Montage of Heck: The Home Recordings

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Montage of Heck: The Home Recordings
Montage of Heck The Home Recordings (Deluxe).jpg
Soundtrack album by Kurt Cobain
Released November 13, 2015 (2015-11-13)
Recorded 1987-1994
Genre
Length 33:41 (71:05 on deluxe edition)
Label Universal Music
Deluxe edition
Deluxe edition
Singles from Montage of Heck: The Home Recordings
  1. "And I Love Her" / "Sappy"
    Released: November 2015[2]

Montage of Heck: The Home Recordings is a compilation of home recordings by Kurt Cobain that were used as the soundtrack to the film Kurt Cobain: Montage of Heck, released posthumously on November 13, 2015 by Universal Music.[3] The album was released as a standard 13-track CD, a 31-track deluxe album, and an audio cassette.[3] The 13-track standard version focuses on the music found on Cobain's personal cassettes and the 31-track deluxe version showcases tracks from the documentary including spoken word, demos and full songs.[3]

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
SourceRating
Metacritic56/100[4]
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic1/5 stars[5]
Entertainment WeeklyA[6]
The Guardian2/5 stars[7]
Pitchfork4.0/10[8]
Rolling Stone4/5 stars[9]
Spin4/10[10]
Tiny Mix Tapes4/5 stars[1]

Montage of Heck: The Home Recordings was met with mostly mixed reviews.[4] At Metacritic, which assigns a normalized rating out of 100 to reviews from critics, the album received an average score of 56, which indicates "mixed or average reviews", based on 18 reviews.[4] AllMusic senior critic Stephen Thomas Erlewine panned the album, stating: "While that's interesting for a while, at a certain point -- and it arrives rather quickly -- the fascination curdles and it's hard not to feel unclean, as if you're snooping through your beloved brother's desk."[5] Alexis Petridis from The Guardian criticized the release, saying "In 21 years, the posthumous Nirvana industry has gone from releasing the band’s astonishing MTV Unplugged in New York performance to literally putting out recordings of Kurt Cobain making farting noises."[7] Further, Jayson Green of Pitchfork pointed out that "The Home Recordings marks the point where that exploitation enters the absurd."[8]

Nevertheless, Kyle Anderson of Entertainment Weekly praised the album, considering it as "a cultural artifact that provides an inside look at the creative process of an enigmatic genius."[6] Tiny Mix Tapes critic Joe Hemmerling wrote: "There is pleasure to be found here, particularly in Cobain’s left-field excursions into Burroughs-ian collage, but these pleasures will hold scant value to anyone not already convinced of the author’s peculiar genius."[1]

Track listings[edit]

All songs written by Kurt Cobain except where noted.

Standard edition[edit]

  1. "The Yodel Song" – 3:37
  2. "Been a Son" (demo) – 1:21
  3. "The Happy Guitar" – 2:12
  4. "Clean Up Before She Comes" (demo) – 2:35
  5. "Reverb Experiment" – 2:52
  6. "You Can't Change Me / Burn My Britches / Something in the Way" (demo) – 4:19
  7. "Scoff" (demo) – 0:37
  8. "Desire" – 2:27
  9. "And I Love Her" – 2:05 (Lennon–McCartney)
  10. "Sappy" (demo) – 2:30
  11. "Letters to Frances" – 2:05
  12. "Frances Farmer Will Have Her Revenge on Seattle" (demo) – 4:24
  13. "She Only Lies" – 2:47

Deluxe edition[edit]

  1. "The Yodel Song" – 3:37
  2. "Been a Son" (demo) – 1:21
  3. "What More Can I Say" – 3:09
  4. "1988 Capitol Lake Jam Commercial" – 1:27
  5. "The Happy Guitar" – 2:12
  6. "Montage of Kurt" – 2:12
  7. "Beans" – 1:22
  8. "Burn the Rain" – 1:17
  9. "Clean Up Before She Comes" (demo) – 2:35
  10. "Reverb Experiment" – 2:52
  11. "Montage of Kurt II" – 1:09
  12. "Rehash" – 2:35
  13. "You Can't Change Me / Burn My Britches / Something in the Way" (demo) – 4:19
  14. "Scoff" (demo) – 0:37
  15. "Aberdeen" – 4:19
  16. "Bright Smile" – 1:56
  17. "Underground Celebritism" – 0:29
  18. "Retreat" – 2:13
  19. "Desire" – 2:27
  20. "And I Love Her" – 2:05 (Lennon–McCartney)
  21. "Sea Monkeys" – 0:55
  22. "Sappy" (demo) – 2:30
  23. "Letters to Frances" – 2:05
  24. "Scream" – 0:32
  25. "Frances Farmer Will Have Her Revenge on Seattle" (demo) – 4:24
  26. "Kurt Ambiance" – 0:26
  27. "She Only Lies" – 2:47
  28. "Kurt Audio Collage" – 0:25
  29. "Poison's Gone" – 2:12
  30. "Rhesus Monkey" – 0:44
  31. "Do Re Mi (Medley)" – 10:11

Super Deluxe Edition Box Set[edit]

