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Live Through This

Hole

1994

Live Through This

Album Summary

Live Through This is the second studio album by American alternative rock band Hole, released on April 12, 1994, by DGC Records. Recorded in late 1993, it departed from the band's unpolished hardcore aesthetics to more refined melodies and song structure. Frontwoman Courtney Love said that she wanted the record to be "shocking to the people who think that we don't have a soft edge", but maintain a harsh sensibility. The album was produced by Sean Slade and Paul Q. Kolderie and mixed by Scott Litt and J Mascis. The lyrics and packaging reflect Love's thematic preoccupations with beauty, and motifs of milk, motherhood, anti-elitism, and violence against women, while Love derived the album title from a quote in Gone with the Wind (1939). Live Through This was met with critical acclaim, and charted in nine countries before going multi-platinum in the US in December 1994. Despite this, it was also the subject of some public discussion regarding unsubstantiated rumors that Love's husband, Kurt Cobain—who died by suicide one week before the album's release—helped ghostwrite the album. This claim has been disputed by the band members, producers, as well as music biographers, though the band confirmed that Cobain sang additional backing vocals on two tracks during a visit to the studio. This is also the band's only album to feature bassist Kristen Pfaff, and the final album to be released during her lifetime, as she died two months after the album's release. In critical circles, Live Through This is considered a contemporary classic, and was included in Rolling Stone's 2020 updated list of The 500 Greatest Albums of All Time at number 106. It has also been featured on the book 1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die and on NME's The 500 Greatest Albums of All Time list, where it ranked at the 84. As of 2010, it has sold over 1.6 million copies in the US.

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Rating

3.19

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5212

Genres

  • Rock
  • Grunge
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Wed Jul 21 2021
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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Mon Sep 28 2020
5

hits hard

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Mon Apr 26 2021
5

Much more amazing than I have it credit for.

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Sat May 22 2021
5

For my money probably the best grunge album

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Tue Apr 06 2021
5

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

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Tue Aug 31 2021
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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Tue Sep 14 2021
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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Tue Sep 21 2021
5

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

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Sun Oct 24 2021
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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Tue Nov 23 2021
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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Tue Dec 14 2021
5

this album fucking rocks. the lyrics are great

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Fri Nov 26 2021
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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Wed May 26 2021
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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Thu Dec 30 2021
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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Wed Jan 05 2022
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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Mon Jan 24 2022
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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Wed Mar 09 2022
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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Tue Jul 12 2022
5

I’m very familiar with this album cover, having routinely see it on T-shirts, but I have never listened to this. A bit strange since I was into 90’s growl rock back in the day. Somehow I never worked a Hole album into the rotation. What I’ve been missing out on is some awesome 90s feminist rock. The omission is glaring. The songs snarl with enough hooks to keep me interested. And as I dig into the lyrics there is a lot to work through. This is a great album. I have listened to a lot of music that seems to have influenced and been influenced by this. I’ve had a Hole in my 90s music puzzle that is finally filled.

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Tue Jul 12 2022
5

I was busy during grunge and wasn't paying much attention. But when I think of grunge, I think only of the dudes and shame on me for that. This album is superb!

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Thu Apr 22 2021
4

Grung

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Mon Oct 04 2021
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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Sun Oct 31 2021
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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Tue Nov 23 2021
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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Mon Apr 18 2022
3

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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Fri Apr 23 2021
1

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

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Mon May 17 2021
1

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

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Fri May 07 2021
1

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

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Tue Aug 03 2021
1

Thank fuck that's over.

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Sun Sep 05 2021
1

No

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Thu Sep 23 2021
1

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

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Fri Oct 15 2021
1

Nah

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Fri Oct 15 2021
1

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

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Mon Dec 06 2021
1

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

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Thu Jul 08 2021
5

4.5 really like

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Thu Feb 04 2021
5

Good 90s punk

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Fri Feb 12 2021
5

The best of 90s punk angst

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Mon Jan 25 2021
5

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

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Fri Jun 18 2021
5

Rock star is a tune!

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Tue Aug 03 2021
5

Great

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Sun Aug 08 2021
5

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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Sun Aug 08 2021
5

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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Wed Jan 05 2022
5

Lo amo.

