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Album Review

Sadly, MTV Unplugged stands as Nirvana's last album. While it's an album of covers and old songs, it ranks as one of the band's most cohesive records. Instead of relying on the trio's overpowering sonic force, Unplugged concentrates on Kurt Cobain's subtly shaded songwriting and Nirvana's deceptively simple musical power. Every version of their previously recorded songs, with the possible exception of "On a Plain," dramatically improves the original, and the covers reveal more about Cobain than he intended. By the time Nirvana close with a wrenching, spine-chilling version of Leadbelly's "Where Did You Sleep Last Night," the emotional complexity of Nirvana's music is clear. It's also clear that they could have made even greater music.

Customer Reviews

one of the most underrated albums of the 90's

like the title says, and more. Dave, Krist and Kurt's chilling performance is the beautiful outer to the grunge rage that was Nevermind. This album is so vunerable, it could pass for another studio album. As with most "unplugged" albums, the accustic shines through and creates a whole new dimention to the group. Highlights include the meat puppet covers, on a plain, and the cover of David Bowie's The Man who sold the world. This is not just another live album, this is something else.

Its like Nirvana were born to play acoustic

If you thought there was no way a grunge band could play and acoustic set, then you would be horribly wrong. Somehow, Nirvana found a way to turn their heavy sound into something a lot softer but just as good. Including a few covers like 'Jesus Doesn't Want Me For A Sunbeam' or 'Lake of Fire' as well as some great adaptations into acousic of their own songs too, this album makes for a great mellow listen.

A Masterpiece

This performance showed the beauty underneath the grunge of many of Nirvana's songs and the emotion that Kurt's voice could deliver. It will remain a highlight of Nirvana's career as well as an infuriatingly teasing promise of what they could have become.


Formed: 1987 in Aberdeen, WA

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '80s, '90s

Prior to Nirvana, alternative music was consigned to specialty sections of record stores, and major labels considered it to be, at the very most, a tax write-off. After the band's second album, 1991's Nevermind, nothing was ever quite the same, for better and for worse. Nirvana popularized punk, post-punk, and indie rock, unintentionally bringing them into the American mainstream like no other band to date. While their sound was equal parts Black Sabbath (as learned by fellow Washington underground...
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