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Album Review

Courtney Love completely revamped Hole before recording their second album, keeping only Eric Erlandson in the lineup. That is one of the reasons why Live Through This sounds so shockingly different from Pretty on the Inside, but the real reason is Love's desire to compete in the same commercial alternative rock arena as her husband, Kurt Cobain. In fact, many rumors have claimed that Cobain ghostwrote a substantial chunk of the album, and while that's unlikely, there's no denying that his patented stop-start dynamics, bare chords, and punk-pop melodies provide the blueprint for Live Through This. Love adds her signature rage and feminist rhetoric to the formula, but the lyrics that truly resonate are the ones that unintentionally predict Cobain's suicide. For all the raw pain of the lyrics, Live Through This rarely sounds raw because of the shiny production and the carefully considered dynamics. Despite this flaw, the album retains its power because it was one of the few records patterned on Nevermind that gets the formula right, with a set of gripping hooks and melodies that retain their power even if they follow the predictable grunge pattern.

Customer Reviews

It's hard hating Courtney..

Its hard to give this a four star.. even though I know the album is good. The only problem I have is that it's Courtney Love. I am a HUGE Nirvana fan, and the more you love Nirvana, the more you tend to hate Courtney. But this is Hole, not just Courtney. So even if you dont like Courtney Love, give this a chance, because music is music. And when I listen to Hole i try to not focus on who it is, but how good there songs are.

Perfect album

Love her or hate her, you have to admit this is a stellar work of art. One of the best albums to come out of the 90s. A must have.

Hole - Live Through this

Ah, the on-going ghostwriting speculation... Hole was singing songs like Violet and Doll Parts long before Kurt died (Ie. their Nov 6, 1991 show). Either way, In all that time, I'm sure if he wanted the credit he'd have gotten it. Anyway all the conspiracies and nonsense aside, this album is solid and if you're into the 90's grunge/rock stuff then don't hesitate to pick this one up. Don't let anything eclipse Courtney Love and Hole's true musical talents.


Formed: 1989 in Los Angeles, CA

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '80s, '90s, '10s

Throughout Hole's career, vocalist/guitarist Courtney Love's notorious public image has overshadowed her band's music. In their original incarnation, Hole was one of the noisiest, most abrasive alternative bands performing in the early '90s. By the time of their second album, 1994's Live Through This, the band had smoothed out many of their rougher edges, also adding more melodies and hooks to their songwriting. Through both versions of Hole, Love's combative, assaultive persona permeated the group's...
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