I love the 90's. Just imagining ripped, faded jeans and flannel immediately reminds me of the fascinating new musical culture that was emerging from the era; one of those new genres of music was the grunge scene. Though there may be some neighsayers out there who express differing opinions, I do personally believe that one of the leaders that brought on a musical transformation was Nirvana, led by the famous late Kurt Cobain.
With that said, however, I feel as though I am torn between my love for the band's music and their playability factors in Rock Band. In particular is their iconic song "Come As You Are".
The song first starts with its iconic guitar riff, with the background instruments more muted than the version of the song on the album. Cobain's vocals come in after a few bars of that riff, and almost right away one could plot out how the vocals chart will be acted out. The verses are composed of two different types of phrases, one being the "up-down" pitch ("Come As you are / as you were...") and the other being the more extended pitch ("...As I want you to be"). The second extended pitch leads into the chorus, which is a simple longer pitch ("Memoria"). This repeats for a second verse/chorus, but then takes a shift for a bridge ("...I don't have a gun"), which again repeats. The bridge and chorus interchange for the duration of the rest of the song (with a small break for a guitar solo).
Though the song itself is quite easy enough for the most beginner of vocalists to try without much worry, I do want to make a small observation. This watered-down version of the song has Cobain singing with a slight, almost Southern twang. What I mean is that the pitches seem to start shifted down for a split second, and then shifted up to the more familiar pitch. It is not much of a problem, but I state this because those who are more familiar with the album version must be slightly warned because of a few scattered differences.
Overall, though I really like this song (both the album and Unplugged versions), the overly simplistic vocals hamper down its potential fun factor, which explains the point I took off from the score. But if you are like me and like the song/band, you will find some fun in singing along to the now-renowned angst of Mr. Cobain.