America's Sweetheart - Courtney Love
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  • Summary: The (we hope) ironically-titled 'America's Sweetheart' marks the solo debut for the former Hole leader, who co-wrote this album with Linda Perry and Elton John lyricist Bernie Taupin.
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  1. Positive: 10 out of 24
  2. Negative: 4 out of 24
  1. Hole’s original précis was to become something like Sonic Youth crossed with Fleetwood Mac, and America’s Sweetheart is the closest she’s come to creating that vision.
  2. 91
    A jaw-dropping act of artistic will and a fiery, proper follow-up to 1994's Live Through This. [Mar 2004, p.89]
  3. ‘America’s Sweetheart’ throbs, chugs, thunders, blasts, romps, rants and rocks.
  4. Love is a truly notable lyricist, but she's an ideas person rather than a musician.
  5. America's Sweetheart is one big, juicy fuckup, and fortunately for Courtney, there will always be little girls who hate being little girls, and are looking for a fairy godmother to show them how to self-destruct. Unfortunately, Karen O, Brody Dalle, and Amy Lee all made cooler records.
  6. For people who enjoy watching celebrities fall apart, America's Sweetheart should be more fun than an Osbournes marathon.
  7. The music is appallingly predictable, unoriginal, uninspiring, boring, over-polished, and vain.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 28 out of 40
  2. Negative: 10 out of 40
  1. DirtySanchez
    Feb 17, 2004
  2. MikeL
    Oct 26, 2004
    To all the people who gave this cd a low rating or said the lyrics suck.....I think you missed something or just don't get it. People tend to judge Courtney and her music very hastily. There is so much behind everything if you take the time to look. Do you guys know what the song "Mono" is about ???? I would assume not if you criticize the lyrics on this CD. Maybe you should listen to the "popular" CD's comparable to Courtney's and see if your opinions change a little. Expand
  3. Mar 11, 2012
    People who think negatively about this album, our people who don't like Courtney as a person. Well, let's put that aside for a minute and listen to how deep and powerful this album really is. Despite the low commercial success. This is Courtney's f*** you to the critics and she is having a great time and writing kick ass music. This album is great. Buy it, if you can find it! Expand
  4. LauraL
    Feb 11, 2004
    This album is raw and depressing. Which is part of what makes it great. I love the White Stripes, Strokes, etc. but I've been longing for a rock album with some emotional substance. This is it. It's not trendy or even cool, but it's full of wonderfully crafted songs which have something to say and will stand the test of time. Expand
  5. GaryR
    Feb 11, 2004
    Very good album for Hole fans who have been waiting for this. Her voice is as full of rage as ever, and the lyrics don't hold anything back. Grrrr!!! Expand
  6. CantedView
    Apr 12, 2004
    Courtney had me leading up to this album. I had read some recent interviews, and it sounded as though she was ready to direct a big FU at critics and listeners alike. It sounded like she was ready to unleash something that would vidicate her self-indulged antics and constant public displays of buffoonery. Instead, this album, utterly devoid of any such merit, followed. This album's lyrics are among the least insightful to have been commited to a recording of any notable artist in memorable history. They are so bad, in fact, that I pity her. I pity Linda Perry for having her name drug around this work--as Love has been so keen to do. At one point recently, in Interview, she went so far as to pull rank on Perry by reducing her to some sort of stage hand in Love's preproduction process. Come on, anything even closely resembling genius that has appeared in her past albums has always suspectly taken place under the direction of certafiable types, like Corgan or Cobain. She has never been able to prove that anything of substance in her repoirtoir has been of her own devising. To date, I am not convinced that she is capable of anything other than medicore songwritting. Then comes the sound. I was equally dissapointed when Liz Phair reduced her sound to similar watered down pop-punk crap that annoys any of us seeking craft behind a band's lead vocals. Love, it seems could muster neither adequately on this album, her ability to direct her supporting musicians seems to have been a pointless attempt, as there is no connection between the two throughout the album, and her voice, something that has in the past been capable of saving an otherwise uneventful track, has since lost its power and now just tends to sound like a forgery of its past self. Courtney Love, is this is the best you have to offer? If so, start coming to grips with the fact that you are almost wholy talentless. Any remaining facination that the world will hold for you will, I asure you, will have nothing to do with your attempts such as these as a musician. I would imagine having another session with some real musicians before bowing out of music entirely would be a good game plan for your career (and legacy, which we all know has nothing to do with YOUR music anyway). Expand
  7. [Anonymous]
    Feb 9, 2004
    please do not buy this

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