Live Through This
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Live Through This

April 12, 1994

  Song Title
Miss World
Asking For It
Jennifer's Body
Doll Parts
Credit In The Straight World
Softer, Softest
She Walks On Me
I Think That I Would Die
Rock Star

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  • Label: Geffen
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  • Total Length: 38:11
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  • ASIN: B000WKT69O
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (259 customer reviews)
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205 of 222 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Era defining album, Courtney's finest moment March 8, 2005
Format:Audio CD
Length: 2:34 Mins
It seemed that Live Through This was written specifically to address the tragedy of Kurt Cobain's suicide. Released only about a week after Cobain's death in April of 1994, such a perception was inevitable. It was the perception I had when I turned on MTV one day in early 1994 and saw Courtney dressed as a stripper in torn netted stockings, screaming at the camera, "Go on, take everything!" Over and over, like a chant, like a battle cry, but an odd one, one that called for victimization.

"That's that woman everyone hates!" I thought, astonished by her aggressive stance in light of the tragedy of Kurt's death and the resulting hatred hurled toward her. (In "Courtney Love: Queen of Noise" biographer Melissa Rossi writes that shortly after Kurt's death, Courtney was receiving hate mail from all over the world, some of it addressed simply to, "Courtney Love, Seattle, Washington.")

It was at that moment that I fell in love with Courtney. I felt she had a right to yell, to scream that everything had been taken from her, so much so that she had become accustomed to it and even started to like it. She seemed like a mythological archetype. And I was very attracted to the notion that a widow, albeit the most notorious rock widow since Yoko Ono, would very publicly and shamelessly share her rage and grief with the world.

Of course, the truth is far more complicated. Live Through This was completed a few months before Kurt Cobain's suicide, and the opening song Violet, where she screams that she wants you to take everything, was actually a response to a letter Courtney Love once received from former flame Billy Corgan, lead singer of The Smashing Pumpkins. He had written to Courtney, "When you get what you want will you ever want it again?
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28 of 33 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars "...My Bitter Hand Has Bitten Me..." December 2, 2000
Format:Audio CD
When you think of Hole (well, when I do, anyways), you think of the crap that comes out of obnoxious frontwoman Courtney Love's mouth. You do, I do, and I'm sure even Drew Barrymore does, too. No matter. But when thinking of Hole musically, things aren't quite as negative. I used to be a Hole fan, but as time went by, and Courtney became even more annoying, I stopped listening to the band entirely. And after looking back at that Hole phase of mine, I wondered what I was even thinking (actually, I still wonder...). Then, one day, I pulled out this CD from my "never listen to" pile, and decided to give it a spin for whatever reason. And you know what? This is still a damn good CD; perhaps even better as time goes on, as I certainly like it more than I once did. Hole's earlier material was loud and angry, but unlike "Live Through This," it was all misguided; kind of like Limp Bizkit, angry just for the sake of being angry (though not as dumb). "Celebrity Skin" was Courtney's failed attempt at making Hole a Hollywood band. And even with its catchy hooks and riffs and intelligent lyrics, it was still a so-so album (barely, I might add). "Live Through This," however, is completely different. Courtney snarls with rage that would scare most Kid Rock fans. And unlike Kid Rock, she's intelligent and thoughtful in expressing her pain. And she certainly expresses a lot of her pain. Dealing with all sorts of trouble women go through (image being the one that comes up most ofter), Courtney tackles one problem head on and rages on to the next like it's nothing. "Live Through This" opens up with "Violet," which is often considered their best song. Read more ›
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31 of 39 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of My All Time Favorite Albums September 4, 2003
By M. Hart
Format:Audio CD
Of the various grunge bands in the early 1990's, Hole certainly has to be regarded as one of the landmark groups with the release of its debut album "Live Through This" nearly 10 years ago. Formed by the well-known wife of grunge icon Kurt Cobain (1967-1994), Courtney Love sings all of the vocals as well as plays guitar in a unique style. My ratings out of 5 stars for each of the songs on this album are as follows:
1. "Violet" (5+). A fast & powerful start to this great album featuring Courtney's powerful vocals. One of the best songs on the album and the perfect way to start it.
2. "Miss World" (5). Starts slowly, then builds into a forceful crescendo with Courtney's screaming vocals.
3. "Plump" (5). A fast and aggressive song mixed with soft and screaming vocals, giving way to a softer sound midway before escalating back into its fast and aggressive beginning.
4. "Asking For It" (4.5). A soft but impressive ballad that later escalates into a more emotional statement from Courtney at the end.
5. "Jennifer's Body" (4.5). A faster song backed primarily with Courtney's screaming vocals giving way to more melodic parts.
6. "Doll Parts" (5+) An emotional and dark ballad that is one of Hole's most recognizable songs with Courtney comparing herself to a doll.
7. "Credit in the Straight World" (5). Starts very softly but builds rapidly into a complex song with unusual chord combinations.
8. "Softer, Softest" (4.5). Starts as a soft and emotional ballad but slowly builds to an emotional crescendo towards the end.
9. "She Walks on Me" (4). A fast, metal & harsher sounding song.
10. "I Think That I Would Die" (4.5).
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Memories
I wanted to buy the whole Hole album. I had it once but it was lost in storage. I price was nice at $5.00.
Published 1 month ago by Regina Jeffers
5.0 out of 5 stars Were we asking for it?
Wow. This CD just blew my mind. This is the real deal when it comes to grunge music. Raw lyrics, raw vocals. Love manages to deliver a huge master piece that will live on.
Published 2 months ago by Felipe Casallas
5.0 out of 5 stars Punk? Grunge? How about one of the best rock albums ever?
Hole - Live Through This (1994)

Love her or hate her, consider her a gifted actress and an insightful social commentator or an out of control lunatic with too much... Read more
Published 4 months ago by Rich Latta
5.0 out of 5 stars Really enjoyed this
Bought this thinking I'd only like own song (violet) but over all I ended up liking almost all of the album. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Cristian Lucas
5.0 out of 5 stars A classic
A classic that I will never get tired of hearing. Best of all the Hole albums, and a true classic
Published 5 months ago by krans
5.0 out of 5 stars Good CD
A very good CD. One I've always wanted. Have been a Hole fan for years. Actually bought "Pretty on the Inside" few days ago.
Published 5 months ago by mixmatch
5.0 out of 5 stars Yeeeeees
This album totally reminds me of my teen years! I love to listen and reminisce about my youth :) love it
Published 6 months ago by Tedi
5.0 out of 5 stars under appreciated
I know Courtney Love has a knack for rubbing everyone the wrong way and I hope people don't ignore Hole because of that. Read more
Published 7 months ago by snaggleteeth
5.0 out of 5 stars Rock on!
Great band What else can I say? This is a great purchase a one of a kind cd from a unique band, this is more than awesome.
Published 7 months ago by PABG, Somewhere in the world
5.0 out of 5 stars Love it
Courtney love knew what she was doing when she made this album. Its got so much talent and the songs can fit in with any situation ou are going through its also great to listen to... Read more
Published 7 months ago by Amelia
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