Hole - Celebrity Skin

Discussion in 'The Classics - Albums and Songs' started by straightorbroken, Oct 27, 2013.

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Oh, Cinderella, they aren't sluts like you

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  1. straightorbroken

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    Almost as if reeling from the shock of Hollywood acceptance, the inescapable title track is like a crusade to create the ultimate rock song, and succeeds. The slick and fiery temperament quite literally flows through her veins, and should have been her biggest hit of all time. It's also over before you know it, making it marvellously addictive. It sums up someone's if not her own arrival, success and tragedy in Tinseltown, but it's far too glamorous and ferociously sardonic to be morbid. She had always been out there, now she was up there.

    [video=youtube;O3dWBLoU--E]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O3dWBLoU--E[/video]

    But Britney, I'm a little bit older than you. The dizzy delirium of the spangly Awful is deliciously sugar-coated. I do enjoy the subject matter of terminally tedious teenagers of whom she couldn't be more insanely jealous of and marvel at endlessly if she tried, like Stevie Nicks meets Queen Grimhilde. The sweet texture's still carry a powerful sting, and if it's all a bit cute, Love still sounds like a thistle is stuck in her throat. The shiny pristine surfaces do not make us lose out on Love's rotten-to-the-core core. Sweet cherry - it ripens with every listen, each section bursting out yet more juice.

    [video=youtube;85nWO5aE3vs]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=85nWO5aE3vs[/video]

    The hazy guitar bruises of Hit So Hard may be in debt to He Hit Me & It Felt Like A Kiss, but the haunting Gothic wordless middle-8 is luxurious and unnerving. Love's strange exhilaration always feeds off morbid dissections of this nature anyhow.

    [video=youtube;v0CYB5V9e64]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v0CYB5V9e64[/video]

    In contrast to the dizzy peaks of CS and Awful, the cinematic Malibu is a song of soft regret, Baywatch fantasies and isolation. The more obsessive lyrics elsewhere dissipate into raw deflation, miserable radiance and almost unbearable pathos. Plaintive ecstasy - it all dissolves into perfection. Pacific Coast Highway was the return ticket.

    The California surf-pop sheen can only continue for so long. Not quite diving back into grunge, Reasons To Be Beautiful injects from a different needle and cleverly blurs the lines between singing of love and/or herself. Her tremendous chaos as coherence rock babble, guttural delivery and a rash of guitar blemishes every bit as aggravated as one could ask from her.

    Dying. Whilst not quite a (cabbage) patch on Doll Parts, the two really shouldn't be compared. Building up until emotionally it feels like unlocking a damn for water to tumble out from.

    Use Once & Destroy. The 'worst' song on here. It certainly creates a bit of a stench. The title comes from an old t-shirt Love designed herself back in the early days of the band. You can't go back now and you have to see this track through - it has stubbornly become essential. It's not as if I'd swap it for the fabulously shit Be A Man (So Impotent 12" edit) or anything.

    Northern Star. For me, this was the iconic performance of Glastonbury '99. Love's panto villain act on stage, before exposing herself with such a brutal vocal was unforgettable.

    The sublime unreason of Boys On The Radio strums and gristles across the highway-headed horizon as it unwinds into "endless Summer nights". The lyrics are so picturesque that the song positively describes itself. Music being performed, imagined, remembered, inhabited and most of all felt. The middle-8 is to die for, which aren't words I use lightly regarding Ms. Love. When the camp-fire cackling chorus crashes back in like waves, and it all just submerges gorgeously, the California coastline and sense of escapism couldn't be any more alive.

    The sparkly Heaven Tonight, with its chugging guitar shimmers and fluttery sense of adoration for Frances, awakens a pop thirst she had always threatened to unleash before. Uh hu, uh hu.

    The only song to sound a tad dated, Playing Your Song is also the only song to flare up into the full-pelt scorn and snarling vitriol of old, only with some "are you listening Madge?" Eastern stylings). A blistering exercise in loathing, restlessness, grandeur and narcissistic tyranny. Courtney is at her freefall most. This was a teenage angst classic for me.

    Petals. My goodness the strings. Such lavish attention to detail is too meticulous to ignore. Not surprisingly, it's the same guy who Madonna used on Frozen who did them.

    Does any other rock star enchant, arouse, intrigue, disturb, disgust and perplex as much as Courtney Love? NME said it best, she would never make another record as good as this ever again. No one else will either (well, if we're talking rock here).
     
  2. COB

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    Tear the petals off of you
    Make you TELL THE TRUTH


    :disco: :angry: :(
     
  3. Indie

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    It's good, but I much prefer "Live Through This"
     
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    Certified 10. Live Through This remains my favourite Hole release but some of the songs on CS stand out as some of my favourite songs.
    Northern Star can still make me v emotional on the wrong(right) day. She really deserves more acclaim as not just a brilliant lyricist but an AMAZING vocalist. I LOVE HER SO MUCH.
     
  5. BoysForSeles

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    It's a really good album but 'Live Through This' is the pinnacle of Courtney's career.
     
  6. Ryan

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    Courtney Love is truly underrated as a lyricist. It's a shame that her media antics have overshadowed her as a rather excellent songwriter and rock star. Even on "Nobody's Daughter" there are some incredible moments.

    Anyway, both the song and album are easy 10s for me. "Celebrity Skin" is a masterpiece and I'll hear nothing else said about it.
     
  7. Gangsta Nancy Lam

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    11/10. Hole were a genuinely brilliant band and this is easily one of my all time favourite albums. Love's a bit of a lyrical genius, I swear, and I wish Hole hadn't imploded in the wake of its release because a few more in the same vein would have been brilliant.

    Oh make me over/ I'm all I wanna be/ A walking study/ in demonology
     
  8. Gangsta Nancy Lam

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    Even the album cover is 11/10.
     
  9. BoysForSeles

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    I agree. For me she and Aimee Mann have been consistently the best female lyricists out there.
     
  10. Jonfessions

    Jonfessions R U 4 REAL?

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    10 Celebrity Skin
    10 Awful
    08 Hit So Hard
    11 Malibu
    08 Reasons to Be Beautiful
    10 Dying
    07 Use Once & Destroy
    09 Northern Star
    10 Boys on the Radio
    10 Heaven Tonight
    08 Playing Your Song
    08 Petals
     
  11. Suedey

    Suedey I'm not gonna be IGNORED

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    One of my favourite albums of all time. Live Through This is my favourite Hole LP though for sentimental reasons obviously.
     
  12. straightorbroken

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    Probably just a good angle, but she looks amazing here. It's inspired me to play Malibu and Pacific Coast Highway - the fatalist California surf-pop specialised on Celebrity Skin first is totally her lane.
     
  13. ameraal

    ameraal is this too much?

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    chromatics have covered petals.

     

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