Various Artists

Piano Tribute to Nirvana's Nevermind

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One of the definitive documents of teen angst in the '90s, Nirvana's breakthrough album gets the tribute treatment on Piano Tribute to Nirvana's Nevermind. Substituting grunge for a more plaintive and refined piano arrangement, the album turns anthemic moshers like "Breed" and "Territorial Pissings" into subdued background music, stripping away the layers of guitars and monstrous drums until all that's left are the underlying pop harmonies that helped the band crossover from the underground to the mainstream. If nothing else, the album is an interesting exercise, showing how solid songwriting can transcend an arrangement and be affecting no matter the context.

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