I have heard the tracks from this album and is little short of BRILLIANT. I read a review that some pompous idiot had written saying that the songs were "self-pitying" and "self-indulgent". I am willing to believe that he had reviewed Lady GaGa's album, or collection of dull commercial music; whichever description fits best - either way, I am pretty sure that Lady GaGa hasn't had her husband's suicide eclipse everything she ever does.
The songs on this album are well documented as having begun in rehab. They are not pleasant songs to listen to; in that they are like a knife in the stomach, their pain is all too real and easily recognised by anyone who has had life kick them square in teeth.
Courtney does NOT wallow in the pain. She uses it to take her to a philosophical flagstone. She also uses the anger that accompanies depression and self-destruction. The songs are inspirational, sung with such conviction and feeling. They are very real, they are very genuine.
Stand out tracks for me are Letter to God, Samantha and Never Go Hungry Again (which is very Bob Dylan in style and content). The album renounces all the poison and destruction that has permeated Courtney's life, she sticks two fingers up and says "I'm still breathing".
Who gives a damn if the HOLE line-up is now different, new blood was needed and no one cried and spat when Melissa went off to join The Smashing Pumpkins. Courtney is a band front woman, not a solo artist. Just enjoy the ride, you will ALWAYS be guaranteed entertainment.
Rock on Courtney, show these whippersnappers how it's done.