Courtney Tries for Her Rock Comeback

02/09/2004 AT 10:36 AM EST

She most certainly is not "America's Sweetheart." But Courtney Love's infamous career faces another test this week with the release of her new solo album, all while she deals with controversies in court and in her personal life.

Originally scheduled for release last September, "America's Sweetheart" was delayed -- and so began a series of personal crises for Love, the Associated Press reports. She was caught breaking into an ex-boyfriend's home in Los Angeles, and though she was not charged with that crime, she did test positive for a controlled substance. She was subsequently charged with two felony counts of possession of a controlled substance. (A hearing in that case has been postponed until Wednesday.)

Following her admission of drug use, her daughter, Frances Bean, with late Nirvana musician Kurt Cobain, was removed from Love's custody and placed in the care of Cobain's mother, Wendy O'Connor, reports the New York Post.

Love has had an up-and-down career, both as a musician and as an actress. Following Cobain's suicide in 1994, Love's band Hole garnered success with the album "Live Through This." Love later went on to critical acclaim in the 1996 film "The People vs. Larry Flynt." She has also appeared in movies such as "200 Cigarettes," "Man on the Moon" and "Basquiat."

On the musical front, Hole released "Celebrity Skin" in 1998, but the band ultimately disbanded in 2002. This is Love's first musical effort since.

As for critical reaction to the new disc -- which includes songs cowritten by Pink and Christina Aguilera collaborator Linda Perry -- The New York Times concludes that it "is ultimately the fiercely honest stomp and screech of Ms. Love ... that makes this CD sing."

The paper then adds, "'America's Sweetheart' is good enough to renew the Courtney Love drama for at least another season."

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