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  • Summary: The band officially disbanded in 2002, but it's been more than 12 years since the Courtney Love-led rock band recorded "Celebrity Skin." A new lineup greets listeners as original members Eric Erlandson and Melissa Auf der Maur do not return.
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  1. Positive: 8 out of 23
  2. Negative: 1 out of 23
  1. The emotion fueling her pretense is cathartic nevertheless.
  2. Against all odds, Nobody's Daughter prevails with head-turning vitriolic blasts like Skinny Little Bitch, Samantha and How Dirty Girls Get Clean.
  3. Hole is barely Hole at this point. Overall, though, Daughter pretty much nails the Patti Smith-meets-Stevie Nicks rasp Love has long aimed for.
  4. The rest of Nobody's Daughter is largely hit or miss. The album is bookended by songs composed solely by Love: The title track is lyrically amateurish, filled with the kind of macabre imagery you'd find in a high school student's poetry or a Nine Inch Nails album, while the bonus track "Never Go Hungry," on the other hand, impresses for its effortless couplets.
  5. Love herself, though, has barely changed: still enslaved by the need to vent every emotion as it happens, she's alternately thrilling (see the snarling, visceral Skinny Little Bitch) and tedious (quite a lot of the other tracks).
  6. I would love nothing more than to tell you that Nobody's Daughter is a massive ***-you to the haters, but unfortunately, all this does is give them more ammunition, meekly soiling the legacy of a band that deserves far, far better.
  7. What we've gotten instead is a forgettable collection of fairly generic, overproduced rock songs that feel, oddly, like a put-on.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 out of 11
  2. Negative: 2 out of 11
  1. Mar 11, 2012
    This album is by far, the greatest piece of work I have heard this generation. Courtney Love proves she is back and she's staying. This album is amazing. I could praise it for hours and hours. "Nobody's Daughter" states Courtney's faults and shows a vulnerable side to her that nobody has seen while still having the emotional, powerful lyrics that she always has had. It's a very amazing album and it has so much meaning behind it. There is something about Nobody's Daughter that I haven't felt with any other album... It's like Courtney is instead of avoiding her scars and mistakes she is overcoming them and standing up and saying F*** You and I'm back.. I could literally praise this album FOR HOURS. Expand
  2. Jan 10, 2013
    This record is beyond brilliant. The best album of 2010. It's raw, powerful and obviously Courtney Love has still got it. You can tell in every one of these songs. Absolutely spellbinding and beautiful. Their best work since 1994's "Live Through This." Expand
  3. WendyJ
    Apr 28, 2010
    Brilliant record. A firey, passionate, triumphant return for Love. Some of the most thrilling radio rock and some of the most heartbreaking ballads I've heard in years. It can't touch Live Through This, but I think she is lyrically at her peak; and WHAT A PEAK. All the songs are well-written, and produced to perfection. Simply a wonderful record, well done! Expand
  4. SamR.
    Apr 27, 2010
    Very uneven album. Some great tracks samantha, pch, honey and some ur...letter to god? Still i like it as it sounds like nothing else out there, doesn't pander and is a raw rocky I have read have been extremely harsh and mostly seemed aimed at courtney's public persona, not the music. Expand
  5. LD
    Apr 30, 2010
    Well not the masterpiece i was hoping for,but far from a disaster.most of these songs have been kicking around in various forms for the past 3 years,it's a grower not a shower and samantha and skinny little bitch will be perfect soundtrack for summer!long live courtney!!rock on with your badself! Expand
  6. JosephT.
    Apr 30, 2010
    It has some fine moments, but not enough; unfortunately. *For fans only*.
  7. LynnS.
    Apr 30, 2010
    Evey time I hear her sing, a vision of a donkey comes to my mind. Her voice is sounding like a very pained donkey's whinny. I hope it's her last album. How embarrassing! Expand

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