Hole, ‘Nobody’s Daughter’ (Mercury)
With Courtney Love the only original member involved, Hole’s return is nominal, but Love’s resurrection is very real. From the slick, spiraling guitars of the title track and “Pacific Coast Highway,” it’s obvious that her collaborators — Billy Corgan, producer Michael Beinhorn — come from the frisky Celebrity Skin era, but references to “sour milk” and women who “wrap [their] legs around the world” capture some of Live Through This‘ seething imagery. It’s only when Love throws a pity party on a series of slow jams that sincerity eludes her. She made her bed. Now she’s gotta lie in it.