America's Sweetheart [Explicit Lyrics]

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Barnes & Noble - David Sprague
Since Courtney Love has spent most of the past several years concentrating on playing roles, it would've been easy to forget just how personally revealing her musical work can be -- but this gnashingly confessional set drives home that point with passion that borders on the manic. America's Sweetheart, much like Hole's Live Through This, manages to reconcile fairly polished music and gnarled vocals; if anything, this disc is even more emotionally naked, with Love issuing threats and pondering her own demise with equal ferocity. A good portion of the album is given over to spasmodic thrash -- the barreling "But Julian, I'm a Little Older than You" gives a maximum dose ...
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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - David Sprague
Since Courtney Love has spent most of the past several years concentrating on playing roles, it would've been easy to forget just how personally revealing her musical work can be -- but this gnashingly confessional set drives home that point with passion that borders on the manic. America's Sweetheart, much like Hole's Live Through This, manages to reconcile fairly polished music and gnarled vocals; if anything, this disc is even more emotionally naked, with Love issuing threats and pondering her own demise with equal ferocity. A good portion of the album is given over to spasmodic thrash -- the barreling "But Julian, I'm a Little Older than You" gives a maximum dose of flailing, angular guitar to good effect -- but Love throws a few curveballs as well, such as the cinematic "Sunset Strip," which channels classic '70s California rock. Still, it's Love's presence that really dominates the disc, and whether she's boasting about and/or bemoaning her narcotics intake -- as on "Sunset Strip" and, naturally enough, "All the Drugs" -- or fretting over her sex life -- as on "I'll Do Anything," on which she wails, "Gimme speed, gimme white hot hate" -- there's no denying that she means every word. That can be frightening, especially when she's going on about cutting brake lines or starting fires, but it can also be affirming and exhilarating, as on "Zeplin Song," which blows well-aimed spitballs onto the tapestry of classic rock. Yes, the disc is something of an exercise in megalomania -- Love admits as much in "Hold On to Me," on which she chants "I am the center of the universe" like a mantra -- but it's far too fascinating to ignore.
New York Times - Neil Strauss
"America's Sweetheart" is good enough to renew the Courtney Love drama for at least another season.
Entertainment Weekly - David Browne
Once again, Love is singing with the force of a hurricane, and her ability to project -- to invest every syllable with conviction, determination, and personality -- remains undiminished. Try as they might, current quasi-punkers can't match her razor-throated yowl. (A-)
Blender - Jon Pareles
An unrepentant contradiction, from her punk cred to her Hollywood gloss, she's incorrigible, and just what we need.

Once again, Love is singing with the force of a hurricane, and her ability to project -- to invest every syllable with conviction, determination, and personality -- remains undiminished. Try as they might, current quasi-punkers can't match her razor-throated yowl. (A-)
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 2/10/2004
  • Label: Emi Mod Afw
  • UPC: 724359145921
  • Catalog Number: 91459
  • Sales rank: 18,859

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Mono
  2. 2 But Julian, I'm a Little Older Than You
  3. 3 Hold On To Me
  4. 4 Sunset Strip
  5. 5 All The Drugs
  6. 6 Almost Golden
  7. 7 I'll Do Anything
  8. 8 Uncool
  9. 9 Life Despite God
  10. 10 Hello
  11. 11 Zeplin Song
  12. 12 Never Gonna Be the Same
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Courtney Love Primary Artist
Joe Gore Guitar
Scott McCloud Musician
Jerry Best Musician
Patty Schemel Musician
Chris Whitemyer Track Performer
Samantha Maloney Musician
Emilie Autumn Musician
Technical Credits
Bernie Taupin Composer
Courtney Love Composer, Producer, Drawing
Jamie Candiloro Engineer
Matt Serletic Producer
Chris Whitemyer Composer, Guitar Techician
Joe Zook Engineer
Ryan Williams Engineer
Josh Abraham Producer
James Barber Producer
Greg Collins Engineer
Olivia Artwork
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Psycho Rock Queen is Back, and Nothing has Changed