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Mon Jan 31 2022
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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Mon Mar 07 2022
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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Fri Apr 01 2022
5

I'm just as surprised as you are 5

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Fri Apr 15 2022
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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Mon Jun 13 2022
5

I had forgotten how great an album this is. Love’s vocals are so strong, the music is dirty and raw, but often has a pop structure. This is a record to listen to from top to bottom. And it sent me off to listen to Celebrity Skin again with renewed interest, but that’s for another time…

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Tue Jul 12 2022
5

I purchased this album back in the 90s, although I really didn't care for it much...I think I was trying to be cool or impress someone or something. Now and then over the years, I have revisited it, even as recently as last year, I think. I never enjoyed the album all that much...but today, I did. Maybe it is a result of this project exposing me to such a variety of new sounds that something familiar has an attraction or maybe I am more openminded or something... Whatever the case, this album really rocked for me today!

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Fri Jul 22 2022
5

Fucking banger. I've loved this album since I was about 12 though...

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Fri Jul 22 2022
5

I have a very well loved copy of this on CD; happy to dust it off and give it a spin today.

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Tue Jul 26 2022
5

10/10.

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Sun Jul 31 2022
5

I always forget how much I love this album but once I put it on it all comes back to me.

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Tue Aug 09 2022
5

It seems to get overlooked because of the circus surrounding her but Courtney Love wrote some amazing music. This and Celebrity Skin are head and shoulders above anything, except Nirvana, that came out of the grunge boys club of the same era. Courtney's voice both literally and lyrically is the most perfectly punk of the era.

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Mon Sep 19 2022
5

I did not have high hopes for this album after listening to Celebrity Skin, but I actually really enjoyed this album. It's more of the sound I was hoping for. I loved Courtney Love's vocals in this album. The lyrics and themes were pretty depressing, but that's part of what I liked about it. While it wasn't my favourite song, I loved the way that Rock Star started and ended, and it was a great way to finish the album. My favourite songs were I Think That I Would Die, Jennifer's Body, and Doll Parts.

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Mon Sep 26 2022
5

Love it!

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Wed Oct 12 2022
5

One of the top 90s records

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Thu Oct 20 2022
5

raw, real, pure. stan hole hate love.

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Thu Oct 27 2022
5

Good strong album

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Mon Oct 31 2022
5

Really a great album. Had never listened to it much growing up and now regretting that I hadn't. 4.5/5

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Tue Nov 01 2022
5

My favourite Hole album, grunge rock at its finest!!

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Thu Nov 24 2022
5

One of the best albums of the 90s in my opinion. I feel like Hole's music gets overshadowed by people's judgements of Courtney - I didn't read the comments before rating in case I had to wade through a sea of sexist trash.

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Wed Mar 24 2021
4

pretty great grunge album

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Thu Jun 03 2021
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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Wed Apr 14 2021
4

dope ass punk album

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Thu Dec 03 2020
4

Album espetacular, sugiro ouvir com um grado

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Mon May 10 2021
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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Thu Mar 11 2021
4

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

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Fri Mar 26 2021
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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Wed Feb 24 2021
4

Presque du Nirvana

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Sun May 02 2021
4

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

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Wed Feb 10 2021
4

Not bad

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Fri Apr 30 2021
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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Sun Jan 31 2021
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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Mon Jan 25 2021
4

It got me in the right mood

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Thu Mar 11 2021
4

Surprisingly better than I expected

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Thu Mar 11 2021
4

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

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Sat Jun 12 2021
4

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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Mon Jan 25 2021
4

Cool

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Thu Mar 11 2021
4

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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Sun Jan 24 2021
4

Cool. Vibes. Powerful lead singer

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Wed Jul 21 2021
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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Sat Jun 12 2021
4

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

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Wed May 26 2021
4

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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Thu Feb 25 2021
4

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

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Thu Mar 25 2021
4

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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Fri Mar 12 2021
4

¿El disco buen del grunge?

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Wed Mar 10 2021
4

Very catchy

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Wed Mar 17 2021
4

Неплохо, пару песен ушло в лист.

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Sun May 23 2021
4

Who knew I would really like Courtney Love music?

