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MTV Unplugged in New York: Nirvana

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

i miss kurt ...

miss Kurt...

Never again

MTV will never again have such a historically performance such as Nirvana did. MTV has changed quite a bit over the years, and it hasn' t been for the better.

Last Performace, Best Performance

When Nirvana played the Unplugged set, it was truely amazing...they didnt play their hits, which is a good thing because we all got to see a different side to Nirvana, they had guest appearances by The Meat Puppets and played with them for a bit...a lot of meaning is in this album. Enjoy!

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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