lead singer

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4

This is a good rock album. which is a shame as shes a horrendous person. Its feminist content is way ahead of its time and has catchy hooks.

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4

Good! Will come back next time I’m feeling angsts 8/10

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Enjoyed today’s album. Never really liked Hole, mainly because of Courtney Love, but when one of their big tunes come on I’m into it. Plus some decent Nirvana sounding album tracks on there too. Might just copy and paste that as my review tbh

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John actually introduced me to Hole! I liked this, had kind of a Joan Jett vibe.

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Endlich wieder eine Frau am Mikro hier. Mir gefällt die Musik und ich wünschte es würde heute noch mehr sowas geben. Pro 90ies revival!

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4

¿El disco buen del grunge?

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4

Very catchy

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4

Неплохо, пару песен ушло в лист.

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4

Who knew I would really like Courtney Love music?

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4

I feel super confused about this one, genuinely lost about how to rate it. One song I love and the next I don't. For the first time listening to these albums, I actually went back and re-listened to a few songs because at first listen I honestly could've rated this 2, 3 or 4. I still feel unsure, but I genuinely think I will come back to this one - there's something about it that makes me want to carry on listening.

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4

Really enjoyed this album

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4

Punky, female vocal. Pleasently surprised

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4

Courtney love gets a bad rap. she was as damaged as Kurt by the time he died and in the wisdom of my years now unfairly blamed. this album is cool. very punk

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4

Great grunge album with lots of swagger. Good music to maybe murder your spouse to

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Znači, očito sam postao neki njihov fan. Prvo sam poslušao Celebrity Skin koji mi je jako dobar, pa potom ovaj, i taman se eto našao i ovdje u 1001. album. Ovo mi je malo slabiji od Celebrity Skin, ali isto tako ima stvarno dobrih stvari, baš mi je drago da sam ih poslušao.

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4

Rockigt punk

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Like the White Stripes, I definitely did not give this album its due respect when it came out. I had bias against Courtney Love pretty much my entire adolescence as she always seemed like bad news. Even when she broke through as an actress, I just had a bad sense of her. This album actually is as solid of an alternative rock record as anything else that arrived in the 90s including Smashing Pumpkins, Nirvana, or Green Day. There's a tragic personal depth to the album beyond the enjoyable riffs and rhythms. I can see how these relatable themes could be very valuable to coming of age audiences, especially young women.

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4

Superb female-fronted grunge/garage rock. Though the compositions tend to be repetitive, Love's take-no-prisoners energy makes each track its own inherent testament that needs to be heard until the end.

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4

Enjoyed it. Sleater-Kinney vibes.

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4

Wasn't expecting to like this too much but it was surprisingly entertaining. Was a little repetitive at points, but overall a good album. Very 90s. Very grunge.

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4

grungey. Might just be a sucker for female vocalists, cuz I don't think it was really all that interesting

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4

Opens and ends with fury. I like the rest too

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4

Great, powerful rock album. Every song belongs on the album and knows to entertain

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4

Didn't expect this as a must-listen. It took me back! 3 for the album, extra 1 for 90s nostalgia.

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4

7/10

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4

Love the raw anger coursing through this. Makes me think of so many good nights out spent dancing to Doll Parts

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4

solid female empowerment rock album. good stuff

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4

Music was solid, but I'm not too fond of Courtney's vocals.

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4

This was a pleasant find, angsty, impassioned rock.

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Un disc presoner de la seva llegenda. Composat en ple vincle matrimonial amb Cobain (hi ha qui diu que ell és gran protagonista de les lletres i melodies del disc), publicat entre la mort de Cobain i la de la baixista de la banda, amb un tema fantasma, ‘Rock Star’, enretirat en últim moment (no dels crèdits, però) per la seva fatídica predicció a les lletres… tenia tots els números per convertir-se en històric. I ho és. Pel seu misticisme i pel seu punch postgrunge, del millor que va donar el génere i que va fer de Courtney Love una rock star a tenir en compte. Perfil que confirmaria pocs anys després amb el també excel.lent ‘Celebrity Skin’

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Eclipsada por su matrimonio, que no por su marido, creo que eran mejor grupo de lo que la gente piensa y tienen un par de discos (este es uno de ellos memorables) con unas cuantas canciones para la historia del rock. Miss World, Doll Parts y Rock Star.