    I often listen to Hole, and this album caught me by surprise.Its great to hear Courtney's actual voice singing instead of screaming.The lyrical quality is a bit questionable in some songs such as "I'll do anything" but is absolutely profound in others such as "Hold on to me" and "Almost Golden". It is definitely my favorite album of hers, including Hole. It sounds more the polished and glossy "Celebrity Skin" album more than the gritty "Live Through This"(My personal favorite Hole album). Over all, don't expect the normal "Hole" sound, because this album is a lot more polished and soft.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    The Kick Ass Psycho Rock Queen Is Back And Crazier Than Ever

    This CD was awsome....emotional....psychotic....depressing..... Courtney Love, the Psycho Rock Queen, has made a beautifully tragic album this time....RIP Kurt Cobain....*****

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Back and Better

    Courtney Love is back and ready to tear up the music scene again will her hard rocking honest cd America's Sweetheart. The cd include her First single the Fast past rockin Mono. The cd is Filled with great rock out songs like Mono,Hello,I'll do Anything,But Julian I'm a little older then you and more. The cd also shows the softer side of Courtney on Hold on to me, Never Gonna be the Same, Uncool and the epic Sunset Strip which goes over her stuggles in life. There many great songs on the cd any Fan of chick rock needs this cd, any Fan of hole or Courtney you have to get it. Hell any rock fan need it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Post-Grunge-Alt-Rock's Reigning Drama Queen Returns with a Vengeance

    Taking a departure from Hole's last glossy, polished, and Prozac induced effort, "Celebrity Skin," Ms. Love opts for a return to her more raw, hard rockin', and New Wave punk influenced roots. But don't be fooled. This is not a sequel to "Pretty on the Inside." However, this time around, she aims to recapture her glory days of "Live Through This," and while it's an honorable attempt, it doesn't quite match it. Rock may be dead, but Courtney Love isn't just yet. Sounding as if she has sustained soley on cigarettes and whiskey, Love remains a sonic force not to be reckoned with. She still knows how to rock, unleashing the neurotic, narcissistic banshee in her, shrieking, screaming, and uttering words like they were her last. Brody Armstrong, eat your heart out.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Courtney's BACK!

    When she sleeps, this woman couldn't possibly drool out spit. Her words dangerously drip acid, and that makes her one of the most interesting lyricists out there right now - not to mention totally quotable in interviews. For those reasons, I couldn't wait for the album to come out (although I've recently read that Virgin forced her to put it out prematurely) America's Sweetheart does not steal Live Through This' crown as her best work, but it's excellent and stands on its own. I can only pray - and I'm not even particularly devout! - that Courtney, the grande dame of grrl rock, puts out more records.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    haha hey

    well ive got to be honest, i never thought love was that great of a singer before i ever heard a song. pretty..uhh...whats the word...judgemental almost towards her and when i heard this cd...wow..shes very good. she may not be like celine haha or anything but her voice has that thing to it that makes it great. a brody type tone. courtney, im sry i judged yea babe and keep making great music!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Best New CD of 2004

    Courtney Love is one of the only people left who still believe in rock n roll and are willing to give everything to keep it alive. Her first solo album is great. I'm not going to expand. If you love Hole, especially Pretty on the Inside and Live Through This, you will love this album. Love is back, and as far as I'm concerned, she can stay as long as she wants; she is one of the only great rockers left.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    The perfect new Rock album

    Okay, so here is a great record with great production and great tunes, The songs are well crafted, and show great signs of growth. The Mastering has that great compressed sound perfect for this style. Even fans of music that shy away from Courtney in the past will enjoy this record. Futre recording engineers, listen to this record, song writers, learn the songs and listen to the layers and break downs, and music fans just turn it up ....loud

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Totally America's Sweetheart

    When you hear the words Courtney Love...what comes into your mind? Well, you should think of her raspy voice, ballsy tunes and great new album! With Mono being my favourite song on there, every tunes is worth a listen! If you haven't heard any previous music (hole) i guarantee its a great idea to start here!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Courtneys Back

    Courtneys new CD America's Sweetheart is great, and deffinitly worth the wait. It is the Cd that you need to hear, you can not live another day without listening to Courtney sing. THe image of Courtney Love may scare you but when you look past the image you will find how talented she is. She is a one of the best musicians out there. She is back and I konw you missed her.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    simply amazing

    be prepared for an arse kicking, cause thats what you will get, and be prepared to bow down to the goddess herself 'Miss Love' cause you will be "SIMPLY AMAZED"

