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America's Sweetheart Import

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1. Mono
2. But Julian, I'm a Little Bit Older Than You
3. Hold on to Me
4. Sunset Strip
5. All the Drugs
6. Almost Golden
7. I'll Do Anything
8. Uncool
9. Life Despite God
10. Hello
11. Zeplin Song
12. Never Gonna Be the Same

Product Details

  • Audio CD (February 17, 2004)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: EMI Europe Generic
  • ASIN: B0000AXM3S
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (404 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,269,156 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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4.3 out of 5 stars

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57 of 65 people found the following review helpful By Lawrance Bernabo HALL OF FAMEVINE VOICE on February 18, 2004
Format: Audio CD
Undoubtedly it is because I watched the film "Sylvia" last week, but when listening to "America's Sweetheart" it suddenly struck me that the story of Courtney Love and Kurt Cobain is the flip side of what happened with Sylvia Plath and Ted Hughes. She is talented but he is more famous and her first great success is overshadowed by a suicide. You can read this as an argument that if Hughes had been the one to end his life that Plath would still have achieved prominence, because what matters in this world is that you get people to look at or listen to your work. It has been a decade since Cobain ended his life with a shotgun blast and Hole's "Live Through This" achieved acclaim as much through the notoriety of its apparent prescience as its powerful punk sound. Since then the widow Cobain's career has been a long line of tabloid scandals with not much to show on the musical side of the ledger. Well, boys and girls, that is all over now.
"America's Sweetheart" is available with both explicit and edited versions, but the idea of cleaning up Courtney Love's songs for public consumption is laughable. You think mommy plays the clean version for Frances Bean? More importantly, does excising a few bad words dilute the meaning of these songs?
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Lucas_M. on November 4, 2006
Format: Audio CD
If the entertainment industry is "high school with ashtrays," then this is the record from the coolest girl, who sold the best drugs and still managed to receive scholarships!

I love this album. I have since I bought it on Valentine's Day of 2003. (Still my favorite valentine of that year, though I bought it for myself.)

Mono is just sweeping up the unfortunate rubbish of those three cord playing groupie infested young male musicians, who are riding on punk rhetoric. This song emasculates them all very efficiently.

Sunset Strip covers every Hollywood hopeful's dreams and the nightmare of the reality. Yes, all tomorrow's parties happened tonight. I also love the lines that imply that celebrity is a way to deny death. rock star. pop star. everybody dies.

Almost Golden is classic rock perfection. Appropriately self-degrading and self-righteous.

This album makes me sugarsick and I still haven't gotten enough. I don't care if courtney love's next record is a collection of her covering Bessie Smith, I will buy it. She is a true reactionary poet. Like it or not.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By James Park on January 9, 2005
Format: Audio CD
It does not matter if you love her or hate her, Courtney Love has once again managed to create a great rock album. It's a shame that her exploits in life overshadow her music once again but if given the chance, this record will blow you away. This time around her lyrics have taken a slight turn. Instead of writing in her usual metaphorical pen, she has now tried a more literal style which still suits the music. Although some beautiful metaphors still manage to gasp for air- "If you want love so unconditional and real, you gotta ride that black horse through the depths of hell that I've been"- Never Gonna Be Te Same.

You'll enjoy her usual rock hitters in songs like: Mono, Almost Golden, I'll Do Anything, Hello and Zeplin Song (which is a hilarious song). The raw and heavy drags in All the Drugs and Life Despite God. Hold On To Me, Uncool and Never Gonna Be the Same are the definite rock ballads of the record. And of course, the super catchy garage rocker But Julian, and the amazing and epic Sunset Strip (note: the UK version of the record has the longer and better version of the song).

This time around she has detached herself from her former band Hole and has created music with an array of new musicians. This has resulted on a less "fluid" sound throughout the record. Each song is clearly a different universe unlike her other albums where the songs sound familiar and somehow glued together.

In my opinion, it does not contain the genius quality that is inherent in Live Through This and Celebrity Skin. But in comparison to all of the albums that came out in 2004, America's Sweetheart is definitely #1 on my list.

For even more music, get ahold of the Mono single, which features the b-side "Fly", a great fast rocker and the alternate version of "Mono" which sounds like Courtney playing with The Hives, much rawer.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Homer on March 3, 2004
Format: Audio CD
Do you hate Courtney Love? Read on! One of fame's easiest people to dislike, Courtney Love has thrown herself to the lions once again for the first time since 1998's "Celebrity Skin," the final release from the now-defunct Hole. While Clover had a band to hide behind for all of her previous releases, she steps full-force into the flames alone with the debut of her solo album, "America's Sweetheart." And she does it with her best foot forward.
Combining ballet-slipper softness with chainsaw-wielding rage, Love returns to the catharsis of 1994's "Live Through This" to create an album rich with introspection, self-loathing, and ultimately, redemption. Self-absorbed as she may be, it is her total understanding of self that affords the listener an emotional view of the surreal life Love has lead since wedding Kurt Cobain in 1992. Fame, death, movies, fashion awards, and custody battles are somehow the norm in Courtney's strange existence.
"Look at me for the very last time / I've climbed so high / I have no where left to climb," she reflects on "Sunset Strip," a song similar to Hole's "Malibu" in that it evokes feelings of depression through uplifting chord progressions. Other highlights include "All the Drugs," the dropped-D wailer that can't possibly be helping her current legal struggles, "But Julian, I'm a Little Bit Older Than You," and "The Zeplin Song," a punk-rock-is-better-than-classic-rock response to the eternally overplayed Led Zeppelin song that needs not be named (in reviews OR in the lyrics). At a time when rock is returning to its late-80s sexism, America needs Courtney Love to keep the perspectives balanced, whether or not it's agreed that she's a sweetheart.
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