Though the Kurt Cobain art-documentary About a Son has received a mixed reaction, it's hard to fault the excellent soundtrack. In a way, the soundtrack says way, way more about Cobain's tastes and style than anything else could. Cobain was a man who loved music, and this soundtrack reflects not only his diverse tastes, but also captures the young, burgeoning Seattle scene. In fact, the whole thing feels less like a compilation and more like a mix tape--and an excellent mix tape at that. Featuring many of the songs and bands Cobain often wrote about in his journals or talked about in his interviews, it's nice to finally put his musical love in context. Plus, it's nice to finally hear Half Japanese on the same record as David Bowie, and it's a scream to hear CCR and Mudhoney together as well. I kind of like the fact that there are sound clips of Cobain talking about his music and insipriations, too.I don't know if it's the mix tape Cobain would have made, but it is close enough, and it's a pleasure. If you already own all of these songs, man, then that means only one thing: you get it.
Listen To: The Vaselines "Son of a Gun"
About a Son is out now on Barsuk
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