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    America's Sweetheart

    I would recomend Courtney Love's solo debut to everyone. The lyrics are witty, and she is somehow able to pull off loud punk vocals over pretty pop music. This s the good kind of pop, not the bubblegum we har all too much these days. To be honest I miss Hole, I miss Eric Erlandson, and Linda Perry is not the best replacement. However I am impressed by the range of this album, althought I skip the tracks "Uncool" and "Sunset Strip" the rest of the album blends together very well. There are the hardrok songs I looked forward to like "Mono" and "Life Despite God" as well as the sad and sweet "Never Gonna be the Same". Any Punk fan can also either appreciate or be put off by the references to The Ramones and The Clash. On the flip side Led Zepplin fans may be rather put of by "Zepplin Song". At some points "America's Sweetheart" seems a little overproduced, but for the first effort without her band I think Courtney did a better job than most of today's artists are doing. I wouldlike t see more of this and less of Justin ad Janet, anyday.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    She's Back

    This album is just what anyone would expect from Courtney Love. She's a different person than she was when we last heard from her, but she's still Courtney. America's Sweetheart is glossed over and that takes away from what it could have been. Example being Sunset Strip, track number 4. Courtney fails to provide us with her witty sarcasm in most of this album.. but tracks like Hold On To Me (number 3) are so real and gritty and hard not to like. Her first single, Mono, is catchy and poppy but it still has the underlying grunginess and the underlying Courtney-ness. All in all, she could have done better, but this album is absolutely wonderful and absolutely courtney love. I definitely suggest listening to America's Sweetheart and falling in love with it, as I did. Favorite Tracks: 2. But Julian, I'm a Little Bit Older Than You 3. Hold On To Me 6. Almost Golden

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Love to Love her

    Finally Courtney Love is back with some new songs, and they rock! Being sued most of the time, Courtney hasn't exactly been in the spotlights with positive critiques. Luckily "America's Sweetheart" can only contribute in a positive manner. The first few songs really kick in, and the album continues to keep on rocking, varying with songs more in continuation of Hole's "Celebrity Skin". As always there's that emotional rawness to the album, and that is exactly what makes Courtney's music so powerfull. True enough, her voice at sometimes might not be as appealing to everyone, is does intensify the emotionality. She yells, whispers and confesses. "All the drugs", "Life despite God" and Never gonna be the same" are definiately worth listening to, and you're certainly going to love "I'll do anything." Courtney is busy getting back on track and no doubt this album is a first step in the right direction. The album title beholds a sarcastic tone, but "America's Sweetheart" may very well be a visionary title, in succesion of Hole's "Live through this". Courtney went through hell and survived, now will she be up and running for the title America's Sweetheart with this album?

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Courtney Love

    I bought the cd right away, it is great. All the songs are good...no skipping around, like alot of cd's these days. Lyrics are straight and too the point, while the music goes from raw to beautiful. My favorite track is hello. While they are all good, she has a certain flow to the way she postioned them. She's gonna bring the punk rock back. Enough with rap-rock, she's the queen.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Courtney is BACK!

    Awesome couldn't have hoped for anything more! beautiful lyrics followed up with great rock/fleetwood mac music. And best of all the voice !!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Soooo cool

    A little bit slicker than early stuff like Pretty on the Inside, My Body the Hand Grenade, and Live Through This, but less commercial than Celebrity Skin, it is wonderful to hear Courtney finding a perfect balance within her sound. Unlike many artists who have been around for awhile, Courtney just keeps growing as an artist and is rocking harder than ever(not to mention that she looks pretty damn good too). This album makes me proud to be a Courtney Love fan. Definitely worth the 15 or however many bucks I paid for it, times 2.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Courtney at her best

    I think this is the best I have heard her in a long time. The songs are great!! I highly reccomment this to all Courtney Love fans

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Courtney's Back!!!!!

    Courtney has finally returned with another great album. Despite what seemed to be a crazy year for her she still managed to pull it off, but then doesn't she always. She even spared some time to make a great video. The only complaint I would have is that some of the songs lacked great lines such as 'some day you will ache like I ache' that we loved so much on Live Through This. But as records go, this is one to buy.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    it's alright

    Not my favorite CD and definitely not a chart topper. It's got some good music on it, but the vocals leave something to be desired. She sounds nothing like what she did on CS. Sometimes she just screams like she's going to start choking afterwards.

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