Courtney Love

Album Title: America's Sweetheart
Release Date: February 10, 2004
Genre: Rock
When dealing with a personality so overwhelming as Courtney Love's, it's sometimes hard to separate it from the music.

On the one hand, when you consider the sleaziness of Miss Love's recent past, most of America's Sweetheart sounds cheap. Take the Ramones call-out in the Strokes-snub But Julian, I'm a Little Older Than You; "Hey gabba gabba baby/I know where you live" Huh? Or how about Sunset Strip; a track that could easily have been written by the Goo Goo Dolls (or Linda Perry…who also happened to have "contributed" to the album).

This is definitely not the same punk princess that gave us Pretty On The Inside and Live Through This. Or is it? Oh sure, practically every song on America's Sweetheart is about drugs, but isn't that the same kind of debauchery we used to admire in Courtney? Mono, I'll Do Anything and Zeppelin Song bring out the best of that famous growl and still manage to rock, albeit an a shiny almost-over-produced kind of way. Maybe Courtney Love is still the punk-ass we used to admire, and it's just the rest of us that have grown old.

There are really only two ways to look at America's Sweetheart; it's either so bad it's good, or so good it had to have been written by someone else. You be the judge.

Writer: Erica Basnicki

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