Monday, July 31, 2017
I am fascinated by cover versions. (This is no surprise to regular readers over the years.)
Picking great songs, and then doing them to death, is the mark of a really talented band. I find this to be a particularly successful cover.
Nirvana were also an underrated band, in their way. They were hyped mercilessly, and misunderstood, and praised to the high heavens, and critically soft-pedaled all at the same time. What is largely overlooked is that they were very talented musicians, all three of them, and that they really understood the material and what they were doing with it. They were the masters of conveying the musical idea in any piece that they played. Tensions, resolutions, emotional content, all very sensitively handled at high volume with maximum attack. That's not easy.
And they knew a great song when they heard it. This is a lovely tribute to the original, and they knock it out of the park.