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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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3.25

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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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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 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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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 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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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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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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Mon Jan 25 2021
5

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

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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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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 Dec 14 2021
5

this album fucking rocks. the lyrics are great

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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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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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Mon Jan 09 2023
5

Did you know Courtney Love’s boyfriend has a band ? Yeah she wrote all of his songs though

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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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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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Thu Feb 16 2023
4

I love carpet. I love desk. I love lamp. I love Hole.

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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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Fri Apr 01 2022
5

I'm just as surprised as you are 5

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Wed Nov 01 2023
5

Well shit, I wish I had given this a chance earlier. Love is in possession of the perfect vocals for what Hole is doing here. Such a good blend of both snarl and harmony in her voice and the band is so strong behind Love, blistering thru the entire album. Despite the heavy themes, Love sings with a playfulness at times, giving this grunge album a fresh feel, there’s humour at times too, Rock Star specifically. Overall really strong songwriting and personality displayed. Not a bad track on this one, really just fucking great. Upon reading of the tragic loss of bassist, Kristen Pfaff I learned that her replacement, Melissa Auf see Maur only came to be the replacement bc her roommate got in a fight with Billy Corgan after tossing a bottle at him at a Punpkins show in Montreal. Auf der Maur apologized for her roommates behaviour and this was the start of their friendship, that roommate btw became the drummer of the great Godspeed Black Emperor. Anyway, thought that was all neat. 5 stars!

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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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Fri Oct 27 2023
4

Grungy and brash; I can't really explain my adoration for this style of music, but I really groove with it. Courtney has such a strong voice and intense presence, and even though I didn't vibe with every song, I still enjoyed the ride.

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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 Oct 22 2021
2

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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Wed Dec 01 2021
2

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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Tue Jun 07 2022
2

2/5. Not great, but better than I expected given some of the reviews here! No real standout tracks, angry, mostly tuneless grunge without much to say really. Can't imagine I'll ever listen to it or any song on it on purpose, but wasn't offensive enough to give a one.

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Wed Oct 25 2023
2

This Hole is a little sloppier and more aggressive than the other one on this list. …I feel like I’m missing a word in there somewhere. Oh well, proofreading is for suckers.

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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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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

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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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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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 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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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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Tue Aug 23 2022
5

This album continues to be a "go to" for me. There isn't a track on here that I skip, and it was an album of a place and a time that was perfect for me. This was my introduction to Hole as a teen.

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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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Thu Oct 20 2022
5

raw, real, pure. stan hole hate love.

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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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Tue Dec 13 2022
5

Good. Some pretty poppy sounding post-grunge that is enjoyable.

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Wed Dec 14 2022
5

I like this album, thinking maybe 4 or 5 Star rating.

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Sat Dec 31 2022
5

One of my favorites too bad Courtney love sucks

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Fri Jan 27 2023
5

Goddamn Courtney Love is a great punk rock singer. Her dynamic range is insane. The way she instantly switches from "normal" singing to throat-shredding howl never fails to thrill. I don't think I ever listened to this entire album before. Too bad for me because this album is killer. Yeah, it's definitely front-loaded, but none of the latter tracks are bad and that last track is fantastic. Plus, the album has nice variety. I'm going on the record: This is my favorite grunge album. And it's not even close. Those grunge dude bore me with their grunting wallowing in self-pity. Courtney is righteously pissed and I'm so there for it. Also, "Violet" is one of the greatest opening tracks ever.

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Sun Jan 29 2023
5

Fantastic album, punches you in the face, comforts you, then punches you again. Rocks really hard. Courtney Love's voice is so present, great lyrics, very enjoyable. Will listen again.

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Mon Jan 30 2023
5

This record really holds up.

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Fri Feb 03 2023
5

I had just started getting into grunge when Cobain died. Shortly after, when I was 13 this album came out. Despite the fact that it was produced and announced before his passing, Love got so much heat for releasing it. It's a fantastic grunge album that had so much influence on me as a teenager girl.

