Nirvana
MTV Unplugged in New York


5.0
classic

Review

by Kevin Jalmax USER (9 Reviews)
August 17th, 2010 | 64 replies


Release Date: 1994 | Tracklist

Review Summary: I hated Nirvana, but then I heard this.

I hated Nirvana. Granted, I will admit that I am prone to being instantly turned off to something the moment I see the ever illusive "hype-train" pass by; but that aside, the moment just about any Nirvana song would come on I'd cringe in utter disdain. What was it that made this band so alluring to so many people? I couldn't put my finger on it and just dismissed it as a simple case of over-rated delusion brought on by the publicity surrounding Kurt Cobain. Then, one night my good friend played for me "Where Did You Sleep Last Night?" and it all began to make much more sense. It's because its simple, archaic, and raw that they are so revered. They're a modern folk band; sticky, ugly, raw, and real. Like so many successful artists, time played a large part in Nirvana's success. It was about time that the public wasn't fed something that was neon-flavored and Ionian solo driven. The people wanted something real, and it's been said before but Nirvana was most certainly that. Now, they released a plethora of heralded albums, but MTV Unplugged in New York was far and away their most untouchable release. A lot of live albums have a certain cut and dry quality to them. Live performances become watered down to still be a user friendly release, which sort of defeats the purpose of it being a "live" album in the first place. Unplugged is the antithesis of that. It is a multi-sensory experience; you can see, hear, and practically taste the energy being pulsed through the little room in which Nirvana were performing. Each and every song is heartfelt, important, and downright haunting.

About half of the songs on this album are covers, and while that would be considered questionable to some, Cobain's translation of each and every one assures that there is absolutely no shame in it. He takes"The Man Who Sold The World" and changes it from a grandiose ballad that was released in 1970 by David Bowie to a maudlin woeful tune that invokes imagery and contempt. With a culmination of fuzzy guitar, Dave Grohl's crisp and punctual drumming, and the swelling instrumentation throughout, the song becomes chilling and hard to shake. It's far too often that an artist will decide to cover a song and essentially just replay what the original artist wrote, which makes it almost seem like the musician covering it is simply running out of ideas. However, each cover here has been recycled through Cobain's mind and turned into something entirely different and remarkably kick-ass.

The originals are pretty much the same as the tracks on recording, except with utterly choice orchestration behind them. For instance "Dumb" has an incredibly depressing cello playing behind the ironic "think I'm just happy..." chorus which adds a clever twist of irony. It's these idiosyncrasies that make this album as classic as it is. The set-list was written out with such a wonderful shape in mind, it plays out like the best movie you've ever seen. Starting with the introductory Nirvana classic "About a Girl" with the heavy reliance on A and G that Kurt loved ever so much, carried throughout with the tension building classics "Pennyroyal Tea" and "Plateau", and finishing with the goose-bump invoking "Where Did You Sleep Last Night?" This album is undoubtedly a classic, and the listener can tell that the band sort of knew it would be while they were performing it. There is so much heart in this album, that any fan of music at all, whether your fancy be Chicago blues or 80's punk rock, you will find something here that you can take away forever.



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burnafterbreeding
August 17th 2010


1466 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Yeah yeah yeah, another review for this. Suck it.

Apollo
August 17th 2010


10361 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

great review, great album, great avatar

BigHans
August 17th 2010


26454 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

NOTHING ON TOP BUT A BUCKET AND A MOP AND AN ILLUSTRATED BOOK ABOUT BIRDS

Counterfeit
August 17th 2010


17819 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

album rules.

BigHans
August 17th 2010


26454 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

OH, and good review

Maniac!
August 17th 2010


26256 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

5 or gtfo

MUNGOLOID
August 17th 2010


4350 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

indeed.

KILL
August 17th 2010


72086 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

summary is no

Digging: Steve Hackett - Out of the Tunnel's Mouth

eternium
August 17th 2010


16338 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

5 or gtfo [2]

KILL
August 17th 2010


72086 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

no

eternium
August 17th 2010


16338 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Fine.

TITS OR GTFO.

Greggers
August 17th 2010


2375 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Fantastic album, great review



fr33convict
August 17th 2010


11697 Comments


4.5

Maniac!
August 17th 2010


26256 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

lol eternium.

5 or gtfo [3]

ImpactCrater apparently does not know how to internet properly

fr33convict
August 17th 2010


11697 Comments


I liv in Amerika I gotz frea speche and shit n my opinions dis ain't a 5.

Maniac!
August 17th 2010


26256 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

move to china


force Nirvana 5 rating

Dryden
August 17th 2010


13120 Comments


o k




Maniac!
August 17th 2010


26256 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Dryden, 5 this for me and I will mutilate Counterfeit

burnafterbreeding
August 17th 2010


1466 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Why'd this get negged?

Maniac!
August 17th 2010


26256 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

because the review sucks ass











jk idk



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