SHORT TAKE: Nirvana
Dec 10, 1994
Nirvana, MTV Unplugged In New York (Geffen): Recorded five months before the suicide of Kurt Cobain, this now seems filled with portents. The songs (covers especially) contemplate mortality; the bunches of flowers that decorate the stage appear funereal. Although Cobain sounds fragile, his songs – stripped of their electric fire – remain strong. But this is a shockingly weary shadow of the power trio that made the uplifting Nevermind just over two years earlier.