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4

Loved this! As much as Courtney Love is a polarizing character you can’t deny their first few albums slapped. Very important contribution to grunge. Fave tracks: “Doll Parts” “Asking For It” “Jennifer’s Body”

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Dit album bracht ik exact wat ik ervan verwachte. Grunge, gemengd met wat punk en pop. De Cobain-invloed is inderdaad soms niet ver te zoeken. Goed album!

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4

ehh

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4

This holds up really well

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4

A lot of bangers, a lot of angst, a lot of mentions of milk. It's smack dab in the middle of the grunge era and is clearly a classic of the genre. It's very raw, and you can hear it in not only the lyrical content, but also in the unprocessed vocals and instrumentation at times that are imperfect and feel human. Not to say that it doesn't still sound really good, because it definitely does.

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4

Due to the controversy surrounding Courtney Love I never really gave Hole a chance. So I’m really glad they came up in this - it’s about time I had a listen. I enjoyed the album way more than I was expecting to. Amazingly crafted songs and hooks, so much attitude and raw power. The subject matter along with their wall of sound absolutely blows you off your feet. A high 4/5 - Really enjoyed the album, probably going to dive back in.

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4

REally enjoyed this grunge record.

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Courtney Love is problematic. This album is a gem.

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4

Violet immediately hooks me with the great dynamics in the song writing. The acoustic guitar work is a real highlight, they use it to cut the sonic atmosphere of the booming guitars and drums and make it a real treat for the ears.

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4

Genuine enjoyable album

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4

Angry chick music. I digged it.

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4

Such good grunge music. I liked it a lot

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Very solid grunge of the 90s, yet it doesn't feel as notable as other grunge records. Still gotta admire Courtney Loves charisma through all the songs. Favorites: "Violet", "Doll Parts", "Credit In The Straight World"

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4

This was even better than I remember it being. Courtney Love was such an amazing front woman.

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4

Awesome

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4

Can't go wrong with this album, just some classic 90's shit

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4

Shouting, gravelly female vocals Courtney Love - questionable...

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4

Always liked this, good tunes, great voice, great lyrics.

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Really enjoyed. Great grunge album, a little unpolished but that’s part of the thing that’s enjoyable about listening to this music rather than something way overproduced

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4

I loved this a hole lot (hahaha). Had NO idea that this was Courtney Love. Hell, I didn't know she was in a band!

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Hard rockin

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hell yeah! love Hole (who I learned about three days ago when Celebrity Skin was introduced to me lol)

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4

Better to stand out than be bland, bit shouty but overall good.

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3/28/22 Super interesting to learn about Courtney Love and the history of this album. It was a thing that I am glad I heard but probably will never listen to again. Ish I heard this in the height of my emo phase in high school lol. But overall very classic 90s grunge which is super fun!

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4

Had never heard this in full before now (though the singles, particularly "Violet", were on Triple J all the time), and I really should've done. I think it does run of steam a bit in the second half, but on the whole it's really good.

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4

Mucho mejor de lo que esperaba. Un poco repetitivo en un par de canciones pero en general movido, con buenos guitarrazos y mucha energía. 3.5 que subo a 4 porque los disfruté.

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4

great modern punk album

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Fajny, agresywny grunge. Nie znałem kompletnie, więc przyjemne zaskoczenie. Nic szczególnie nie odstawało, właśnie troszkę nazbyt monotonne. Ale całkowicie przyjemna i niezbyt długa płytka, zasługuje na to 4.

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Man, what a voice lead singer has... Reminded me of Nirvana, which makes sense looking at relation between Courtney Love and Kurt Cobain. Released a week after Cobain's suicide. Harsh. I really enjoyed this record. Felt grungy, dirty, pure. Highlights: Jennifer's Body, Rock Star

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“Courtney Love- yeah she sucks, but that album is good”- record store guy who I bought this Hole CD from I couldn’t agree more

