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America's Sweetheart [CD]

Courtney Love Audio CD
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (46 customer reviews)
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  • Audio CD (9 Feb 2004)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Virgin
  • ASIN: B00014K62W
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (46 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 32,497 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Mono
2. But Julian, I'm A Little Bit Older Than You
3. Hold On To Me
4. Sunset Strip (James Barber Version) ()
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

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Prior to the release of America's Sweetheart, the media backlash against Courtney Love was in full swing. To be fair, Ms Love is a difficult celebrity to like--she's the screechy, indie-rock Madonna: singing, acting, courting the media and annoying the right wing. Critics have questioned her decision to release America's Sweetheart at the same time as former Hole bandmate (and current rock pin-up) Melissa Auf der Maur, but they seem to be overlooking one obvious fact--Courtney Love is a far better singer and songwriter. She picks up pretty much where the last Hole album, Celebrity Skin, left off, delving further into the radio-friendly territory that that album had trailblazed with songs such as the anthemic first single "Mono". Mostly, she's left the grunge behind (though "I'll Do Anything" cheekily borrows a well-known riff from her deceased husband's band) and concentrated on the glitter and the gloss (Hole fans may find it a bit too polished). It lacks most of the raw intensity of her best work with Hole, but those songs were about teenage rebellion, anger and angst--Love's smart enough to realise that, at her age, that just doesn't work (a fact she recognises on the brilliantly titled and targeted "But Julian, I'm a Little Bit Older than You"). Courtney Love has grown up ("Uncool" is, appropriately, cowritten with Elton John lyricist Bernie Taupin), and she sold out a long time ago (nine of the tracks here are cowritten with hitmaker Linda Perry), but that's okay. You don't have to like Courtney Love the celebrity to enjoy America's Sweetheart the album. --Robert Burrow

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Courtney Love - Americas Sweetheart

