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- Posted on Apr 18th 2007 7:00PM by Steve Baltin
The official title of Courtney Love's forthcoming album, 'Nobody's Daughter,' is a perfect description of who she is today. "I think the title just says it all," Love explained to Spinner. "I'm not pouting. I'm not playing anything up. I don't have parents that I acknowledge. I'm nobody's daughter. I'm nobody's wife. I'm nobody's bitch. I'm nobody's daughter. I'm nobody's widow. I'm somebody's mother. Other than that, I don't identify with these other female roles I'm supposed to have."
While its influence may not be immediately apparent, 'Nobody's Daughter' is Love's version of Bob Dylan's 'Blood on the Tracks.' The seminal album had a profound effect on Love's songwriting. "At this age and this space in my life, in terms of 'Blood on the Tracks,' that's the trajectory I want to be at," Love says. "That's the maturity level I want this record to be at. I don't think you can hear a big influence, but that's all I listened to while making this record."
Along with Dylan, Love also credits both Linda Perry and a tumultuous period in her life for the album's stark, confessional nature. "I was just coming from a place where I was locked up in a nunnery via court order, and they weren't very friendly about me playing music, so I had to do it very quietly in this horrible garage with fluorescent lights," she says. "And I had a lot of shit to straighten out in my head, and relationship issues to deal with. So if you listen to the record, you can hear these issues in songs like 'Sunset Marquis' and 'Pacific Coast Highway.'"
Spinner caught up with Love on the final night of recording at Perry's Southern California studio. The 11-song collection showcases Love at her songwriting peak. Songs like the fierce 'Never Go Hungry Again' and the defiant 'Stand Up Mother F*****' find Love baring her lyrical soul. Right now, Love says her favorite song on the record is 'For Once in Your Life,' a track she describes as having a Fleetwood Mac feel. Others will gravitate to 'Never Go Hungry Again,' a very personal song for Love. "Nobody could get that song. I ended up having to play guitar on it, and I'm not the world's greatest guitar player. But nobody understood that song the way I understood that song."