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  • Audio CD
  • Label: EMI Import
  • ASIN: B0001FUISI
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
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0 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Ms. S. A. Caldwell on 17 Mar. 2004
Format: Audio CD
Mono is the first single taken from the album called America's Sweetheart. It is a classic rock song, with good guitars and drumming. If you are an old Hole fan you will be very surprised at this song. It is classic as Celebrity Skin (Hole) was. If you are considering buying the album then why not try this single as a taster. The video to this song is great too.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
I slashed his tires, I bled his brakes... 26 Jun. 2004
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
In the grand tradition of opening album tracks (Teenage Wh*re,Violet, and Celebrity Skin), Courtney starts her new album off with a bang. "Mono" is the first single off of her amazing new album.The sad thing is, it won't really be heard here in the U.S., we're still hooked on Avril and the like, and its a shame...C.Lo still has some of the best lyrics and vocals in rock these days."Fly" is a great non-album track, which is worth the price of admission alone.Also, there is an alternate version of "Mono" on this single, with a rougher, more garage feel.Thank god Courtney's back...
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
RIP-ROARING ROCK 'N ROLL 12 April 2004
By jon sieruga - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
"Fly" is a great outtake from the "America's Sweetheart" sessions and "Mono" is the lead-off track that kicks in with a fury I would think UNDENIABLE to anyone who loves hard rock. Courtney really IS the queen of noise, and her instincts with melody, chord changes, and lyrics is remarkable.
FLY is an epic song!!!!! 9 Jan. 2014
By laurel Sullivan - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
Love Courtney Love.. already own the America's Sweetheart CD.. US version.. but never new about this CD ..IT ROCKS..LOVE THE SONG "FLY"....wish it was on the US version of the CD.. That song would've in my opinion,been HuGE in the US...
Great Song 3 Jun. 2006
By J. Albright - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Courtney Love's MONO is a great song, I don't have the single but the song is amazing I'm going to buy it sometime, just to have the video!
2 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Courtney tries to prove that she is so much better than him 1 Nov. 2005
By Amazon Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
"Mono" is the first track on Courtney Love's ironically titled album "America's Sweetheart," and right from the opening blast the widow Cobain announces she is back with a vengeance and the primary target is her dearly departed husband:

Hey yeah we had everything

Vinyl in mono

And we looked the other way man

We were so dumb

Is this the part in the book that you wrote

Where I gotta come and save the day

Did you miss me

Did you miss me

By the time Love howls in the chorus "Oh god you owe me one more song/ So I can prove to you that/ I'm so much better than him" it becomes clear these songs are going to wallow in the wretched existence that has been her life for the past decade. She might be hurt, but she is also angry, and she proceeds to eviscerate just about every aspect of her "pornorific" life from to the "hard drugs and bad luck" to the "lots and lots of meaningless sex." The only thing she does not touch upon is motherhood, which simply proves that that by not singing about Frances Bean she telegraphs what is the only inviolate part of her current existence.

The alternative version of "Mono" is interesting and it is always nice to have a music video, but the main attraction for this CD-single is "Fly," which was not on the original "America's Sweetheart" album but is included as the last track on the extended edition (but if you have the original album it makes more sense to pick up this single than buy another version for just one song, unless you bought the "clean" version, in which case the question is what were you thinking? Excising a few bad words does not because to dilute the visceral lyrics of these songs). The opening lyrics of the song again make it clear there is one major topic on Love's agenda:

Look at me, I'm alive

I wanna jump but I don't know why.

Don't wanna live, don't wanna die,

Just wanna see if I can fly.

I'm desperate, I'm glorious

I'm going down with a vengeance

Hold onto me, hold on tight

And let's just see who gets out alive

Obviously she wins that one on default, but you can understand the larger meaning involved. Working with songwriting collaborator Linda Perry the sound of "America's Sweetheart" is not as raw as what Love and Hole produced for "Live Through This." But the music just provides the energy for Love to get through the public exorcism of these rambling lyrics whose coherence comes primarily out of her personal pain. This is not surprising given that she has had a decade of being beaten over the head with the reality that she is the Jackie Kennedy of the Grunge generation, so it is not like there is any place or any reason to hide. Now she has found a note of grace in having produced an album that I think is on the same level of "Live Through This" she can make the case that her talent is not a fluke, just her fate. The question is now whether she has anything to say beyond what is fueled by the anger at her husband's betrayal. It is hard to believe she can really sing about Kurt Cobain forever and if she really wants to be more than a musical footnote to his legacy the next album is going to be the one that decides if she has any sort of chance.
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