1) About a Girl
2) Come as You Are
3) Jesus Doesn't Want Me for a Sunbeam
4) The Man Who Sold the World
5) Pennyroyal Tea
8) On a Plain
9) Something in the Way
11) Oh Me
12) Lake of Fire
13) All Apologies
14) Where Did You Sleep Last Night
If you worship Kurt Cobain, don't even bother reading this review. There were lots of good things about his music, but plenty of bad as well. Both the songwriting and performances are mixed bags, resulting in this, a mixed review.
The many covers on the album boost its rating. Nirvana only had so many songs that could work without electric instruments, so they included lots of covers in this set, lots of songs by better songwriters than Cobain. Their rendition of Bowie's "The Man Who Sold the World" may be my favorite track on the album.
As much as I talk about Nirvana's shortcomings as a band, such imperfections were part of their appeal. Cobain was a bad guitarist and a bad singer who wrote sometimes nonsensical songs. Nevertheless, the public embraced the new style of music played by the band, that of unpolished artistic expression.
I'm a musician. To me, everything has to be polished and perfect. When I hear "About a Girl" and "All Apologies", I can't help but think how great these awesome songs would sound in the hands of better musicians than Cobain.
Thus, I can only handle Nirvana in small doses. Grunge was the perfect relief from the glossy metal that dominated music before Cobain came along. But, like me, the world couldn't take too much of it. And that's why grunge died with Cobain.
***1/4 out of five