Pretty on the Inside is the debut studio album by American alternative rock band Hole, released on September 17, 1991 in the United States on Caroline Records. It was Hole's first major release after the band's formation in 1989, and features vocalist and rhythm guitarist Courtney Love, lead guitarist Eric Erlandson, bassist Jill Emery and drummer Caroline Rue.
Produced by Sonic Youth vocalist and bassist Kim Gordon and Gumball frontman Don Fleming, Pretty on the Inside was sonically influenced by noise rock and hardcore punk, featuring distorted and alternating guitar riffs, screaming vocals, and "sloppy punk ethics". Courtney Love's lyrics on the album are often narrative, graphic, and abstract, detailing issues of violence, self-identity, and womanhood. Pretty on the Inside was well-received by alternative music critics, garnering favorable reviews in Spin, NME, and The Village Voice, and, though only a moderate commercial success in the United States, received considerable commercial success in the United Kingdom, where the record's lead single, "Teenage Whore", entered the UK Indie Chart at number one in September 1991. The album was dedicated to Rob Ritter of the Los Angeles punk rock acts The Bags and The Gun Club.
Pretty on the Inside has sold over 200,000 copies in the United States and gained a contemporary cult following among punk rock fans, and has been cited as a seminal influence for songwriters and musicians Brody Dalle and Scout Niblett. Despite its critical acclaim, frontwoman Courtney Love has, in later years, referred to the album as "unlistenable". An LP version of the album was reissued in the United States in August 2011 to celebrate its twentieth anniversary.Continue reading at Wikipedia... Wikipedia content provided under the terms of the Creative Commons BY-SA license
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