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  • Summary: This three-disc box set contains more than 50 previously unreleased recordings by the legendary Seattle band, including demos, live tracks, and alternate versions. Also included is an extensive bonus DVD filled with live performances.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 20 out of 26
  2. Negative: 0 out of 26
  1. 100
    Mostly great. [Jan 2005, p.96]
  2. One of the band’s finest releases and arguably the most comprehensive statement to date on just where the musicians were coming from, the roads they took to get where they ended up, and even possibly where they were headed.
  3. It's a collection of odds and ends, yet the music can be cathartic and it can be achingly intimate. [29 Nov 2004]
  4. 80
    With 81 chronologically ordered tracks... With the Lights Out can be a slog. But for Nirvana fans, it's also a necessary rite. [Jan/Feb 2005, p.119]
  5. Manages, despite an excess of throwaway material, to be an appropriately eccentric testament to Cobain’s talent.
  6. Those hoping for a trove of overlooked gems will be disappointed, as too much of With the Lights Out sounds like nothing so much as a dull-edged instrument lifting flakes of material from the bottom of a barrel. Simply put, there's enough good stuff here for a solid single disc.
  7. This collection is the antithesis of anything Kurt Cobain would have authorized, right down to the shiny metal packaging.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 35 out of 45
  2. Negative: 7 out of 45
  1. Jul 29, 2011
    Basically just Nirvana fanservice. A lot of these tracks were unreleased for obvious reasons. There are still quite a few gems among them, and you'll be getting a lot of bang for your buck, even though most songs and the DVD have a very unfinished quality to them. It's worth getting if you like the band, even if it's as a collector's item. Expand

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