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Hole - Celebrity Skin

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Reviewer:
Kaj Roth Format: Album
Year: 1998
Label: Geffen Records
Genre: Alternative Rock
Producer: Michael Beinhorn
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I never really cared that much about Hole when they were popular in the 90´s but since I really liked former Hole bassist Melissa Auf Der Maur´s 2004 solo album, I thought I should work my way back starting with Hole´s 3rd and last album "Celebrity skin".
The band mostly was known for their charismatic front person Courtney Love, but she didn´t write all the music herself - she´s got a lot of help from guitarist Eric Erlandson as well as Auf Der Maur.
They sold 8 million albums between 1989-2002, "Celebrity skin" featured a new sound for the band where they left the punk rock sound of their first 2 albums and went more alternative pop/rock on this album in 1998.

Billy Corgan of The Smashing Pumpkins co-wrote 5 songs on "Celebrity skin", Jordon Zodorozny of Blinker The Star also helped out on the songwriting part but Love wrote all the lyrics.
When I listen to this 10 year old album now I just cannot get into my head that I didn´t like ´em more back then, this is a great guitar driven rock album that features the smash "Malibu" that received a Grammy nomination.
Drummer Patty Schemel didn´t play on the album although she´s on the album sleeve, session drummer Samantha Maloney was hired to track drums but she isn´t credited.
Other great songs worth mentioning are "Boys on the radio", "Celebrity skin" and "Hit so hard".
Excellent album!

Tracklisting 1. Celebrity Skin
2. Awful
3. Hit So Hard
4. Malibu
5. Reasons To Be Beautiful
6. Dying
7. Use Once & Destroy
8. Northern Star
9. Boys On The Radio
10. Heaven Tonight
11. Playing Your Song
12. Petals


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