What parents need to know
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.
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.
Families can talk 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.