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MTV Unplugged: Nirvana Unplugged In New York

Nirvana

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For those listeners who couldn't get past the sonic assault of Nirvana's grunge, this album made abundantly clear how brilliant a band they could be. In these sparer arrangements, Kurt Cobain's songwriting took center stage. And what brilliant songwriting it is. Stripped of its guitar attack, the nihilistic "On a Plain," becomes less guarded and more chilling, while "Come As You Are" gains the heart the original arrangement buried. The interplay of Cobain's guitar, Dave Grohl's subdued drumming, and Krist Novoselic's fragile bass lines, revealed musical communication the envy of any great jazz combo. But what makes this album so fearfully fascinating is what it revealed. Few albums are as naked and raw as this. Cobain's raspy voice uncovered layer upon layer of pain. Both on his own songs and well- chosen covers--including a version of David Bowie's "The Man Who Sold the World" that surpasses the original--Cobain exposed a tortured soul trying to find release in front of a crowd.

Customer Reviews

loss of a legend

those who think of kurt cobain as a useless druggy with no heart or talent couldnt be more wrong and this album shows this. every song is mesmirising, and the instrumental in 'come as you are' may be the same notes and rhythm but it shows just how much of a musical genius kurt was. i just hope he rocks up on a fluffy cloud in the sky as much as he did when he was alive on earth. r.i.p kurt p.s where is nirvanas first album 'bleach'??? that needs to be on itunes! and can you also seperate 60s nirvana from the 90's nirvana?

great album

this is the best nirvana album in my opinion. showing kurt as so much more than what people thought he was. it was the album that got me into acoustic music. i couldnt stop listening to this for weeks. fantastic fantastic album. a must have for anyone. so much raw passion and emotion.

MTV Unplugged

This is one of the most brilliant live perofrmances of any band that i have heard. Nirvana are one of the greatest bands that there were, if not the best. They were best known for their heavy grunge sound, which you don't find on this album. But saying that this album still is great. Even though there is no heavy loud songs like SLTS, it still is immense. Kurt, Chris and Dave do not disappoint on this album, with a collection of their greatest songs performed on an acoustic guitar. And their is an incredible cover of David Bowies The Man Who Sold The World. Any Nirvana fan, rock fan or a fan of live music should get this. 10/10. Top 6 1 - The Man Who Sold The World 2 - Come As You Are 3 - About A Girl 4 - All Apologies 5 - Pennyroyal Tea 6 - Something In The Way

Biography

Formed: 1987 in Aberdeen, WA

Genre: Rock

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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