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Live Through This

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This whole album is filled with scathing fury, mostly directed at the impossible situation that confronts women when they are asked to be both wild sources of pleasure and unblemished mother figures. Live Through This uses the same recipe of punk and metal wrapped around pop melodies that made Nirvana so captivating, but Hole uses the methodology in a more conventional manner. The metal ingredient tends to dominate, perhaps because it's the simplest to master, and too often the album resembles early Heart or late Joan Jett--particularly when Courtney Love opens up with her big, wailing voice. Love externalizes her anger, blaming all her problems on the rest of the world. Self-confrontation makes for far more interesting songs. --Geoffrey Himes
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Product Details

  • Audio CD (April 12, 1994)
  • Original Release Date: April 12, 1994
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: INgrooves Fontana/Geffen
  • ASIN: B000003TAY
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (290 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #8,261 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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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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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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Your two vinyl choices in the recent past were to get the German issue and usually pay for overseas shipping (City Slang / Berlin version) or the one that most said was a bootleg (no identifiers on back cover). If you are now buying this new on Amazon, you are likely getting what is being referred to as the 2016 "USA release", meaning available in the states instead of Europe (but evidently not made here: this "USA" release actually was made in the Netherlands and carries such a sticker). It was also mastered by Capitol. You can see the differences on the back of the album, both in the bottom right based on whether it says DGC (the new USA release), City Slang (German), or is blank. The new USA release (first picture) also has a different, noncursive font for the word "thank" on the back cover and the "Made in Netherlands" sticker on the shrink wrap. I can't say how the three versions sound compared to each other, I only have the one, but for those who like to know what they are getting if you buy new from 'Zon you will get the 2016 "USA" release (made in the Netherlands). I think getting the new USA release but coming with a made in the Netherlands sticker will also confuse some folks. But the album inside is definitely new, and copyrighted 2016.

As to the album itself, a 4 1/2 star effort, Side 1 almost a perfect album side and Side 2 bringing it down just a tad. I'll let others debate over whether it was Courtney, Kurt, or whoever who really wrote it. Bottom line it is good, close to Nirvana's Nevermind or STP's Core from that same time period. From a vinyl quality standpoint, I had lots of pops the first time through which went away with a good cleaning - must have had a lot of mold release still on it.
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