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Hole continued to evolve with each album. Before, they were hardcore punk. After, they took on a clean alt rock sound. Here they are their grungiest. Lots of similarities with Nirvana, substantiating rumors of Cobain's contribution to this album's songwriting. Indeed, this album sounds more like a Pixies album than In Utero, despite Cobain recruiting Surfer Rosa's Steve Allbini. Just like In Utero, Live Through This manages to combine unique melodies with a rough, genuine attitude. Courtney Love's vocal delivery carries the energy and emotion of the show, but Pfaff's basslines shock us with their range of sound. There are accessible pop songs like "Miss World," "Softer Softest," and "Doll Parts" to appeal to most audiences. The first side is much more polished and coherent, whereas the second side takes more risks, kicking off with the abrasive hardcore "Credit in the Straight World." I get Soundgarden-vibes from the bass in "I Think That I Would Die." Pretty consistent through this, and even the weaker tracks were enjoyable due to the diversity. Favorites: Violet, Asking for It, Doll Parts, I Think That I Would Die, Rock Star

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4

A rough diamond, pressure-formed by pain.

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4

Holy Grunge. Good stuff. This list always manages to give you an album you don't expect from an artist with a more popular work.

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4

Good album. Punky, raw, but with a nice sense of melody that keeps things fresh and interesting and listenable. Very consistent from song to song. Much stronger than I expected. 4 stars

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Courtney Love is a genuine rock star. Intense, angry, articulate, unpredictable, controversial, ambitious, unfiltered, strong, damaged, impulsive, charismatic. She has copped a lot of flack over the years, some self-inflicted damage, but a lot of grief for being crime of being a woman. This album is Hole (and Courtney) at the height of their/her powers. The songs are really strong, partially written int eh studio, but also having been partially worked on over the previous two years. There is some understandable Nirvana influence, but these are definitely Courtney's songs. It has the loud/soft thing (which was a step forward in musical development for Hole), a lot of punk rock screaming (and what a scream it is!), but the sheen of being well recorded and edited. I think there was a some selective editing on the vocals, the guitars and drums sound huge, and a some subtle keyboard sweetening in the background. Interestingly, the producers said they didn't double her vocals much to not cut the immediacy. I suspect she never sings a song the same way twice, so doubling is not really a viable option, but she certainly gives each vocal take her all. I'm glad they left in a lot of "mistakes" (vocal cracking, dubious intonation and wayward pitching are common), because the performances are raw and real. Just the right amount of polish, I think. Nobody would ever give this kind of budget to an honestly dangerous punk band anymore, so we may never hear an album like this again. It stands up as a powerful album, even 30 years later.

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Thin and straggly power barfs of raw catharsis. Spilled bleach, sour milk and home truths all over the bathroom sink. Plus galvanic riffs, scratchy melodies, and one of the sweetest voices to ever scream "fuck you" in your face.

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Good album. In my nostalgia zone so it gains a star

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Truly great grunge punk, can't believe I've never listened to this before

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1994. Key Songs: Violet, Doll Parts, Jennifer's Body

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grungy!

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Imogen: A female-driven grunge and alternative rock album. Lyrically focuses on themes of feminism, motherhood and body image, but mocks, rather than conforms to, the 'riot grrl' scene of the 90s. I enjoyed the album, my favourite songs on it being 'Asking For It', 'Jennifer's Body', 'Rock Star' and 'Doll Parts.' And I've sort of struggled with what to rate it because I'd probably give it a 3.5. I admire what it does with giving the female response to the grunge scene, and lyrically is able to highlight women's issues in a way that feels still relevant without it feeling forced. That said, in its inability to cement it being a 4 star for me, I'm going to have to give Live Through This a 3.

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Bem legalzinho - nada extraordinário, mas nada ruim.

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3.5 Okay, didnt blow me away but it was solid

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Easy listening, but nothing memorable for me. I really liked the last song though.

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Better than I expected to be honest.

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I liked this better than I thought I would. Generally find grunge very hit or miss but this hits more often than not. Lyrics are pretty adolescent angsty fare though, while still ominously prefiguring the impending adjacent tragedy.

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slightly disappointed. majority of the songs just lacked substance and something special. I would have preferred if most songs had the same style as “She Walks On Me” which was strong. not bad not good?

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Good

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Courtney love is a g. She crazy af but that’s a good music

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Not bad. Shouty tho

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This album is definitely 1994. The music is fine but the vocals are borderline unlistenable in some songs. This album gets a solid \"meh\". A little bit good, some pretty bad, mostly very mediocre.

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Grunge-punk-rock entretenido

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It's very nice to listen to some clean and real raw rock album. It's not one of the best albums for me, but it's very honest.

