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An interesting album with three great tracks and some good ones
Live Through This - Hole
Member Name: huggy2009
Live Through This - Hole
Advantages: More melodic than other Hole albums
Disadvantages: Unlistenable in parts
Hole came to prominence in the 1990's as a band who were unafraid to be controversial, with the genuinely confusing Courtney Love as their lead singer their soundbites were always interesting and once Love married Kurt Cobain the band also got a lot of publicity for their music through that link.
For me this is the only good album they made and this in itself is an album of two halves.
Released in 1994 through Geffen the album is 38 minutes long in total, the music are short bursts of anger, opinion and grunge music.
The album is shouty, sarcastic and is actually in parts quite melodic for a hole album. It has been suggested that Cobain had some part in adding harmony and melody as the previous Hole album had potential but was virtually unlistenable.
For me there are a few stand out tracks, the song, Miss World is a cutting expose of little girls who want to be pretty but nothing more, Love cuts through the BS of this vacuousness with scathing one liners and almost spits out the lyrics, accusations of fake people spring throughout and this is the best song on the album.
Doll Parts is a harrowing song, it is destructive and the story told is harrowing, the song has a great melody and the shouting style of Love works perfectly here. It is a thoughtful song which works on every level.
Violet is a good opener with a lively bass and guitar and shouty lyrics. Other than that the songs do sound somewhat samey and are 3 minute soundbites of the bands excellent grunge-lite style, but without the lyrical excellence of Miss World or Doll Parts.
Asking for it does exactly what it says on the tin, portraying a senseless attack on a young woman and is quite disturbing, whilst Jennifer's Body obviously had some effect on the screenwriter and director Cody Diablo who named her most recent film after the song.
Overall I think this is a good rather than great album, it has two great songs but this is not enough to make it great in itself. The messages are confused, the musical styles similar, it is a hard hitting album that is great in parts and hard to enjoy in others.
The songs on the album are:
1 - Violet
2 - Miss World
3 - Plump
4 - Asking for it
5 - Jennifer's Body
6 - Doll Parts
7 - Credit in the straight world
8 - Softer, Softest
9 - She walks on me
10 - I think that I would die
11 - Gutless
12 - Rock Star
The album costs 99p on Ebay and around £5.73 on Amazon. I would suggest downloading Doll Parts, Miss World and Violet and leaving the rest.
Summary: An interesting album with three great tracks and some good ones