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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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Letter To God
Dear God, I'm writing this letter to You 'Cause I don't have a clue, can You help me? I'm sitting here, simply trying to figure out What my life's... See the rest of the song lyrics
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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. If 'America's Sweetheart' was a breakdown record, 'Nobody's Daughter' is a recovery album. As that analogy would suggest, it's not always pretty to witness.
  5. Like most Hole albums, Nobody's Daughter has flashes of inspiration but is generally weighed down by inconsistency and too many songs that sound like they were phoned in.
  6. Songwriters Linda Perry and Billy Corgan (moonlighting from the Smashing Pumpkins), producer Michael Beinhorn--sand down her rough edges and turn Nobody's Daughter into a dreary piece of middle-of-the-road product.
  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: 7 out of 13
  2. Negative: 3 out of 13
  1. WendyJ
    Apr 28, 2010
    10
    Brilliant record. A firey, passionate, triumphant return for Love. Some of the most thrilling radio rock and some of the most heartbreaking 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
  2. Jan 10, 2013
    10
    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 inThis 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. Michael
    Apr 28, 2010
    9
    The album could've been longer, but the material is solid. Stand outs are "Nobody's Daughter", "Honey", "Pacific Coast Highway" and The album could've been longer, but the material is solid. Stand outs are "Nobody's Daughter", "Honey", "Pacific Coast Highway" and "How Dirty Girls Get Clean". Expand
  4. JosephT.
    Apr 30, 2010
    6
    It has some fine moments, but not enough; unfortunately. *For fans only*.
  5. Feb 14, 2017
    6
    Courtney Love made a mistake attempting to live up to her band's name with this release. It should be under her own moniker and tossed intoCourtney Love made a mistake attempting to live up to her band's name with this release. It should be under her own moniker and tossed into the archives along with America's Sweetheart.

    The hands of Perry, Beinhorn, Larkin and even Corgan aren't enough to revive this album and aggrandize it to the status it should hold.

    Love (now pleasantly sounding quite Marianne Faithfull like) DOES however remain a wordsmith in her songwriting. This miraculously manages to act as an adhesive in Nobody's Daughter's weakest tracks.

    I must say it's wonderful to hear that she can still howl like a banshee.

    Get the Celebrity Skin line-up involved or use your own name.

    Supreme songs are Nobody's Daughter and For Once In Your Life.
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  6. Dec 3, 2013
    4
    It's a real shame when bad albums happen to good bands. Courtney Love fires her original band members, hires a new crew and expects the sameIt's a real shame when bad albums happen to good bands. Courtney Love fires her original band members, hires a new crew and expects the same magic from the 90s? Epic fail. Expand
  7. Aug 17, 2018
    0
    Only god knows how much I still hate this **** band and feeling very upset here
    Also, this album is trash

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