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good but nothing special

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“Live Through This” by Hole (1994) Let me say at the outset that I don’t believe the rumor that Kurt Cobain ghostwrote tracks on this album. My reasons for this skepticism are probably not what you think. But there are striking similarities between Cobain’s compositional style and Cortney Love’s. How to account for this? She copied him, dude. Courtney Love is good, but she’s not in Cobain’s league. Now there’s nothing wrong with copying compositional style. Good grief, the history of recorded music demonstrates this over and over. But if the copying is accompanied by an insufficient level of innovation, the overall effect is unduly derivative, and thus is of less artistic merit. And Love’s compositions on this album are unduly derivative: Cobainesque screaming over Cobainesque barre chord progressions and intervals with Cobainesque dynamic explosions and Cobainesque blending of acoustic and electric rhythm grooves. I could go on. Love’s artistry is explicitly feminine. Cobain’s artistry transcends gender segmentation. I am aware of how some feminists would perhaps challenge this assessment, but I’m 66 years old, and I really don’t care. I don’t do affirmative action art. Now Love’s lyrics have some flashes of poetic microbrilliance (“violet/violence”; “death rattle/spittle on his bib”; “My bitter half has bitten me”; “I fake it so real, I am beyond fake”; “fetal stress/legless caress”). And in general, Love’s lyrics far surpass the average rock and roll fare. Her songs here are both introspective and relatable, plaintive and evocative, repulsive and attractive. The album has a thematic coherence, and production & performance qualities that are far better than average. It is just plain good. 3/5

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Ist es ungerecht, wenn man bei Hole erstmal denkt "ach so ja, die Band von der Frau von Kurt Cobain". Man sagt bei Nirvana ja auch nicht "ach so, die Band von dem Ex von der von Bikini Kill". Naja, aber trotzdem ist Hole natürlich im Fahrwasser von Nirvana nach oben gespielt worden. Dem Sound (ich hatte ja neulich schon erwähnt, dass mir Dreck-Grunge immer lieber war als die poliertere Hardrockvariante) hört man ja auch deutlich die Verwandtheit an, z.B. wäre ich sehr leicht davon zu überzeugen dass Courtney und Kurt den selben Gesangslehrer hatten. Gefällt mir jedenfalls nicht schlecht, und auch ansonsten: solide Grunge-Platte, mit - wie soll man sagen - Glamour-Effekten. Aber einen weltweiten Teenage Riot hätten Hole damit vermutlich nicht ausgelöst, dafür waren sie 1994 bisschen spät dran. Und diese Routine im Sound und der Ästhetik hört man dem Album schon auch an. Trotzdem: solide 3 redlich verdient.

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It was pretty good, nothing to write home about though. I liked the punk direction but thought they could've differentiated themselves a bit more with that

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If only I had discovered this during my angsty teenage years! Love the angst, the rage, and the drama

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Some decent bangers.

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Definitely some Nirvana vibes here. Liked it a bit more than I expected.

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Violet and Doll Parts are classic tracks, but I'm not sure I've ever listened to this album in full before. Not the biggest fan of Courtney Love but I enjoyed the album. Really powerful voice, catchy songs, loads of energy. Well-produced. Easy to compare to Nevermind in many ways. In fact, it is interesting that Kurt might have written some of the songs and that he features as backing vocalist on two tracks. I enjoyed this and I'd certainly revisit the big songs, but less sure about the album as a whole. 7/10

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Courtney love has quite the growl. The white trash-angst really comes through. Sonically this album is solid, good recording, not too dated, sine nice thrashing guitar. However, no melodies really stood out to me. I think Courtney love carries all the weight of this album on her shoulders with her voice and lyrics. Good. But could be better.

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I remember not liking Hole back in '94 but I was a delicate late bloomer, afraid of music that sounded angry and dangerous, and perhaps shouldered with some level of misogeny that teaches 90s boys that rock is for men. Most of this still remains true about me. But this isn't about me it's about Courtney Love. I will not mention her deceased husband. She's killing it on this album. Her voice sounds perfect. Catchy melodies over distorted guitar. Angry and dangerous. Sounding very authentic. Very fed up. Even on a peaceful breezy day some room has opened in my barricaded heart to let in the darkness. But not that much room. B-

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3/5 okayish album

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Trying not to be glad, thid was still a n ok album, different tones, good imagery, still Courtney wailing and crying a bit too much

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Krass, hätte nicht gedacht, dass mir die Musik von Courtney Love so gut gefällt. Und jetzt ist mir aufgefallen, dass Gwen Stefani den Stil voll von ihr geklaut hat. Oder war es doch anders herum?