A Super Deluxe Edition Box Set was also released containing the Kurt Cobain: Montage of Heck documentary film on both DVD and Blu-ray along with the Montage of Heck: The Home Recordings on CD and on audio cassette (31-track deluxe album versions). It also contained the 160 page version companion hard bound book with more interviews and photos, a 12"x12" double-sided puzzle in its own tin, an 18"x24" double-sided movie poster, collectable 5"x7" double-sided postcards, and a bookmark.[11]

Charts[edit]

Chart (2015) Peak
position
Australian Albums (ARIA)[12] 75
Belgian Albums (Ultratop Flanders)[13] 42
Belgian Albums (Ultratop Wallonia)[14] 78
Dutch Albums (MegaCharts)[15] 51
French Albums (SNEP)[16] 65
Irish Albums (IRMA)[17] 46
Italian Albums (FIMI)[18] 47
Spanish Albums (PROMUSICAE)[19] 94
Swiss Albums (Schweizer Hitparade)[20] 47
UK Albums (OCC)[21] 51
UK Soundtrack Albums (OCC)[22] 1
US Billboard 200[23] 121
US Soundtrack Albums (Billboard)[24] 1

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Hemmerling, Joe. "Kurt Cobain - Montage of Heck: The Home Recordings". Tiny Mix Tapes. Retrieved 20 March 2016. 
  2. ^ Kurt Cobain Seven-Inch Featuring Beatles Cover Will Come Out This November spin.com. Retrieved October 7, 2015.
  3. ^ a b c Kurt Cobain album 'Montage of Heck: The Home Recordings' given official release date nme.com. Retrieved October 10, 2015.
  4. ^ a b c "Montage Of Heck: The Home Recordings by Kurt Cobain". Metacritic. Retrieved 20 March 2016. 
  5. ^ a b Erlewine, Stephen Thomas (2015-11-13). "Montage of Heck: The Home Recordings". AllMusic. Retrieved 2015-11-17. 
  6. ^ a b Anderson, Kyle (November 12, 2015). "Montage Of Heck: The Home Recordings by Kurt Cobain: EW review". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved March 20, 2016. 
  7. ^ a b Alexis Petridis (2015-11-12). "Kurt Cobain: Montage of Heck, The Home Recordings review – truly slim pickings, even for superfans | Music". The Guardian. Retrieved 2015-11-12. 
  8. ^ a b Jayson Greene (2015-11-12). "Kurt Cobain: Montage of Heck, The Home Recordings". Pitchfork Media. Retrieved 2015-11-13. 
  9. ^ Jon Dolan (2015-11-13). "Kurt Cobain: Montage of Heck, The Home Recordings". Rolling Stone. Retrieved 2015-11-14. 
  10. ^ Dan Weiss (2015-11-13). "Review: 'Montage of Heck: The Home Recordings' Is a Reminder That Kurt Cobain Is Dead". Spin. Retrieved 2015-11-17. 
  11. ^ "Montage of Heck - Super Deluxe Version - CD+DVD Box Set". uDiscoverMusic Shop. Retrieved 2017-02-12. 
  12. ^ Ryan, Gavin (November 21, 2015). "ARIA Albums: Justin Bieber Beats One Direction to No 1". Noise11. Retrieved November 21, 2015. 
  13. ^ "Ultratop.be – Kurt Cobain – Montage of Heck - The Home Recordings" (in Dutch). Hung Medien. Retrieved November 21, 2015.
  14. ^ "Ultratop.be – Kurt Cobain – Montage of Heck - The Home Recordings" (in French). Hung Medien. Retrieved November 21, 2015.
  15. ^ "Dutchcharts.nl – Kurt Cobain – Montage of Heck - The Home Recordings" (in Dutch). Hung Medien. Retrieved November 21, 2015.
  16. ^ "Lescharts.com – Kurt Cobain – Montage of Heck - The Home Recordings". Hung Medien. Retrieved November 22, 2015.
  17. ^ "GFK Chart-Track Albums: Week 47, 2015". Chart-Track. IRMA. Retrieved November 21, 2015.
  18. ^ "Italiancharts.com – Kurt Cobain – Montage of Heck - The Home Recordings". Hung Medien. Retrieved November 21, 2015.
  19. ^ "Spanishcharts.com – Kurt Cobain – Montage of Heck - The Home Recordings". Hung Medien. Retrieved December 2, 2015.
  20. ^ "Swisscharts.com – Kurt Cobain – Montage of Heck - The Home Recordings". Hung Medien. Retrieved November 25, 2015.
  21. ^ "Kurt Cobain | Artist | Official Charts". UK Albums Chart. Retrieved November 21, 2015.
  22. ^ Official Soundtrack Albums Chart Top 50 - 20 November 2015 - 26 November 2015. officialcharts.com. Retrieved November 20, 2015.
  23. ^ "Music - Top 200 Albums - Billboard 200". Billboard. Retrieved November 24, 2015. 
  24. ^ Soundtracks Billboard - December 5, 2015 billboard.com. Retrieved November 25, 2015.

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