Nobody's Daughter

Music review by
Jacqueline Rupp, Common Sense Media
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Uninspired grunge rock that's too raw for kids.

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Positive Messages

Although there are some moments where the lyrics might inspire someone to stand up and not be a victim, the negative vibes and judgments make this album too acidic to be positive.

Positive Role Models & Representations

Love sings about being desperate in several songs ("I know that I'm a hungry lost girl, but please stick around and I'll build you a world") and also verbally attacks people with lines like "Hey I loathe every inch of you."

Violence

Although several of the songs here may be emotionally threatening or raw, "Pacific Coast Highway" has the most explicit discussions of violence with the lyrics "With your gun in my hand"

and references to being killed and bloody. "On "Nobody's Daughter" Love sings the line "asphyxiate your pain away."
Sex

There are a few suggestive lines like "she wrapped her legs around him," and the song "Samantha" is about a prostitute.

Language

Only a few songs have profanities, but the ones that do, do it big: "Samantha" features the lines "F--k people like you, f--k people like me" repeated many times, while "Loser Dust" includes the word "c--t ,"and "Skinny Little Bitch" not only has an inappropriate title but also includes "f--k."

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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

"Loser Dust" includes the line "you make me drunk."

What 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.

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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.

Talk to your kids 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?

Music details

For kids who love to be their own Guitar Hero

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