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90's grunge led by a woman doing it her way. Whether it was Courtney Love's way or other women influencers is a separate conversation. This album offers a snapshot of early grunge prior to the polished mainstream of the latter years.

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haven't listened to this, couple songs sounded familiar outside embryonic. not really something I'd go back to a lot but like Court more than I thought I would

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meh

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Another album I thought was pretty good, I listened t it on the side, nothing stood out for any reason

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it’s country so eh but not the worst i liked it

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Rock'n Roll!

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Samma känslor som gjorde att jag gav Nirvanas "Nevermind" en 3:a. Grungen blir ibland lite högljudd och skrikig. Håller dock "Nevermind" något högre än det här. Fortfarande bra, och COOLT! Låttexterna och de teman som låtarna behandlar är väldigt mörka och drabbande. Bästa låt: I Think That I Would Die. Extra drabbande då den handlar om hur Courtney och Kurt tappade vårdnaden om sin dotter. Mellanspelet, "Rose white, rose red", är mer melodiskt och vackert, med nedtonat gitarrspelande, och en höjdpunkt på albumet. Doll Parts också bra.

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I'd never heard of Hole before this album - I started listening to it, and thought it sounding like Nirvana with a female vocalist. Then saw they were fronted by Courtney Love! Figures. Decent album

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Decent album but not particularly memorable tracks. Doesn't sound as refined as Celebrity Skin.

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Too much influence from her husbend.

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Right out the gate with Violet. Girlie grunge elite. A bit more monotonous an album than I thought, but still some great jams. Solid

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Hard work.

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Was never much into CL in the day but having listened yesterday this album has it's moments. Bit shouty in parts but overall not shite.

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Ik heb dit in m'n jeugd vermeden omdat ik het zo naargeestig vond. Nu blijk ik het best te kunnen hebben.

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Openingsnummer heeft altijd diepe indruk gemaakt. Een bepaalde emotieve rauwheid. Ook Doll Parts vind ik sterk. Maar dat geldt voor mij helaas niet voor alle nummers. Daarom slechts 3 ipv 4 sterren

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pretty solid, a little on the atonal side for my taste, definteily enjoyed 3 stars

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Girl punk :) enjoyed this, chimed with my mood tonight

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A few good tunes.

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6,5/10 Legal

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The music was alright, but I'm not too fond of Courtney's vocals.

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decent but sounds sort of flat

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Fuxade

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Pretty decent. 6/10

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It felt like Grunge by numbers. Predominantly filler with the occassional lift. Treading well worn ground, but with a female viewpoint. I can see how it could inspire. By the end I'd warmed to it a touch otherwise it may have been a 2 star.

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Good album. Not a fan of the "hard-hitting" songs though. Sad story about the two, and quite an unfortunate title. 3

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6/10

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Better than Nirvana.

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I don't think im a fan of this genre of music it gets tiring after a while. The songs good for the most part, I did not like the vocals at all. Overall 5/10

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Some good girl angst! Very of it's time but I enjoyed most of it, in difference to some other punk/grunge which I find too repetitive. My top pick is 'Doll Parts' but I also liked 'Jennifer's Body'.

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Rock

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Punkrock van de vrouw die de Kurt heeft vermoord

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ok

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Several great songs.

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Not bad

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Typical 90s alt

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Just learned that Hole was the name of Courtney Love's band. Good grunge rock album, few good songs.

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Courtney Love is awful but I enjoyed this much more than I thought I would. 3 stars but could move up with more listens.

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This definitely had some higher highs than Celebrity Skin (namely, Rock Star and Violet), but overall it really just gives me "pretty decent" vibes, with a nod to Love's vocals as a solid driving force.

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Average 90s rock

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Decent

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Feels like i'd enjoy this a lot more if it was the BGM for a video game haha

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Decent but not exceptional screamy alt-rock.

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2.5/5. I did not really enjoy this. All the songs kind of sound the same, with the singer kind of yelling the same words over and over again.

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02/03/2022 So much angst, I love it. She's a rockstar, for sure!

