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A Catalogue Of Emotions.
on 29 April 2004
'Live Through This' is the best album Hole released. Not as raw as 'Pretty On The Inside' nor as polished as 'Celebrity Skin' but still raw and polished enough. It starts with 'Violet', which sums up Hole completely.Rage, Cynisism, screechy guitars and lyrics screamed in your face with incredible amounts of energy and passion. Next comes Miss World, a simply breathtaking song.Miss World was the first hole song i heard on Holes website 2 years ago, and i instantly fell in love with it.Trust me, you'll be singing along to 'I made my bed ill lie in it!' in no time!'Plump' follows, a venom filled hit back at those who dared to questionCourtney's abilities as a wife and mother and lines like 'I dont do thedishes, i throw 'em in the crib!' are screamed with bitter sarcasm.'AskingFor It' is a beautifully crafted song, as is 'Jennifers Body'.'Dollparts'is arguably the second best song on the album, with its haunting lyricsand acoustic guitar. Track 7, 'Credit In The Straight World' is a cover (ithink) and seems out of place on this cd, as it lacks the passion of theother tracks. But 'Softer, Softest' makes up for it, a classic anthem ofself loathing and despair.'She Walks On Me' reverts to the gritty sound of'Pretty On The Inside', but still fits comfortably amongst the othersongs. 'I Think That I Would Die' was co-written by the wonderful KatBjelland (Babes In Toyland/Katastrophy Wife) and seems another hit back atthose who question Miss Love's maternal skills, with lyrics like 'Where ismy baby?Who took my baby?' climaxing with 'its..not..yours..F***YOU!'.'Gutless' is the 11th track, a funny, well written song. Last of allis 'Rockstar' which is actually a song called 'Olympia' (the other versionwas banned). 'Olympia' is about cynisism of the riot grrl movement. Itsone of my lesser favourites on the CD, but is still a good song. I'veranted lots about Courtney, so ill mention the other members too. EricErlandson plays his guitar beautifully, and Schemel's drumming poundsthrough your skull.Its a shame that Kristen died when she did, althoughAuf Der Maur was a good replacement. This album simply IS hole. Cynics whostill insist that Kurt wrote it should listen to 'Pretty On The Inside'and 'Celebrity Skin' (written before she met Kurt, and after his suicide)which are proof Holes talent at writing songs. Quite simply - Kurt couldntwrtie music like that.It's girl music. By girls, for girls. Thats not to saythat males wont enjoy it too, but this is the album that will get girlsthrough their teens.And thats speaking from experience.So even if you hateCourtney, buy this album. It'll show her talent, and maybe have the powerto change your mind. As you can tell, im very passionate about this CD.Itwas, and still remains the best album ive ever heard.