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Thu May 27 2021
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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Fri May 28 2021
4

Really enjoyed this album

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Fri Jun 11 2021
4

Punky, female vocal. Pleasently surprised

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Tue Jul 13 2021
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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Fri Jul 30 2021
4

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

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Wed Aug 04 2021
4

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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Wed Aug 25 2021
4

Rockigt punk

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Thu Aug 26 2021
4

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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Sat Sep 11 2021
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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Mon Sep 13 2021
4

Enjoyed it. Sleater-Kinney vibes.

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Thu Sep 23 2021
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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Tue Oct 05 2021
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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Fri Oct 29 2021
4

Opens and ends with fury. I like the rest too

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Sun Oct 31 2021
4

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

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Tue Nov 09 2021
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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Thu Nov 11 2021
4

7/10

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Sat Nov 20 2021
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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Tue Nov 23 2021
4

solid female empowerment rock album. good stuff

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Fri Nov 26 2021
4

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

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Thu Dec 02 2021
4

This was a pleasant find, angsty, impassioned rock.

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Thu Dec 02 2021
4

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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Mon Dec 06 2021
4

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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Fri Dec 10 2021
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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Mon Dec 13 2021
4

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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Tue Dec 28 2021
4

ehh

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Fri Jan 14 2022
4

This holds up really well

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Mon Jan 17 2022
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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Tue Jan 18 2022
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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Fri Jan 21 2022
4

REally enjoyed this grunge record.

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Sun Jan 23 2022
4

Courtney Love is problematic. This album is a gem.

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Tue Jan 25 2022
4

A good record from the heyday of 90's alt rock. Hard for me not to like it. There is definitely a heavy Nirvana influence, even if the rumors about Cobain having ghostwritten it are false. Hard for me to say it's a classic or a must listen though. Probably somewhere between a 3 and 4 for me if I'm honest but my love of this genre and period bumps it to a 4.

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Thu Feb 03 2022
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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Fri Feb 04 2022
4

Genuine enjoyable album

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Tue Feb 08 2022
4

Angry chick music. I digged it.

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Wed Feb 09 2022
4

Such good grunge music. I liked it a lot

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Mon Feb 14 2022
4

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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Mon Feb 21 2022
4

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

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Thu Feb 24 2022
4

Awesome

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Fri Feb 25 2022
4

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

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Tue Mar 01 2022
4

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

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Fri Mar 04 2022
4

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

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Mon Mar 07 2022
4

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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Mon Mar 14 2022
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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Mon Mar 14 2022
4

Hard rockin

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Thu Mar 24 2022
4

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

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Mon Mar 28 2022
4

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

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Tue Mar 29 2022
4

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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Fri Apr 01 2022
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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Thu Apr 07 2022
4

Fett fett fett

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Mon Apr 11 2022
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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Tue Apr 12 2022
4

great modern punk album

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Tue Apr 26 2022
4

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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Tue Apr 26 2022
4

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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Tue Apr 26 2022
4

“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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Wed Apr 27 2022
4

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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Mon May 02 2022
4

A rough diamond, pressure-formed by pain.

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Wed May 04 2022
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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Thu May 05 2022
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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Fri May 06 2022
4

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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Mon May 09 2022
4

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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Wed May 18 2022
4

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

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Thu May 26 2022
4

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

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Sat May 28 2022
4

Funciona bem demais dos riffs ao vocal.

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Mon Jun 06 2022
4

Brilliant ablum with in some ways the worst timing of any release in the history of music. I feel sorry for how much that Courtney Love was hound after Kurt's death and I watched her unravel on stage not quiet a year later. Took me ages to listen to this again but when I did it eclipse most other late grunge releases.

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Mon Jun 13 2022
4

This is the Hole album that I really like. Less poppy, more crunchy, grungy sounding. Very Nirvana-ish with it's start/stop songwritting and quiet/loud parts. And I love Nirvana, so it's not a stretch to like this one a lot, too.

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Mon Jun 13 2022
4

This held up much better then Celebrity Skin. I guess I prefer songs ghost written by Cobain. Violet still kicks pretty hard.

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Mon Jul 04 2022
4

Ok

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Fri Jul 08 2022
4

Love this album, nostalgic listen

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Mon Jul 11 2022
4

I need to get over my irrational dislike of Courtney Love as this is a good record.

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Wed Jul 13 2022
4

Nice rock.

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Thu Jul 14 2022
4

Really solid album. Hole and Courtenay Love in general has always had to fight through the shadow of Kurt Cobain. Living or dead, the comparisons and criticisms were always present. If people could see past that (which they should, since their only real connection is their relationship) they’d find a deep and talented artist.