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Big punchy sounding production, and Courtney Love's voice kicks ass on this album.

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Godd, but all musics seems to be the same

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The second album from alt/punk rock / grunge band Hole, was a bit more polished than the first. The album was critically acclaimed at release, earning top spots on charts around the world, and going multi-platinum by the end of the year of its release. Unlike their first album, Hole wanted a softer, more structured rock sound including a melody that any music fan can enjoy. This decision paid off for the band and the song-writer Courtney Love, when their album immediately went mainstream! I liked this grungy album and am glad I discovered it through this site.

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Nice but not mindblowing

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I dig it

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I like this overall. Raw and angry, although sometimes feels a bit self-consciously so. Kurt may not have ghost-written these songs, but certainly was a big influence, which I guess isn't surprising. 3 stars.

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Solid album

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I had overlooked this album - it was much better than I thought it would be.

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So, I've heard the popular songs but this will be first giving a whole album a listen. So far, it's not bad but it didn't make me a fan. It sounds like everything else that came out around that time.

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90's grunge with a woman singing! Need more of that. Occasionally comes across as Nirvana lite, but I still like it nonetheless. Solid stuff.

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I should get it, but I don't. It just doesn't do it for me. Maybe it's me. Cover art 3/5

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This album, although uneven, was something of a surprise. More melodic than expected making it accessible.

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ja, what should i say.

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hole är bra

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Aburrido. Hay muchos discos de la época con sonidos similares y que son un poco más interesantes o la voz es un poco mejor. De churro se gana la tercera estrella porque al final no lo odié y Violet y Doll Parts sí medio me gustaron.

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Du bon grunge. Meilleur que je m'attendais mais des moments un peu dull.

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3.7 - It's good but it's derivative - Courtney Love made herself a chick version of Kurt Cobain. Mostly, I appreciate her swagger - she sings with such a loose but ferocious intensity. And "Violet" remains a standout in the grunge rock canon. But somehow I can't shake the feeling that she's a scenester who wanted to be famous at any cost, and for a brief moment was able to channel that ambition to place herself and her voice in the right place at the right time.

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I liked Hole's first album Pretty on the Inside. Much harsher than this one. I had moved on from grunge by its release and wasn't interested in hearing this album. It's not bad, and the lyrics with the repetition of "I am" in several songs indicates that Love was defining herself, maybe to distance herself as a musician from Kobain.

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Pretty good stuff.

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This is a good album, but hard to put aside the personal opinions of Love

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As much as I hate Courtney Love, this album isn't that bad.

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I want to like this more than I did on first listen. A little harsh sounding at times. Might be I've that grows on me

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Gutes grungy Album. Kann man mal hören.

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Hole gets angrier here, and it suits the music. They operate very much within a lane, and it's not one that particularly inspires me. But besides that caveat it's very good.

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Only heard a few Hole songs before (mainly off Celebrity Skin) but this reinforces my view of them: strong vocals, good grunge-pop sound, consistently solid songs but not many worldies. The first and last tracks were my favourites. 3/3.5

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Ce groupe de jeunes folasses dévergondées m'a pris la tête comme rarement. Les multitudes de discussions à propos de la dernière paire de talons ou encore des différentes techniques de maquillage n'a rien à faire sur un album des 1001. Je ne parlerai même pas des multitudes références au girl power et à la fin du patriarcat. A jeter.

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Sans surprise, ces talentueuses grognasses nous proposent une routine matinale beauté totalement à côté de la plaque. À titre d'exemple, un temps monstrueux est pris pour le séchage des cheveux et le lissage (alors que tout le monde sait que seulement quinze minutes suffisent amplement) tandis que le maquillage est bâclé (fond de teint trop foncé, trait d'eyeliner trop épais, etc...) À revoir.

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heavy sound with female lead. Pretty good.

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TV commercial punk

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2/5. Sounds like generic 90's rock to me

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Meh. Alright. Kind of outstayed its welcome a bit towards the end.

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Cleaned up grunge chic

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Some of the highs hurt. Violet coloured glasses needed to see past the fairly recycled song format

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no me gusto

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4/10. Not awful, but nothing stood out to me as being especially good.

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Couple of catchy tunes but bit shouty

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I don’t know, punk 90s music?

