Of all the tongue-in-cheek things Courtney Love has ever done, the most audacious might have been titling her 2004 solo album America’s Sweetheart. Even as a daughter of the irony-addled ’90s, Love is America’s sweetheart in only the kitschiest way, since the musician’s other job titles include provocateur, instigator, and lightning rod. The fact that she put out classic albums like Hole’s 1994 mopey masterpiece Live Through This and later scored Top 10 radio singles with “Celebrity Skin” and “Malibu” in the latter part of the decade seem almost as important as her reckless persona. But it’s in that meta-artistic realm where she might just be America’s sweetheart: an unpredictable, moving danger zone, staging occasionally shambolic, occasionally inspiring moments of performance art. So her return as a solo artist, after a short-lived Hole reunion, could be sweet indeed, depending on the day.
Wed., June 26, 8 p.m., 2013
This article from the Village Voice Archive was posted on June 19, 2013