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5.0 out of 5 stars America's Sweetheart 13 Feb 2004
By Jo
Format:Audio CD
I started to listen to this album with the view that it would be in a similar vein to that of 'Celebrity Skin'. The only song on 'America's Sweetheart' that really resembles this is 'Hold On To Me' and this is no bad thing as the song itself is good. But I didn't want this album to cover too much old ground and Courtney does not disappoint.
Single 'Mono' the perfect opener, introduces Courtney's unmistakeable voice snarling over catchy and rugged riffs.
'Almost Golden' and 'Life Despite God' provides the lyrical poetry that Courtney does so well, entwined in a soft but raw sound.
For me, the weakest song on the album is 'Uncool'. It doesn't have Courtney's stamp on it and just seems to drift along.
Most striking of all is a more light, humourous tone on 'Zeplin Song' and 'But Julian, I'm a Little Bit Older Than You' which had previously gone undetected on her past albums. This, I found to be the most refreshing difference and just proves that Courtney Love is far from all doom and gloom.
'America's Sweetheart' has become an instant favourite of mine and Courtney Love and this album certainly deserves a lot more credit than they have been getting recently.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Impressive, if a little commercial 20 July 2004
Format:Audio CD
It's amazing what one former self-labelled "Riot Grrl" can get away with.
She may be rarely out of the news for all the wrong reasons, but the media frenzy surrounding her detracts from something a lot more important - Courtney Love is a very talented, smart musician.
With this, Courtney's first solo outing since her departure from her Hole bandmates, it's easy to be apprehensive - Hole's 1999 swansong "Celebrity Skin" showed a drastic departure from the angst-ridden edgy vocals that made the band, heading towards a more radio friendly, catchy sound which alienated a lot of their original fanbase, but widened their appeal to a much larger audience.
It's perhaps a bit offputting that nine of the twelve tracks on the album were co-written with current celebrity hitmaker Linda Perry (who previously worked with Pink), and former Hole drummer Patty Schemel, but the result is an catchy, occasionally reflective piece of quality pop. Standout tracks include the first single "Mono", "But Julian, I'm A Little Bit Older Than You", and "Uncool."
Don't kid yourselves, if you're expecting "Live Through This" Vol 2 you'll be disappointed, but "America's Sweetheart" is definitely worth a listen.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Impressive 14 May 2005
Format:Audio CD
After growing to like Hole (solely for 'Celebrity Skin'), I decided to purchase Courtney's debut. After the first listen, I did instantly like a few tracks (namely Uncool) but others left me cold. After another few listens, I was hooked (except for 2 tracks which I'll get to). From the fabulous Mono to the kinky I'll Do Anything, this album is much fun. Most songs have effective choruses and make a fine combination with Courtney's vocals. If I had to pick a favourite, I think it would have to be Uncool as it's (unapologetically) a fantastic love song. But if I had to opt for a faster favourite, it would have to be But Julian... for its lyrics alone. Unfortunately, the album does have flaws in the form of 'All the Drugs' and 'Life Despite God'. All the Drugs is a bit of drone and is surprisingly uninteresting. Also, vocal-wise, Courtney isn't at her best which highlights Life Despite God's main flaw; seriously, the opening of the song is absolute torture to hear. Think of all the bad singers out there with record deals and they're unlikely to be as horrible to the ear as Courtney. She barely gets the words out (it's as though she's drunk) and is uncapable of continuing onto the next line in a verse without taking a breath. A certain reviewer said that you should bear with the song because it gets better but background instrumental aside, it really doesn't. However, the remaining tracks contain enough hooks and guitars to nearly cloak this disaster of a song and bitching about other artists isn't too bad to hear either. Standouts include: Mono, But Julian..., Hold On to Me, Uncool and Hello.
How many good tracks? Ten out of 12
Best track: Uncool
Worst track: Life Despite God
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3.0 out of 5 stars Slightly disappointing... 21 Feb 2004
Format:Audio CD
As a lover of Courtney's previous work with Hole and a fan of the woman herself (gasp!), I had been looking forward to the release of this album for quite a while. After reading (mostly) rave reviews I had high expectations. Whilst the album is not awful, it just seems to try slightly too hard. Although it was obvious Courtney was never going to record an album with the same gutteral emotion as Live Through This, I at least expected something that felt real. Parts of the album, such as third track Hold On To Me, make you think that the woman still has it - whilst the track is glossy and overproduced (like much of the album) , it still manages to retain some strangely desperate emotion, and a killer chorus akin to those from Celebrity Skin. Single Mono is nothing special and whilst But Julian.... is passable it doesn't really excite.
After listening to this album only a few times so far, I'm hoping the songs will grow on me. I have always enjoyed Courtney's lyrics and some on this album are impressive and thought-provoking, however a lot seem to be pre-occupied by trying too hard to show how "rock" Courtney is. Whilst she has demonstrated that she knows how to rock, and is also capable of making blissed-out, harmony laden power pop, it seems she cannot decide which one to do on this album, and in effect actually does neither to match the quality she has before.
To curious people wanting to investigate the lady and her (ex-) band, Celebrity Skin did all this 27 times better.
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1.0 out of 5 stars One Star
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Was not what I was expecting but the album was great listening. Courtney still continues to release great albums. Typical Courtney style throughout.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Surprisingly good
This is an album for people like me that think Hole's best album was Celebrity Skin.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Soundtrack For Now And The Future
Courtney Love is the best thing to come out of the USA since Elvis Presley.
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Published on 7 Mar 2009 by Arthur Daley
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Stuff
Great stuff from the widow of grunge king Kurt Cobain. The former stripper cant act - as was proved by her performances in Beat and Julie Johnson - but she sure can rock &... Read more
Published on 28 Dec 2007 by The Critic
5.0 out of 5 stars This is a great album, believe me, completely underrated.
Firstly, i loved Hole, and this album is up there with Holes great albums. This is a really underrated album in my opinion. There are no "fillers" either. Read more
Published on 10 July 2005
5.0 out of 5 stars Its not ironic or anything!
I was so glad to hear My all time favourite musician was returning with a new album:Courtney love - Americas Sweetheart...And yes we have missed you! Read more
Published on 19 Jun 2005 by Jessica
5.0 out of 5 stars Americas Sweetheart
OK when i first listened to this album i was not immediatly drawn in however after listening to it a second time i have really grown to love it. Read more
Published on 9 Mar 2005
5.0 out of 5 stars Can Love Fail?
Gotta be honest. I adore Courtney. So when I first heard that Courtney was co-working with Linda Perry, I got really scared, since I HATE Pink and Christina A, who Linda also... Read more
Published on 25 Aug 2004
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