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Fri Feb 17 2023
5

Still one of my favourite ever albums, and in a world where I am constantly trying to listen to stuff new to me, it's one of the few records I still regularly return to. I don't care so much that Courtney is so divisive, this is just an excellent and timeless record to me. Really hits. The fact the record is imbued with tragedy, the deaths of Kurt and Kristen occuring so closely to it's release is undoubtedly part of why it stuck with me as an impressionable teenager, but does not explain why that stick has never wore off well into adulthood. The fact this album has come up in the week we just got the prognosis of my partner's cancer and the full scope of the battle ahead brought into stark relief, is well.... fuck....timely. This album is pure catharsis. It's vital. It's necessary. No punches pulled, and yet all wrapped up in melody. The harshness is still there in the lyrics, but musically it pulls back from Pretty on the Inside's onslaught. I like that too but this balance makes for a perfect record. I don't really miss God, but I sure miss Santa Claus.

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Sat Feb 25 2023
5

I already know so many clever political songs from this album, very curious to hear the whole thing! That was awesome. That felt like Rage Against the Machine levels of righteous fury. Five stars

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Thu Mar 02 2023
5

It took me an hour to go from "meh, too noisy and messy" to "god, I love this". Doll parts, the song I've known as Tricky's, sounds so fresh and powerful, I can't help listening to it on repeat. Oh, and the cover is a legend!

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Tue Mar 07 2023
5

I think this is vastly underrated masterpiece of the era - lyrically, musically and thematically - Love and co really don’t get enough credit. From the urgency in Violet to the rose thorn rasp in Miss World - all have deep meaning in a genre where the voice of women is generally muted - while Love is confrontational while being vulnerable, honest and jeering at the same time. A great great record.

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Thu Mar 16 2023
5

Courtney Love is my favorite grunge vocalist now haha what the fuck

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Sat Mar 18 2023
5

A quite extraordinary album. Love is an underrated artist. If you thought male grunge acts had it bad, my god, their angst and anger was nothing compared to this. Raw, impactful, taking a stand and making a point. My new favourite band thanks to this project.

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Mon Mar 20 2023
5

I’m quite excited for today’s album. I’ve previously listened to Celebrity Skin and thought it was fantastic, so I’m hoping for more of the same today. Fingers crossed! Songs I already knew: None Favourites: Plump, Jennifer’s Body I love this album. There is so much attitude, but without sounding the same all the way through. I adore Courtney Love’s voice - there is plenty of natural distortion there but without losing any melody. She reminds me of a slightly cleaner sounding Brody Dalle whom I’m also a fan of. The guitar tones of this record are fantastic too - the cleaner sounds are good, but when they crank up the distortion it is simply bliss. The lyrics to Plump reveal just how unchanged the media is now in regards to promoting unrealistic bodies. This is genuinely a timeless album and very easy to recommend.

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Thu Mar 23 2023
5

love angry women who go rahhhhhh nyowwrrrr pow pow pow

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Fri Apr 21 2023
5

This exercise has made me realize I'm a significantly bigger grunge fan than I thought. Insert obligatory comment about Courtney Love here. On the basis of this album alone, it was fantastic. Powerful backing instrumentals. Great voice for grunge. Ever topical subject matter. This album's got it all. Favorite track: Asking For It

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Sat Apr 22 2023
5

Look, I get it. Courtney Love's voice can be a hard sell for some folks. Her riot grrl gone grunge aesthetic isn't for everyone. But it 100% works for me. The songwriting is razor sharp, the performances are in your face and unrelenting, and the production is peak 90s grunge. But the biggest selling point here is Courtney Love. Not only is her songwriting top-notch, her performances bounce between sweet crooning and ragged screaming. She refuses to let you get comfortable. And that's SUPER appropriate given the subject matter of these songs. They're not comfortable. "Live Through This" is a rare example of an album where the lyrics and the music are perfectly matched. It's masterful and I'm here for it. Full marks.

