America's Sweetheart

Music review by
Kathi Kamen Goldmark, Common Sense Media
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A lot to love on this CD, but being PC isn't one.

Parents say

age 13+
Based on 2 reviews

Kids say

age 13+
Based on 1 review

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A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this music.

Positive Messages

Courtney's take on love is a little unsettling.


There are a lot of violent images, especially fire-related.


It's explicitly sexual.


Courtney doesn't hold back.


There don't seem to be any obvious commercial references.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Some drugs.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Courtney Love's mumbling saves the day -- the more graphic lyrics may go unnoticed simply because of the way she enunciates (or doesn't). Though the edited version is done more skillfully than most, it doesn't really dilute the unsettling take on life and love. Buy this CD only if the music is more important to you than the message -- and be prepared to talk to your teen about the highly sexual and violent themes.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Parent of a 1, 10, 14, and 17-year-old Written bySystemOfANintendo October 4, 2010

Not nearly as good as the great Kurt Cobain, but still worth a listen.

Though Courtney can't make up for Kurt's loss, she's worth a listen. It's very well produced. Given it's Courtney Love, the explicitnes... Continue reading
Adult Written byForknose April 9, 2008

Without Kurt....

Kurt Cobbain was a musical genius. His former wife isn't. He is dead, Nirvana is dead. Courtney Love isn't amazing to show for the loss. Her voice is... Continue reading
Teen, 13 years old Written byGreenRhino December 16, 2011

OK for those who want to bother listening- sounds horrible

This album is appropriate for most teens... if you want to listen to a wanna-be superstar who has to feed off her dead husband's fame to make a name for he... Continue reading

What's the story?

There's nothing boring about AMERICA'S SWEETHEART -- Courtney Love's long-awaited solo debut doesn't disappoint musically. And no one who's followed Ms. Love's career will be surprised by the raunchiness or drug references. The songs, many written by Ms. Love in collaboration with Linda Perry from Four Non Blondes, are impressive -- there's even something a bit refreshing about the fact that it's girl raunch instead of the usual boy raunch. But there's no getting around that some words and images could be upsetting (though Love is a mumbler, so it's genuinely hard to make out the lyrics on most of the tunes).

Is it any good?

Love's solo debut is a terrific collection of well-written, emotionally engaging songs, performed with passion and attitude. Though the edited version is done more skillfully than most, it doesn't really dilute her unsettling take on life and love. Buy this CD only if the music is more important to you than the message.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about how the singer's troubled life has influenced her music. Discussions might help teens deal with the disturbing lyrics in some songs.

Music details

  • Artist: Courtney Love
  • Release date: February 9, 2004
  • Label: Virgin Records
  • Genre: Rock
  • Parental advisory: Yes
  • Edited version available: Yes
  • Last updated: July 15, 2015

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