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Thu Jul 14 2022
4

Alive, honest, loud, desperate, angry. Surprised I recognized two or three of the songs on this album.

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Fri Jul 15 2022
4

I didn’t view the daily album until 9:30pm, and as soon as I saw this, I was scared I was going to have to run out and get a case of beer and a pack of Export A Lights. 😆

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Wed Jul 20 2022
4

Full disclosure, I am NOT a fan of Courtney Love! She's a horrible actress, but can act within her range and her singing range is very limited. She doesn't seem like a very nice person and it was unfortunate that she met Kurt (for Kurt's sake). With that being said, Live Through This is a great album! I don't care much for other Hole records, but this one hits the spot. It downright rocks, the songs are crunchy, the music is grungy-melodic, the guitars are loud and I can even tolerate Courtney's screams. I will listen to this often and play this loud!

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Sat Jul 30 2022
4

Rockin

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Tue Aug 02 2022
4

Yay, go Courtney

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Fri Aug 05 2022
4

This band had historically been pretty heavily punk up until this point, but were outspoken about not wanting to do the same exact thing twice. The band found themselves gravitating toward the slightly more polished and structured sounds of alternative rock and grunge, despite protest from purist fans. This album was a result of those efforts, with the band finding some kind of balance between those punk roots and something a little bit more melodic, an outstanding offering that brought Courtney Love's charged feminist topics and harsh vocals to clash with more rhythm driven instrumentals. Love wanted to show a softer side of herself here, and she found a way to do it that worked for the band and their music. This album would inevitably lead to Hole not only becoming a figurehead of the woman-fronted grunge/alt-rock movement, but showing that they had the grit and attitude to exist among the best alt-rock grunge bands of the time. Love's vocals drip with fury and vigor and show so much range on this album, from raw screams to quiet growls. The clever lyrics mixed with that delivery and incredibly catchy melodies just send this album over the edge into greatness. I already loved Hole, and readdressing this album in its entirety only further cemented that. Really glad to see this excellent, often under-rated band on this project.

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Fri Aug 05 2022
4

the best part about this album project is to listen to albums by musicians you wrote off. for this purpose, i do my best to enter into albums as a blank slate. i, like many others, didn't give courtney love (and her band as a result) a chance before. but this album! it's gritty and dark. the lyrics and themes are heavy, and the feminine focus wasn't terribly popular in 1994. "asking for it" in particular grabbed my attention; its subject matter is relevant today and has been for decades. i commend hole for releasing a song like that in 1994 when it was rather edgy to do so. a reviewer at allmusic mentioned the phrase "raw pain" to describe this album, and i cannot imagine anything better to describe this album.

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Fri Aug 05 2022
4

This album was great and got me into mre riot girl esc music. 8/10

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Sat Aug 06 2022
4

Very good album

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Tue Aug 09 2022
4

It's neither as good as Scott says, or, as bad as Bort says. She did bang Alan Partridge in her hole though, so that's worth an extra mark.

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Thu Aug 11 2022
4

Growing up in the 90's we somehow thought that only Catholic school kids listed to Hole. Kids are fucking weird. I have mixed feelings about Courtney Love. Media at the time, especially after Kurt's death, wanted to paint her as a black widow - exploiting him for her own means until he couldn't take any more. Then I read "Dirty Blonde" and I gained a ton of respect for her. But, so many of these songs sound like Nirvana rejects that I'm back to not knowing what to believe. If I turn off the thoughts and just listen...I love this album. It's weird. Every other woman in rock/alternative gets my immediate love and respect. Why should Hole be any different?

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Wed Aug 24 2022
4

Hell yeah what a powerhouse. Loved the DIY sound.

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Wed Aug 31 2022
4

Angry girl punk music lol! I listened to this in the morning when I started work - interesting way to start the day. But the whole album is only 38 min so listened to the entire thaang (that's how albums were in the 90s!). Haven't listened to Courtney Love much so this was a good exposure to her. I wouldn't choose this type of music to work to, but it would be perfect for tasks like cleaning the apartment or packing for a trip - something that would normally be tiring but this music would keep me awake. I actually liked a lot of the music that followed this album (in Spotify, which selected music similar to Hole) - No Doubt, Garbage, Nirvana...

