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  • Audio CD (20 Mar. 1999)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Polydor Group
  • ASIN: B000003TAY
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HOLE Live Like This (1994 US 12-track CD album including the singles Miss World Doll Parts Violet & Softer Softest with Olympia labelled as Rock Star due to a last minute change with fold-out picture booklet DGCD-24631)

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It's nearly thirteen years since Hole released Live Through This, their second album. It was their breakthrough into the major league, and proved to be the best of their career. But with Kurt Cobain's death coming just days before the album's release, none of this mattered. In 1994 and the years that followed, tragedy and controversy seemed to overshadow everything Courtney Love touched. Thankfully, with every year that passes, it becomes easier to put the record's emotional baggage to one side and appraise it on the strength of its songs.

Violet gives the album a venomous jumpstart, with Love picking up more or less where she left off on Hole's 2001 debut Pretty On The Inside, wailing pure vitriol. However, there was a newfound sweetness to the music and mixing that Hole hadn't shown before. The quiet-loud grunge dynamic was Nevermind through and through - the verses swimming in chorus pedals, the choruses raging with bile and fuzz (Miss World is particularly formulaic here).

Hole v2.0 sounded like a different animal. The predominantly acoustic strummer, Softer, Softest must have come as a shock to any hardcore followers, but Love obviously still had her demons. 'Some day, you will ache like I ache', she sings on the downbeat lead single, Doll Parts.

Love had rebuilt a sturdier rhythm section for Live Through This, bringing in bassist Kristen Pfaff and drummer Patty Schemel. With their vicious edge softened a touch to make way for some honeyed melodies, the resulting balance making them more accessible. Sadly, the line-up didn't last long, with Pfaff dying from a heroin overdose just two months after Cobain's suicide.

With so much heartbreak surrounding the album, there's no escaping the pathos of lines like ''All my friends are dead and gone'' (Gutless). But look past this, and you'll find the album still manages to invigorate and inspire. Across their three studio albums, Hole made the transition from raucous punk to power pop with ease, and their progression was admirable. Without Hole, it's fair to say there would have been no Distillers. Likewise, the Yeah Yeah Yeah's Karen O probably owes more to Courtney Love than she's ever likely to admit. --Richard Banks

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'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.Read more ›
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I bought this album after falling in love with the song Miss World, which was getting a lot of play in clubs during the early 90s. I'd liked 'My Beautiful Son' when it was released but I just thought that Hole were a one-off Grrrl band until I bought Live Through This.
I was impressed with the quality of the lyrics - there isn't a single cheesy moment on the album, unlike most if you analyse them lyrically - and the way their poignancy was enhanced through the violence or melody of the music. It's one of those albums that gives you a new favourite track each week, though for me the highlights will always be 'Violet', 'Ask For It', and 'I Think That I Would Die'. Harsh guitars sit in contrast with pretty harmonies, mirroring the two voices of Courtney Love.
There have been many rumours that these songs were written by Kurt Cobain etc etc - well, who cares? They're great pieces of music and deserve to be listened to because they've moving and exciting. The lyrics are definitely not Cobain's, either, they are far too tender and explore their themes from a much more female and empathic point of view than Cobain ever did.
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I own all of hole's albums and singles and i have to say that of all of them 'Live through this' has to be my favourite. The songs were written in that period not long before Kurt Cobain's suicide and alot of the lyrics are inspiring yet also straight from Courtney's struggling soul. Although i think 'Celebrity Skin' is also an awesome album, i think it was alot more poppy and the majority of the songs on it were co-written by Billy Corgan and honestly i think Courtney's lyrics are good enough without his influence. Basically just buy this album cos it kicks all ass! oh and my favourite song on the album has to be 'Miss World' or 'Violet'. :P
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This album shows Hole at their peak, after the raw angst of Pretty on the Inside, and before the overproduction of the 'glossy' Clebrity Skin. The album shows real emotion and depth.
It all kicks off with Violet, a beautiful song with a powerful chorus. Next we get the contrasting Miss World, a calmer song with a catchy hook which was the first single from the album. The album follows on with Plump, a raw scream out which would not have looked out of place on POTI, which includes one of my favourite hole lyrics, 'They say I'm plump, but I throw up all the time.' This leads into Asking for it, another beautiful song with a haunting chorus, 'Was she asking for it, was she asking nice?, and the hauntingly psycic 'If you live through this with me, I swear that I will die for you.'
The album continues with Jennifers Body, another fast paced classic with deep lyrical refences. Next is another slow, beautiful song, Doll Parts, which is an amazing, beautiful song with such emotion conveyed through it, 'Yeah they really want you, but I do too', and 'I want to be the girl with the most cake.' Love seems to be referring to herself and her own feelings in this song. Next is Credit in the Straight world, a cover version which is my least favourite song on the album (in my opinion Old Age should be there instead, but maybe thats just me.) After this is Softer Softest, another song about Courtney being the 'pee girl' in her class at school. It is another hauntingly beautiful song. Next is She walks over me, which is another loud scream ridden song which you can turn up loud and really let rip to. We next come to I think that I would die, a song that seems to be about Frances and the removal of her from the Cobain's custody.
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