What parents need to know
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that although a few songs aren't offensive, many are! The bad language and seething emotions make this an album only appropriate for the most mature teens. Tales of desolation, revenge, hate, and abandonment set a heavy tone, and there are songs that cover everything from prostitution to suicide...definitely NOT subject matter for kids or younger teens.
What's the story?
With their last album coming out twelve years ago, Hole has definitely been long overdue for a comeback. But the release of NOBODY'S DAUGHTER didn't come without controversy, as original band-mates waged a war over the ownership of the band's name and therefore the group's ability to release a new album. It's no surprise that Courtney Love was undeterred, and with a new set of members offered up an album that covers much of the angst that Hole was known for. Look for a more laid-back sound this time around, though.
Is it any good?
Body image issues, spiteful lovers, and drug-addicted Los Angeles fallen angels...we've been here before with Hole, and more specifically, Courtney Love. After over a decade it's disappointing the band doesn't have new issues to take a verbal stab at. But recycling old material isn't the biggest crime of this album. That distinction would have to go to the sluggish, uninspired rock that tries too hard to play it safe and play to both rock and pop sensibilities. It fails on both fronts, with Love drawing out vocals and guitars just meandering in the background.
Families can talk about...
Families can talk about positive body image. This album has several references to negative body images, like the song "Skinny Little Bitch." Do you think people are judged inappropriately because of how they look? If someone is attractive, does it mean they are shallow or stupid? If someone is overweight, are they lazy? Do you judge people based on their looks?
Talk about women who lead rock bands. Do they sometimes have to have a harder edge than their male counterparts to come off as legit rockers? Why do you think many of the songs on this album attack women?
Talk about what to do if an album is a mixed bag of good and bad content. Is a good solution to purchase or download singles, to keep inappropriate content off your playlist? Will your parents let you listen to the clean songs, even if the album features inappropriate content?