Since Hole bit the dust Courtney Love (the widow Cobain, mother of Frances Bean and wrangler of the Nirvana legacy) has managed to keep in the public eye, and in the tabloids, with several incidences of reckless behavior (often fueled by drugs), drug busts (see), court appearances (along with some no-shows) and a child custody hearing. All this could be the makings of a compelling "Behind The Music" program but was hell to live through. Love said so herself.
With her notoriety exceeding her musical accomplishments (yet again) it was time to get down to business with the "comeback" album "America's Sweetheart," a title riff with irony. Considering Love's emotional state it was probably wise, and generous on her label's part, to surround her with musical heavyweights (producer Matt Serletic and songwriters Bernie Taupin and Linda Perry) rather than leave Love on her own. Breaking new acts is so hard. Better to dress up a known (if shaky) performer.
Love began working on her next album during an '05 rehab stint. That led to reforming Hole with new members. A supporting tour came in '10, prior to the release of "Nobody's Daughter."
Love was in and out of the news, but managed a truce with the Nirvana survivors, Dave Grohl and Krist Novoselic. However, that was the past, she was on to other things.
It shouldn't have come as a surprise to anyone that Love was cast in season seven of AMC's "Sons Of Anarchy" in a multi-episode arc. That she landed the role of Ms. Harrison, a preschool teacher whose student was Jax's (Charlie Hunman) oldest son Abel, raised some eyebrows.
Love's previous acting credits included '96's "The People vs. Larry Flynt," the Andy Kaufman biopic "Man On The Moon," and the Kiefer Sutherland drama "Beat."
Love's planned memoir, The Girl With The Most Cake, chronicling her life up to '06 - she claimed that everything that happened after that was "her own business" - came to an abrupt halt over a breach of contract lawsuit filed in '15 by her co-author, Anthony Bozza. He claimed he hadn't been paid the full minimum for delivering a finished manuscript - one that Love was tinkering with.
2004 America's Sweetheart
It's a terrible feeling to live in a place and know it's not home. Even worse, is not knowing where home is anymore. That's Love's life-dilemma through "America's Sweetheart." To quote another L.A. transplant, Jim Morrison, Love is trapped in a "prison of her own device." And Love seems to get that. The album opens with "Mono" which clearly shows she has her chops.
Credit must be given to the superb musicianship and production for providing Love what she needs to get across. Love wades in and delivers a humorous cradle-robbing mash note to The Strokes' singer in "But Julian, I'm A Bit Older." Maybe the May West approach is her ticket.
As might be expected "All The Drugs" is a little ragged and "I'll Do Anything" is over the top. "Give me one match so I can set myself on fire." But despite these lapses Love presents a solid collection of dark Hollywood/L.A. derived songs. She is not going to say everything is all right, because it's not.
Also see Hole and Nirvana.