Influences And Recollections of a Musical Mind

Written By Braddon S. Williams

Hole: Celebrity Skin

Hole released what I feel was their best album in 1998, Celebrity Skin. I really liked their previous work, Live Through This, but Celebrity Skin just had better production and better songs in my opinion.

Courtney Love has her fair share of haters, and I can understand where a lot of that sentiment comes from, but I’m here to talk about music that influenced me and made my ears happy, and Celebrity Skin is just full of great stuff.

I like the unbridled emotions that Love conjures up with her voice. She never phones it in; whether it’s rage, passion, vulnerability, or any number of other human qualities, she brings it full force.

Eric Erlandson deserves a lot of credit, too. His guitar work shines in much the same way that Mike Campbell always did with Tom Petty…never showing off, but always making the material better by providing all the right nuances and textures in just the right places.

Some of the highlights for me included the amazing title track that kicked off the album, the single Malibu (which gets stuck in my head every time I hear it), Hit So Hard, Awful, Heaven Tonight, Reasons To Be Beautiful, Petals, and the absolutely incredible Northern Star (my personal all-time favorite Hole song).–E

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