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Come as You Are

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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