14 Songs, 53 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

Kurt Cobain's songwriting took center stage here. 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.

EDITORS’ NOTES

Kurt Cobain's songwriting took center stage here. 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.

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Ratings and Reviews

4.9 out of 5
1.7K Ratings
1.7K Ratings

Unplugged in New York

Lognee

Masterpiece. Nirvanna at their best. It's an experience to hear them unplugged. I'll bet David Bowie loves their rendition of The Man Who Sold the World. If you don't have any Nirvanna, this is one to have.

A Great Low-Key Album

Bill Taylor

Normally you think of Nirvna as a loud grunge band that make your ears ring, but this album shows event the loudest bands can be soft. This is one of the few albums that I can listen all the way through without skipping songs. I like that the album is very raw and has not been touched up in a studio. You can hear the anguish and pain in Kurt's voice. The standout song on the album is "The Man Who Sold the World." It is great if you like low-key albums. If your a Nirvana fan, or a music fan you will love it.

A Soft Summary of a New Era

JonathanBraden

Who can forget the first time they listened to this album? Months removed from the actual performance; which was more an MTV visual odyssey, each song is simply heard in the live and often-acoustic element it was conceived in. This album was Nirvana at their best, playing what they wanted to play, not the hits, but the songs they enjoyed. Covers such as The Raincoats' "Jesus Don't Want Me For a Sunbeam" and Leadbelly's "Where Did You Sleep Last Night" were genuine indications that the band was doing what they wanted to and attempting to break free from the commercial commitments with DGC. A fine album, a true work of art.

About Nirvana

Even now, years after you first felt its edges, the chorus of “Smells Like Teen Spirit” still sounds too dangerous—too loud, too ugly, too upset—for any mainstream. And yet, Nirvana’s 1991 single didn’t just mark an unlikely breakthrough for the Seattle trio, it upended popular culture in ways we’ve haven’t seen since. Punk became pop, grunge became global vernacular, industry walls became rubble, and frontman Kurt Cobain became the reluctant voice of a generation in need of catharsis, all seemingly overnight. Though his 1994 suicide would see the band dissolve just as abruptly as they’d arrived, their story is now rock’n’roll parable and their influence still felt—as punks, icons, Hall of Famers, purveyors of haunting melody and often terrifying noise.

ORIGIN
Aberdeen, WA
FORMED
1987

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