Sunday, August 21, 2011

Come As You Are

I heard this song the other day and I stopped whatever the hell I was doing and said "My God."

Recently I had been thinking about how my appreciation of Nirvana increased after  I began to appreciate how Kurt Cobain combined gritty lyrics with a strong pop sensibility (with his insistence on melody driving all his songs) and flattening each song with his powerful growl (which often hid the fact that he had great range and vocal sensibility).

Now replace the growl with a soft saccharine voice, the rumbling bass and simplistic pounding drum with an (awesome) electropop beat and slowed down interpretation of the melody, and you get this beautiful song, which not only says a lot about Yuna as an artist but speaks to the power of Cobain as a songwriter and vocalist.

And when you hear this saccharine voice singing "No I don't have a gun," something inside you freezes.

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