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Sun Apr 23 2023
5

J’aime toutes les chansons de cet album. Elles ont toutes leur accroche particulière. Et je ne veux pas les réduire à un groupe féminin, mais leurs paroles ont saisi l’essence de l’expérience des femmes

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Sat Apr 29 2023
5

One of the best Grunge albums and, in general, one of the best rock albums of the 90s. The instrumentation and the singing meld perfectly to create that quintessential grunge vibe. Not a bad song on the album. My favorites are "Violet", "Jennifer's Body", "Miss World", "She Walks On Me" and "Doll Parts" but no song on this album is lower than a 7.5 out of 10 to me. An easy 9.5/10 and sometimes it is even a 10/10 for me.

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Thu May 11 2023
5

Lotta nostalgia for this - probably my fave Hole album... wait - I said that about "Celebrity Skin" when it came up 😆 Well, whatever. Due to a quirk of history I like Hole more than I ever liked Nirvana - didn't say that last time around! Fave track - "She Walks On Me" this time around - there are a bunch of tracks I love, though. "Violet" always hits home...

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Wed May 17 2023
5

Kurt’s songs were awesome lol

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Mon Jul 10 2023
5

my friend mahika is a big fan of hole! for good reason it seems. i liked it on first listen but i appreciated it a lot more on the second. lyrics had a lot of meaning. great sound.

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Mon Jul 10 2023
5

An incredible album, every track was brilliant. Best tracks: Violet, Miss World, Jennifer’s Body, Doll Parts, She Walks On Me, Rock Star

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Fri Sep 01 2023
5

Courtney Love, regardless of anybody’s feelings toward her, possesses a volatility that cannot be replicated or put on. It’s a shame that she’ll never get the credit she deserves for her writing on this album. A feminist record that doesn’t read as performative. A singular rock record in addressing post-partum depression and the body horror of breastfeeding and womanhood in general.

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Wed Sep 20 2023
5

Not a fan of Hole, but this was an awesome record for the most part.

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Sat Nov 04 2023
5

Anthemic powerhouse of an alternative rock album, in a year (1994) where there was *a lot* of competition. Don't have much to add to the other positive reviews in this section--some of them perfectly explaining why the record is great. Melody-wise, performance-wise, theme-wise, *Live Through This* is just pitch-perfect---from the vicious, viscuous chords of lively opener "Violet" to the equally telluric and sardonic closer "Rock Star". 5/5. A quick note here: it's just simply mindboggling when you read the reviews about this album on this app and you realize that a lot of reviewers admitted they didn't get interested in Hole before for some sort of prejudiced reason they had against Courtney Love--a divisive figure for sure, but not always for the good reasons. I'm glad most of those reviewers changed their mind (lots of 5 and 4 stars from them), but still--seems like the feminist topics this album deals with are still relevant in 2023. Sadly. Number of albums left to review: 387 Number of albums from the list I find relevant enough to be mandatory listens: 280 (including this one) Albums from the list I *might* include in mine later on: 146 Albums from the list I won't include in mine (many others are more essential to me): 193

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Wed Nov 15 2023
5

Crazy that I get to talk about this only two days after Celebrity Skin. Because I called it. I said I thought Courtney would be better suited in a heavier format. And I was right. This is amazing. They go absolutely nuts here, and it's one of the most enjoyable album experiences from the 90's I've ever had. The best part of this album is without a doubt Courtney, and her energy/lyrical content. She is furious. Absolutely disgusted. Disgusted at the patriarchy, and at men, and at their vile behavior. And she puts it out into the world with such spite and vitriol. It makes me want to scream with her. I'll never have any way of knowing what those experiences are like, but what I do know is that she is glorious on this, and her being mad makes me mad at whatever she is mad at. The way she delivers "Fuck you!" on I Think That I Might Die is perfect, and I can't get over it. Her vocals are in a pretty consistent register throughout the whole album, but the power she brings in that register is so powerful. And the rest of the band is as equally on point as she is. They are heavy, distorted, and grunge as hell. She Walks on Me sounds almost punk with Courtney's vocals being so blown out on the verses. The only nitpick I have is that I wish the drums were a little louder in the mix. But I only nitpick when I really like something, so it's not a big deal. Rating: 9/10

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