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This review is from: Nirvana (Audio CD)
Nirvana are some what of an odd band, simultaneously lauded and lashed out at. Personally, I think the truth lies somewhere in the middle; commercially, they sold millions and they cannot be underestimated. Artistically, while I don't think they were quite as good as some may claim they are, a lot of Kurt Cobain's writing was witty, dark, funny and used discordant chord progressions that other people probably wouldn't be able to get away with.
As with any best-of, the tracklisting is dubious, and most fans would probably tack on or take out their favourite or least favourite song. But the truth is, this album sensibly balances between the band's three LPs, the astonishing Unplugged CD, and the new song, 'You Know You're Right.'
What a song it is. A three minute distillation of all that made Nirvana thrilling, it's an all but live recording that comes across like an adrenaline rush.
And of course, the rest of the disc is mostly timeless. The babysitting hell of 'Sliver'; the slow grunge of 'In Bloom'; the Killing Joke aping 'Come As You Are;' the deliciously dark 'Heart Shaped Box'.
In my opinion the two true shivers-down-spine moments on this disc are: firstly, the inclusion of 'About A Girl.' I think this is the best song Cobain ever wrote. A comparitively little known song next to their catalogue's ubiquity, they opened their Unplugged show with it and it's always been my favourite.
Secondly, the version of 'Where Did You Sleep Last Night' is truly chilling, his voice is so wracked, his performance so moving. It's truly proof of why he is idolised by so many, and yet also despised by the same number.
If you're interested in this band, but not enough to get all their albums, this is the compilation for you. If you only get one...