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Did not enjoy this at all on first listen. Gave it a second chance based on positive comments from my esteemed AOTD colleagues and it improved slightly

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oh ok

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Pretty fun, Courtney's got great pipes. Not good enough to keep Kurt alive.

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screamy no thank u

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Hab glaube ich kein einziges Lied durchgehört. Nicht mein Ding.

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Nothing special.

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Ich wollte es gerne mögen. Aber irgendwie, ist mir das zu krawallig - 1-2 Stücke in die Fre*** gern mal, aber am Stück nicht meins.

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Fuck Courtney Love. Best track: Violet

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Didn't really dig this, a couple of decent tracks but nothing that made me want to listen again.

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Some songs were alright, others I couldn't stand. 2/5 stars.

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Oh shit this is Courtney Love yikes 😬 Nah not my thing, apparently this album was a bit more significant cus it was a prominent band with a woman as the lead which was rare at the time? Think it’s more of an American thing too. You can see how they’re similar to Nirvana. Not my kinda stuff.

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Sounds like a band you would hear playing a local bar. Overall very average, not sure why they got famous other bring pretty of the grunge wave.

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Better than Celebrity Skin, but same issues for me.

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Eh.

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This is a hard one because knowing of the background of the band and all of the rumors about authorship it will probably bring it down a star more than it would be normally.

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After first having listened to Celebrity Skin, Live Through This sounds fairly similar, and is about as good. The main difference is that Live Through This sound more spiteful and angry, which does not always result in an enjoyable listening experience. In my opinion, Courtney is not a particularly compelling vocalist and Hole's best songs are the ones that stray the furthest from grunge and more towards formulaic catchy pop/rock-tunes. I honestly find very little to enjoy here, as I think Celebrity Skin is a superior record in almost every way. 2/5.

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Some great stuff but too much cry baby screaming

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1st September 2021 Listened on my phone while working in the flat. Went to the theatre in the evening to watch constellations with Anna maxwell Martin and Chris o'dowd. Enjoyed the grungier, 90s aspects to this less so the punk rage but Courtney love undoubtedly a star.

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Not for my taste. mostly meh

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It’s alright. Kinda feels like a weaker Nirvana

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Prima rock album, alleen de stem staat me niet aan

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Girl Nirvana but not as good

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I remember clearly how fashionable it was to hate on Courtney Love when she was in the spotlight in the 90s. I hate it when that happens; always seems to bring out the nastiness in society. That being said, I didn't listen to Hole back then because my interest in "grunge" was somewhat fleeting. There was some music in that broad category that I enjoyed, but after a few years I lost interest. I did my best, as I generally try to do with this interesting album-generator experiment, to clear my mind of the heavy biases and prejudices I knew I'd bring to my listening. It's pretty much impossible to fully erase expectations, at least for this flawed listener, so I admit I still expected on some level to dislike it. It's better than I thought it would be. I found the songs to be more melodic and layered than I expected (reading the Wikipedia article on it, that seems to have been quite intentional), the composition and performances are good, and my only main criticisms are (1) I don't always like Courtney Love's voice as the main vocalist. I'm not sure why because she can sing quite well. Just how I hear it, I guess, but I always have to allow for the possibility that my brain cannot separate the voice from the image of the person. (2) Many of the tracks sound too similar to each other. The album is not so compelling that I intend listening to it regularly, but for the most part it was enjoyable.

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An album I never really listened to because I thought grunge was boring. I still think it's boring. I'd probably have appreciated this more if I was listening to it (a) played live (b) with an ear to the lyrics. But I wasn't, so I didn't.

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meh

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Eh. Music is decent. Vocals are boring.

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UGH, I cannot stand Courtney Love's voice. I appreciate the musicality and feel of it, but I just can't take her voice at all.

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Very angsty but not in any good way

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I prefer my vocalists to be able to sing in tune. The pitiful vocals ruin these songs for me.

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bleh

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This album would be the top of my list of I just got broken up with

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Meh.

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Interesting grunge dive. Can’t help but feel they aped Nirvana a bit.

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More Hole -- how did these albums get on here? They're enjoyable, but how is Courtney Love on this top 1001 albums list TWICE? That just makes no sense.

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Remembering who Courtney Love is from the time that this album came out made the experience even less enjoyable. I have heard tracks from Hole before, but this was a entirely new album to me. There are moments of musicality, but for the majority of the time Love falls back into her default vocal delivery. "She Walks on Me" and "Rock Star" are particularly heinous. I don't need to listen to a bunch of screaming over music that ALMOST "okay".

