Upsetting
Thursday, February 12, 2004
 
Biter that I am, I saw that blog master Tony Pierce had a song-by-song review of Courtney Love’s new record, America’s Sweetheart, on his site and decided to do the same. I looked on the network of file-sharing friends that I have, and sure enough one of my friends posted the album so I could download it and listen.

In the interest of disclosure:

My girl is asleep, listening to Howard talk on E!
I’m drinking a clear liquor.
There is laundry spinning.

Here goes:

1) Love Mono – Our blanched heroine is a self-parody. She tosses off insults at wannabe punkers over chord inversions from that song on the last Hole album that had the line Oh, make me over. Mediocre.

2) But Julian, I’m a Little Older – Julian the guy from The Strokes, maybe, as representation as the young indie lions after Cobain’s queen? Dunno, but Kurt woulda been embarrassed for The Strokes. Courtney spews a lot here, a la “It’s The End of the World,” and includes a Nada Surf rant at the end.

3) Hold On To Me – The widow’s former husband channeled again here, with the line In the dead of winter, dead of night, he’s all that I can see. This is where it dawns on me that the ordeal of Courtney Love will forever outweigh any artistic statement she makes, and I wonder if I can do this for two more songs. The laundry needs to go into the dryer.

4) Sunset Strip – Tony is right, her phrasing here recalls Westerberg, but it’s criminal to use The Mats leader’s name in a tune as vanilla as this.

I don’t care anymore.

It’s almost Friday.

And you’re not Courtney Love.

And she kinda borrowed the bad food, bad sex, bad TV line from The Breeders’ song “When I Was A Painter” from Pod.

Good idea, Tony. I let down the side.

Just like Courtney.

And "All the Drugs" sounds like a Morphine throwaway.
 
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