- Celebrity Skin
Study in Demonology
you thought grunge rock was dead. Boy were you wrong.
Hole's new album marks the final stages of grunge rock, for
this female-based grunge rock band of years past continues
with the power of rock. Although they do cling to their
grunge roots, Hole is starting to shy away from the genre
as well. The new alubm contains trips back to the early
90s - when grunge reigned supreme, but also takes a step forward
for Hole to keep the album up-to-date.
is Hole's third full-length album. It is their follow-up
to what was their breakthrough album, Live Through This
(with songs such as "Doll Parts" and "Violet").
Lead singer, Courtney Love, has lived through quite a bit
in her time, such as sex, drugs, death, career change, and
rock 'n' roll's ups and downs. The songs on this album
reflect the changes Love has seen. She has dealt with
the death of former husband Kurt Cobain, and raised their
child, Frances Bean. She has also ventured into the
movie world with films such as The People vs. Larry Flint.
Despite the tremendous
amount of pressure and change Love has dealt with, her music
has only progressed. Perhaps it is due to these pressures
and the music is used as a vent - whatever the reason, the
music is excellent. Hole has kept the power-crunch of
grunge rock, but given it a more melodic feeling. This
may not show through on their title track (the first single)
- but it is definitely evident on other tracks. Songs
such as "Northern Star" are almost the opposite,
with powerful rock vocals by Love conjoined with acoustic
guitar and a march-beat drum in the background (snares and
all). "Boys on the Road" also showcases the
acoustic guitar with a pop-drum beat. The song's sound
is highly remiscent of earlier music by the Lemonheads, but
with a female lead singer.
Hole has definitely
transcended many musical styles with this album. And
guess, what - it works. Courtney Love speaks of this
album as containing "... the last grunge song ever."
She just may be right. I thought the genre had died
completely from the mainstream, but Hole has managed to pull
it off, by updating the sound slightly and including a mixture
of other styles as well. The acoustic guitars changing
into the power guitar is the excellent companion to Love's
harsh voice. The album may be more "pop" than
their previous offerings (sounding close to Liz Phair in parts,
especially early on "Heaven Tonight") but hey, everyone
needs to make some money. I guess Love has to wear her
Celebrity Skin while it still fits.
/ Geffen / DGC