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It's fine

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I found this quite a poor album. I tried to like it, but it felt a bit forced; more like a covers band, or a band trying to create something from “10 years ago”. And failing.

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Ощущение будто альбом состоит из одной длинной песни. А Кортни Лав всегда мне казалась подозрительной. 5/10

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It's a boring album. all the songs seems to sound the same.

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Плавная музыка невнушающая доверие

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not for me

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Poor in comparison to celebrity skin.

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Listened to on 3/28/22 2/5 Favorite song: Softer, softest I don’t hate this album but I also never need to hear it again. BIG 90s grunge energy- it makes me want to be emo and smashing drums in my parent’s garage

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Live Through This, does that mean while listening to this sludge?

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Szczerze? Nie byłem w stanie przesłuchać albumu do końca, nie wiem czy miałem jakiś gorszy dzień czy coś, ale głos wokalistki byl na maksa wkurzający, a amuzyka zbyt agresywna.

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It's ok. I feel like the songs themselves just generally aren't that great. I honestly think that Courtney Love (despite her polarizing personality) could be a better front person with better material. Maybe one of the other albums would be more appealing to me? Could've been a 3 maybe but gonna vote 2 because she is what she is.

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Meh

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Overrated

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Not for me

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Lepiej bym tego nie ujal, live through this, przez te dziure, na liscie, dawno nie bylo albumu tak nie na miejscu jak ten, banda praktycznie zenska, dodatkowo zony cobainowej, wiec wiadomo dlaczego sprzedaze sie zgadzaly, zwlaszcza patrzac na date wydania plyty, ktora praktycznie pokrywa sie z samobojem kobejnowym, ale co jest w ogole grane, oczywiscie nic innego jak alternatywny rok, tak alternatywny ze az grungowy, wiec walenie po lopatach i wyjce na calego przeplataja sie z kawalkami na ktorych wokalistka zwalnia i nistetety daje sie przysluchac liryce, bo nie ma za bardo na czym ucha zawiesic, album jest tak typowy jak tylko komercyjny alternatywny rok moze byc, nie udalo mi sie nawet wylowic czegos sluchablowego na plejke, a sam odsluch mocno wymeczylem, a jedyne co mi pewnie po nim zostanie to info, ze kobajnowa zona tez zrobila kariere w muzyce, dopiero po kobejnie rzecz jasna

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Never my cup of tea. Listened out of duty to the project.

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All the songs sound the same.

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This seems to be a very angry woman shouting over what is otherwise very standard and very mediocre garage rock for almost 40 minutes. I skipped the seconds halves of most songs, and stopped altogether after half the album. So luckily I didn't need to listen to it for 40 minutes.

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terrible album, terrible band. do not listen

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I really hated this back when it came out, but it's always good to give something a fresh try with hopefully more mature ears :) .... ...but less than a minute into "Miss World" and I want to take some of those kill-me pills C Love is screaming about. Vocals rarely "make" an album/song for me but they do often destroy it and this is a great example of the latter. If you like this style of punk vocals or it simply doesn't bother you, you might really like this album - some of the music is aggressive in a quintessential early 90s fashion and there is some room for quality melodies. Obvious similarities to ~Smashing Pumpkins, Juliana Hatfield. I almost feel like there's little middle-ground here, and for me mostly because of vocals I can guarantee I'll wait at least 20 years to voluntarily listen to this again. 2/10

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Might be a little harsh but as far as grunge albums go this one is pretty far down the list for me.

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Really, i have to hear this before I die

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Was ok for grunge

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Il grunge mi fa cascare le palle. Si vede che la cantante ha grinta e uno stile personale, ma questo modo di cantare strascicato che mi fa venire voglia di uccidermi. L'accompagnamento è creativo, nei limiti del genere.

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I did not enjoy this aural experience.

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Ffs these are all muso crolitic wnkfests please for the love of christ send me something i can listen too

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Um, no thanks.

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Hate punk as

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Loathe. Horrible. Overrated. Trash bag. Train wreck. Zero talent.

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A female version of Nirvana - but I don't like their music either. Too shouty, no idea what most of the lyrics are about, but I'm not really interested anyway.

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