I realize now that most of the posts where I am worried about the big refresh to the list were posted after the actual refresh happened at the end of November. Well, it is currently December 1st and this is my first post since the up and as such wanted to cover one of the albums that just entered. In fact, this is one of two albums from 1994 that entered the list and I am not entirely sure how… maybe there was a 25th anniversary evaluation at some point.
Anyway, Live Through This is one of two albums that entered the list that I have heard before and have yet to write anything about for the blog (unlike Melodrama and A Seat At The Table which had entries as part of my end of year posts). The other is Blonde by Frank Ocean which I listened to in its year of release but did not make my end of year Top 20 – so maybe a reevaluation will occur at some point.
Live Through This is one of those albums that I have listened to on and off for the last 10-15 years. I have distinct memories of listening to both this and Hole’s other big acclaimed album Celebrity Skin when I was on my way home from school. I always preferred Celebrity Skin over Live Through This because it was more on the power pop side, whereas the album I am covering for the list is very much grunge infused.
This lean towards power pop has lasted ever since, so whilst I still enjoy listening to Live Through This – I am thinking about how I would like to later listen to ‘Celebrity Skin’, ‘Hit So Hard’ and ‘Heaven Tonight’ from their follow up.
Then again, I think opening song ‘Violet’ might be the best that Hole ever sounded and where Hole sounds the most Hole – second to ‘Celebrity Skin’ which is just one of the great punk-influenced songs. On the other side of Live Through This you get the softer side of grunge in ‘Doll Parts’ and the mislabelled ‘Olympia’ closing the album out with a sneer.
Yes, there was no way that I wasn’t going to cover this as the first album since the list changed. Brings back memories and it reassures me that even 16 year old me had some punky vibes to him.