MTV Unplugged in New York: Nirvana

May 6, 2015 5:17 PM

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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 ...

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