At the time of the "Nobody's Daughter" release Courtney Love was 45, judging from the record, still damaged but still engaging, smart and charismatic. And six years after her solo record flopped, this was such a great surprise - I loved "Nobody's Daughter", which, despite the absence of any other member of her old group (the original Hole cast), is still credited to Hole (I wonder what legal battles Courtney had to win to be able to put the name "Hole" on the cover!).
Anyway, the record. It's raw magic, stripped bare soul and coarse (but oh so powerful) vocals. Yes, the old pictures we all saw before are painted all over again: romantic love gone bad, drugs and cigarettes, low self-esteem, soul-searching. It feels sad and desperate and trying. But then it also sounds like Courtney, who once was the vocal beast, is trying her best, and it is a respectable effort.
It's five stars from me, but I am somewhat biased. I agree that, due to the time it took the record to be released, it feels overproduced. I agree that some songs, which sound simple in the beginning, are, actually, the best on the album. I agree with the claims that, if Eric Erlandson was still part of the Hole team, he would work his magic on the music. I agree that 'Pacific Coast Highway" tries hard (and fails) to be the next "Malibu". But I still love this record, "pure as first love".