America's Sweetheart

  • Record Label: Virgin
  • Release Date: Feb 10, 2004
Metascore
59

Mixed or average reviews - based on 24 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 10 out of 24
  2. Negative: 4 out of 24
  1. This being Courtney, there’s also an emotional rawness to ‘America’s Sweetheart’ which you’ll either love or be repelled by.
  2. Q Magazine
    60
    Even its most unlistenable moments command attention with a ferocity that most musicians get nowhere near. [Mar 2004, p.98]
  3. Love is a truly notable lyricist, but she's an ideas person rather than a musician.
  4. Even if you slipped the album into your player without the slightest preconceived notion of who Courtney Love is or was, Sweetheart wouldn't be able to help but strike you as a document of sheer desperation, of a frantic need for approval. Worse, it's the audible sound of a talent in serious decline.
  5. She winds up with a processed, affected record halfway between Live Through This and Pat Benatar or possibly Billy Squier.
  6. 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.
  7. While it's unfair to directly compare Courtney's solo work with Hole's shifty discography, America's Sweetheart demonstrates a fairly monstrous decline in both quality and conviction.
  8. For people who enjoy watching celebrities fall apart, America's Sweetheart should be more fun than an Osbournes marathon.
  9. Mojo
    40
    If anywhere, this stuff belongs in interviews, not in songs. [Mar 2004, p.94]
  10. The songwriting is scattershot... and the sound strains for punk-on-a-budget but is as three-chord conservative as other retro acts like Rancid and the Distillers.
User Score
7.0

Generally favorable reviews- based on 66 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 29 out of 41
  2. Negative: 10 out of 41
  1. Jan 4, 2016
    7
    Usually regarded as the worst of her albums and that's mostly true, however it's definitely a guilty pleasure. There are some tunes on theUsually regarded as the worst of her albums and that's mostly true, however it's definitely a guilty pleasure. There are some tunes on the album that are underrated such as Hold on to Me and Almost Golden. Mono is a fun rock ballad and serves as a decent "come back" intro song for the album. All the Drugs features some fun, but simple riffs. Overall, most of the songs are just good ol' fun punk rock esque songs without any deep meaning. Hold on to Me and Almost Golden try to serve as the albums "Malibu" entries. They are decent nothing more. Other songs such as All the Drugs are mostly dark and soul less enabling drug addiction and prostitution. The whole album is pretty narcissistic, but fun overall. Like I said it's a guilty pleasure. A far cry from Hole's Live through this or even Celebrity Skin. Full Review »
  2. Mar 11, 2012
    10
    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 andPeople 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! Full Review »
  3. Joe
    May 24, 2009
    1
    Hole had like 2 good albums, that's all courtney has contributed to music worth listening.