Matt Diehl
October 17, 1997 AT 04:00 AM EDT

Come as You Are

type
Music
Current Status
In Season
performer
Laura Love
genre
Rock

We gave it a D

Tori Amos’ haunting cover of Nirvana’s ”Smells Like Teen Spirit” made Kurt Cobain’s repertoire safe for female singer-songwriters; Love single-handedly reverses that trend, dismembering ”Come” with quivering oversinging, a tenuous relationship to pitch and keeping time, and a shaky gimmick (she’s accompanied only by herself on bass! Wow!). That a shred of the song’s power remains is testament to Cobain’s artistry, not Love’s ham-fisted interpretation. D

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