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Nobody's Daughter

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An album by Hole

"This record is about greed, vengeance and feminism," says Courtney Love of the ragged rock songs on her first LP in six years - and the first she'll release with a new incarnation of Hole. Writing began in 2005, while Love was strumming … see full wiki

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'Nobody's Daughter' [REVIEW]

  • May 1, 2010
Based on reviews from a lot of media outlets and past Hole fans, my first reaction to this release was to stay clear from it. Then I gave the album a listen or two and you know what I realized? 'Nobody's Daughter' is not at all a bad album. I've never been big on Courtney Love or the band Hole, have never been able to listen to an entire album or get into the music because it's always seemed to be nothing more than loudness and clashing noises, but to me, 'Nobody's Daughter' is just the opposite. It has a lot of lyrics that actually have some emotion or thought behind it, the songs are really good and addictive and I felt like Courtney Love herself comes off really good musically with this release. A lot of the negative reviews for this album, in my opinion, come from people's initial reactions and feelings toward Courtney Love. When I went to purchase the album in the store, even the cashier asked me how it was because she was hesitant to even give it a listen based on Courtney Love's personality and tabloid life. I say for those weary of this album and Hole because of Courtney Love, put your feelings aside and give it a listen: you'll probably like it a lot more than you think.

The Good: For me, I like that the album has a lot of feeling and emotion, more so than other Hole songs I've heard. The album is definitely rock - it has guitars, piano, drums and sounds like something out of the 1990s but not overly produced, synthesized or mechanical like a lot of modern rock music. Courtney Love provides the vocals and despite what some people say or how they feel about how she's lot her vocal appeal ... I think her voice actually fits this music and these songs perfectly. It's far from perfect, it doesn't sound polished or trained - she sounds gritty, a bit worn but it's drenched in the angst, sadness, regret and anger that a lot of the lyrics speak of. What made 'Nobody's Daughter' enjoyable was the mix of stripped-down rock without all of the computer-enhanced vocals or instrumentation that plagues what people consider 'rock' today. The lyrics are what carry most of the songs - if you don't listen closely to the words or story being told then yes, the album doesn't sound as good and seems to be nothing more than wobbly vocals and competing instruments in the background. "Letter To God" is a good example - the vocals are definitely raw, ordinary and messy but fits the lyrics and makes sense when you take into consideration that it's Courtney Love singing it. Other stand-out tracks were "Skinny Little B*tch" that's definitely as rock as you can get on this album, "Someone Else's Bed" that's full of melancholy and turmoil and "Honey" that features a very catchy chorus and (to me) is a nice blend of rock and a bit of pop. The so-called bonus track "Never Go Hungry" is another great moment on the album because it sounds a bit acoustic and the lyrics (I believe written by Linda Perry) completely takes Courtney Love and her preconceived image of being mess in a new direction.

The Bad: It took two or three listens for me to really get into this album. One thing that I feel could have helped was if the lyrics had been included in the album notes/book because at times it is hard to make out what Courtney Love is trying to say. After I looked up the lyrics and listened to the songs with the correct words, I did get a lot more out of the album. I don't think many listeners are going to take the time to do that and it'll lead to mixed reviews of the music as a whole. also, I felt the last few songs were out of place or weren't as good as the rest of the album. "Loser Dust" and "How Dirty Girls Get Clean" sound more like b-sides than finished, polished album tracks. Considering that's how the album ends and is the last impression the listener gets, I think either different songs or a re-arrangement of the tracks could have helped and could have improved the overall vibe or feel of the album.

In all, there were a few production issues with a few tracks that kept it from being a perfect release to me. I do feel that this might as well have been released as a Courtney Love album rather than a Hole because the only original member of Hole present on this album is in fact Love ... and the only person featured on vocals and for giving the album it's vibe and personality is Love. Taking into account Love's influence on the album and her very public-life over the past decade or so, I'd say this album feels more personal and authentic than simply grunge/rock music that's all about loudness with no real motivation and spirit. Definitely give this a listening to and for the price Amazon is selling it for, it's worth the purchase.

Listen To These: "Honey", "Skinny Little B*tch", "Someone Else's Bed", "Never Go Hungry"

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Nobody's Daughter
Label: Mercury Records
Artist: Hole
Genre: Rock
Release Date: April 27, 2010
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