Hole - Skinny Little Bitch - Singles - Reviews - Soundblab

Hole - Skinny Little Bitch

by Rich Morris Rating:4 Release Date:2010-04-13

Never one to shy away from controversy, Courtney Love has decided it's okay for her band to go under the name Hole despite lack of any other original members (most notably songwriting partner/co-founder Eric Erlandson). This is the first single from their new album, Nobody's Daughter.

As someone who scribbled Hole lyrics on her plimsolls at school, I really want them to revive the same passion evident in their 90s offerings, and the ability to write melodic hooks that don't just peter out and disappear into obscurity. 'Skinny Little Bitch' sounds 90s enough, but flounders in comparison with Hole at their astounding best.

Love is an extreme character, we all know that much. And her music is at its best when she is being extreme; either raucous and staggering around tearing her heart out, or soft and vulnerable, nursing her wounds. Skinny Little Bitch comes from neither of these places. It's a relatively shallow-sounding, if understandable, complaint about slim, young and dumb celebrities, with Love hollering: "I could kick your scrawny ass" in the direction of Paris Hilton and the like. The lyrics are not a high point.

Love is incomprehensible, wacky, egocentric and widely loved/hated. But forgettable and formulaic she is not. 'Skinny Little Bitch,' on the other hand, is a scuzzy yet polished guitar-driven ditty with everything in the right places and a side order of disposability. Despite the unmistakable Courtney drawl, this is not a Hole song to be treasured in years to come.

Alexis Somerville

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