Nirvana
Incesticide


2.5
average

Review

by rasputin USER (196 Reviews)
December 1st, 2007 | 132 replies | 22,854 views


Release Date: 1992 | Tracklist

Review Summary: An over-hyped, over-rated and average compilation album. I honestly don't see why anybody gives this so much attention.

3 of 4 thought this review was well written

First off, I’ll state that I think Nirvana get a lot of undeserved attention. I enjoyed Nevermind; it is a good album even though it is severely overrated. In Utero I liked even more, it had a raw yet polished sound which sat very well with me. Bleach was okay, it gave a glimpse of where the sound Nirvana would eventually have came from. Incesticide however, I thought was not so great, and that the hype it has created to be a joke. So many people praise it for being ‘the real Nirvana’, or the Nirvana that stayed away from commercialism, but I ask you, is that enough to say it’s a good album? I think it isn’t.

I can sum up the entire album in this one sentence: for every good song, there is a very mediocre song. There are some great songs on the album, like Aneurysm, Sliver and Beeswax. Then there are some ones which I found to be incredibly average and boring, like Stain, Big Long Now, (New Wave) Polly and Turnaround. I’ll point out to people who didn’t already know: this album contains songs that are either on other albums, covers of The Vaselines, or songs that didn’t make it into any of the albums. That doesn’t sound like a good prospect for an album. At the most, I’d say it’s only good for those die-hard Nirvana fans that need to listen to every song, every recording, and every thing Cobain touched. I personally had my fun with the several good songs on the album and then let it live out the rest of its days in my CD cabinet.

Production-wise, this is the poorest Nirvana album. A lot of replies to that are that being grunge, this album needs to be under-produced. I strongly disagree. An example is the Screaming Trees. One of the most underrated grunge bands, their music sounded great, rather than sludgy. Another issue with Incesticide is that the production is different on some of the songs. I know that it’s a result of there being separate recordings (from different places and by different people), but for me it stopped it from being one cohesive album.

However, the typical Nirvana formula is here to excite the fans. Simple drumming, simple bass, and guitars that have the overdrive knob turned to max. I personally really enjoyed Beeswax, it reminded me very much of Paper Cuts from Bleach. It has that sort of insane, demented ferocity that I like most about Nirvana. Cobain’s knack for writing catchy choruses is as good as ever, and these are apparent on songs like Sliver and Aneurysm. I didn’t like the remixed version of Polly. The strength of the original was in its somber melody, so speeding it up just made it bad. The Vaseline covers aren’t anything special either, I’d much prefer to listen to the originals.

On the whole, this album is pretty average. This isn’t because of Cobain’s musicianship, the production, or anything like that. It’s because this album was not meant to be a proper album, yet garners as much attention as one. As a compilation album it does its job, but if I’m ever in the mood to listen to Nirvana, I’ll put on Nevermind or In Utero, not Incesticide. The few good songs on the CD and the interesting artwork make this a 2.5, other than that I would have given it a 2.

Recommended Tracks:
Aneurysm
Beeswax
Sliver
Dive



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rasputin
December 1st 2007



14520 Comments


I know there are a heap of reviews for this, but none of them were negative so I thought I'd even out the review spectrum. Please don't vote neg just because you disagree, vote on the review itself.

Willie
Moderator
December 1st 2007



15894 Comments

Album Rating: 3.3

It is a good review, but I disagree with it. This album and Bleach are the only ones I do like from Nirvana.

Edit: First part deleted because it does no good if you delete it from the review and I still have it quoted here for everyone to see ;)This Message Edited On 12.01.07

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rasputin
December 1st 2007



14520 Comments


ok, thanks for the warning, I'll edit it now =)
I suppose this is more like Bleach than any of the others, but I still think it's very over-rated.

Willie
Moderator
December 1st 2007



15894 Comments

Album Rating: 3.3

Well, I would agree that this album and Nirvana in general are very overrated. The Pixies were the band that should have got all the exposure in my opinion.This Message Edited On 12.01.07

rasputin
December 1st 2007



14520 Comments


yeah, I like the Pixies more than Nirvana.

cometuesday
December 1st 2007



959 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I totally see where you're coming from, I don't think I would rate this as high as I did if it weren't for like most (if not all) of my favorite Nirvana songs being on it. Def giving you a pos' though because you went straight for your point and didn't deviate from it.

Confessed2005
December 1st 2007



3314 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I like this album, but I'd say your review was good and you backed yourself up.

rasputin
December 1st 2007



14520 Comments


cheers guys. I didn't want to sound like I was bashing the album, while still being critical.

thanks for that willie This Message Edited On 12.01.07

DWittisarockstar
December 1st 2007



1501 Comments


I wish you would review more stuff that I'm interested in, because your reviews are always really good.

rasputin
December 1st 2007



14520 Comments


thanks mate, I really appreciate it. You've inflated my ego tenfold now :P
I try to be as diverse as possible, hopefully some of my next reviews appeal to you. However, I'm a big metalhead so most of my reviews tend to fall into that category.This Message Edited On 12.01.07

Two-Headed Boy
December 1st 2007



4527 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

This just flat out sucks. But good review.

Electric City
Staff Reviewer
December 1st 2007



15727 Comments


Aneurysm's pretty good though.

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MrKite
December 1st 2007



5020 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Aero Zeppelin is the best on here.

McP3000
December 1st 2007



3941 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

There are a few gems among a bunch of crappy to average songs.

Hence my rating

rasputin
December 1st 2007



14520 Comments


my thoughts exactly McP3000

loveastbury
December 2nd 2007



9 Comments


"At the most, I’d say it’s only good for those die-hard Nirvana fans that need to listen to every song, every recording, and every thing Cobain touched."

ReturnToRock
December 4th 2007



3448 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

hell...no.

rasputin
December 4th 2007



14520 Comments


oh yeah, you'd better believe it.

SHOOTME
May 29th 2008



2393 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

You're my hero rasputin!

BroRape
May 29th 2008



803 Comments


the only thing that appeals to me about nirvana is the songwriting.



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