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Thu Sep 08 2022
4

Great album front to back, standouts for me were Violet, Miss World, Jenny's Body.

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Fri Sep 09 2022
4

Love it, girl punk forever

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Tue Sep 13 2022
4

Good album. Never really bothered to listen to many female led metal bands but this was a very enjoyable album. Very short. I liked ‘Jennifer’s Body’ but none were unfortunately added to my playlist. Overall good album

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Wed Sep 14 2022
4

Courteney Love and her band just took over the scene and made her space among the very manly world of grunge music. We can only thank her for that.

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Mon Sep 26 2022
4

Had heard a couple but never the album... Solid al the way thru

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Fri Sep 30 2022
4

Me gustó bastante... muy cerca de Nirvana

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Mon Oct 17 2022
4

Very compelling

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Tue Oct 18 2022
4

I dunno about Courtney and Kurt but Hole definitely made better music than Nirvana

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Fri Oct 21 2022
4

I've never listened to this whole album, I've heard a few of the song before, doll parts in particular. It sounded like Nirvana, if sung by a woman. It actually wasn't bad, I was surprised.

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Fri Oct 28 2022
4

Favs: - Credit In The Straight World

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Tue Nov 01 2022
4

Best album... still a murder.

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Tue Nov 08 2022
4

I love this album.

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Tue Nov 08 2022
4

Great album when it came out and it still holds up today.

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Sat Nov 12 2022
4

Honestly, its a banger

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Mon Nov 14 2022
4

Did you know Courtney Love wanted to be the singer of Faith No More at one point in the 80s? There's video of a rehearsal on YouTube. It's not what you'd expect on any level, and definitely worked out best for all parties that the experiment never went that far. I owned this album (and the one before it), liked this album, saw them in concert on this tour, and then just kind of quickly moved on from this band. I'm guessing I felt they got a little too polished during the "Celebrity Skin" era, but now I'm wondering if I should give that a 2nd chance. I still like how imperfect all of this album is, but I can appreciate their pop sensibilities now more than I did at the time. Maybe I'd like a song like "Malibu" in 2022. Anywho, "Asking for It" was a really nice rediscovery for me on this listen. That's a cool tune and a good mix of the acoustic and electric sides of this band that works better for me than, say, "Doll Parts" or even "Rock Star." Also, did you notice that "Miss World" is I think quite literally the same three chords for the entire duration of the song? Verse and chorus, just one is distorted. Cool. I saw Hole on this tour and got a t-shirt, too! Mine was not soft; it was the faux gas station attendant looking thing with the band patch where a nametag/corporate logo would be. That really, really confused the hell out of some rednecks when I wore it to school. (Which makes me think of the dude who once asked me if I was into stock car racing because of my "Jesus Built my Hot Rod" Ministry t-shirt, haha.) I think that concert was the first time in my life I had registered the sight an adult who was completely off the rails. Courtney looked baaaaad. Rambling during song breaks. I think she climbed an amp and I was convinced for a second she was going to fall and die. It was pretty raw. But here we are and it's 2022, she's still alive and I haven't showered yet today.

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Mon Nov 14 2022
4

This is one of those albums that works for me all the way across the board. Crazy to think that this came out 4 days after Cobin killed himself. I remember kind of reeling from that - one of those deeply Gen X 90s moments. I bought this the day it was released and wore it out. There's nothing here that doesn't work for me. And Rock Star is an incredible closer.

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Sat Nov 19 2022
4

It's no Sleater-Kinney or Bikini Kill, but I can dig it.

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Mon Nov 21 2022
4

I thought this was a great punk album all throughout. Great vocals. 7/10.

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Wed Nov 23 2022
4

Amazing feminist strength for the years she did this. The album is a ton of anger. She was born 30 years too early. She would have been a great « me too » defender.

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Mon Nov 09 2020
3

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

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Tue Sep 22 2020
3

grungy!

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Tue Nov 03 2020
3

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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Thu Dec 03 2020
3

Bem legalzinho - nada extraordinário, mas nada ruim.

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Thu Feb 04 2021
3

3.5 Okay, didnt blow me away but it was solid

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Thu Mar 11 2021
3

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

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Mon Jul 05 2021
3

Better than I expected to be honest.

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Thu May 27 2021
3

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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