Hear Courtney Love's New Song "Miss Narcissist"
Tue, 19 May 2015 13:22:48
It's raw and maniacal, like the singer herself
Courtney Love dropped an unexpected 7" release via Ghost Ramp/Crush Music, lead by the song "Miss Narcissist." The release also boasts the B-side "Killer Radio" which is exclusive to the 7" that will soon be released physically. That's Love's own hand-drawn cover art, as well.
She is a full-service grunge diva.
The song is a gnarly romp, fueled by Love's signature guitar snarl. It’s not nearly as edgy or accessible as her work at the apex of her fame in Hole in the 1990s, since the production values feel noticeably and purposely lessened in favor of blood rawness.
But the song does clamp down… hard. Love’s voice remains as hoarse and ravaged as ever in some parts, as if she just chain-smoked and drank shots for three hours straight, while harmonizing in others. She is still as pissed off as ever, ranting and raving maniacally and musically. As a result, we can’t look away or turn the volume down or the song off.
But we can promise that if you listen to the track two or three times or 10 times, the pre-chorus and the chorus will embed themselves in your brain. In fact, the last third of the song sounds like it could have been penned by her late husband Kurt Cobain. It has his sort of catchy chaos and it's her attempt at "Smells Like Teen Spirit." Does she succeed? Well, that claim is nearly impossible for anyone to make. But you, as a fan, can weigh and compare as you listen.
As always, you can’t help but wonder how much of the song is self-referential or autobiographical. Love has always been blessed with the gift of gab and of self-awareness.
That said, the '90s are always in and Courtney Love reminds us why she was the Peter Pan collar-wearing, smeared red lipstick queen of that era. Her music was as imperfect as her skin and her image, but she had a way with words. That same ethos applies two decades later.
When Courtney Love rages, we listen.
Now it's your turn to listen.
Who doesn't love a "Miss Narcissist?"