Nirvana
Nevermind


2.0
poor

Review

by Ian USER (107 Reviews)
January 29th, 2006 | 136 replies


Release Date: 1991 | Tracklist


In 1991, the whole music industry had at the time, been in a slump, hair metal was quickly dying out. It seemed as if not one band was really trying to write anything spectacular to save the entire scene. Enter Nirvana, a grunge rock band from Aberdeen, Washington, who exploded into the mainstream with the redhot album, Nevermind. Every magazine that wrote music reviews praised this highly, but despite high praise from so many abundant sources, many fail to really bisect the musical quality of Nevermind, instead they base their opinion on either the historic relevance of the album, or that it was something entirely new. Without a doubt, it did pull the music industry out of a major crisis, but the fact that many songs on here are filler is something constantly overlooked by the general public, even more so by the press. The entire portion of guitar riffs on the album is chunky, simple, and overly repetitive. At some points a person could feel as if they have been listening to rehashes of two or three good songs for the last forty-two minutes.

Not to say there isnít anything that sticks out. The song Breed, is obviously a great song upon first listen. When fast guitar riffing, and a fast, building snare beat open the song, followed by a fun bass groove that lasts the whole time, a person can tell this will be a standout for the album, even though itís only the fourth track into the album. It is a shame Kurtís voice is the most annoying on this song for the whole album. The sad fact is, with Kurtís nasal voice providing irritating vocals that are accompanied by simple, chunky guitar riffs, this album canít be enjoyable. He fails to ever really differentiate his voice from song to song. There are only a couple standouts for him; the grainy texture of his voice is bothersome on almost every single song. Drain You is a fairly straightforward song like the rest of the album, but the infectious chorus will earn it repeated listens by the listener. Then of course Smells Like Teen Spirit has enjoyable vocals The lyrics arenít the best, but itís one liners such as ďWith the lights out, itís less dangerous", and ďI found it hard, it's hard to find. Oh well, whatever, nevermind" that make the song memorable. In fact, thatís actually how it is for the whole album, the lyrics arenít great, but the numerous one liners are great.


ďAnd I swear I donít have a gun. No I donít have a gun."-Come As You Are
ďWe can have some more; nature is a whore. Bruises on the fruit; tender age in bloom."-In Bloom
ďNever met a wise man, if so it's a woman."-Territorial Pissings
ďIt is now my duty to completely drain you."-Drain You
ď I'm so ugly, but that's okay, 'cause so are you."-Lithium

Krist Novoselic is a fairly decent bassist. His lines arenít complicated, but they work in well with the guitar, and drums. Listen to In Bloom, and you will hear some nice groovy lines laid out. Itís an infamous song that features a great performance from Kurt both on his guitar, and his voice. The simple riffing of that song is a hook in itself, something that doesnít come easily on the record. Drummer Dave Grohl, more or less know known as front man in Foo Fighters, along with his relations to Queens of the Stone Age, and Probot, shows he knows how to handle himself behind the kit with fairly nice fills here, and there, along with simple drum beats on many songs that help to back up the bass, and guitar too. Thatís the problem though; his performance doesnít really show any true talent. They fail to truly impress.

Nevermind isnít what it is said to be. For the most part, the music is uninspired, simple, and rather boring. Itís a love-hate album; some people will dig it up, but just as many people wonít. Some songs will hold your attention, but it gets so repetitive, that itís not very useful for repeated listens. Smells Like Teen Spirit, In Bloom, Come As You Are, and are all good songs, but nothing besides Breed really succeeds in bettering those four. Itís a poor album, with mostly average, or poor songs, with a few good ones.



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pulseczar
January 29th 2006


2385 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Way to steal my idea of reviewing this album and giving this a 2.5.

Zebra
Moderator
January 29th 2006


2647 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

Decent review. I thought it was well written but Cobains vocals aren't as bad as you said they were.
This is not a good album. Like you said nothing really stands out and the whole album is simple riffing. 'In Utero' is Nirvanas best moment.

tom79
January 29th 2006


3372 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

another Nevermind review, good review anyway

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Iai
Emeritus
January 29th 2006


3553 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5 | Sound Off

Nice review.

I still stand by this as one of the worst albums I've ever heard.

Storm In A Teacup
January 29th 2006


12781 Comments

Album Rating: 1.0

Thanks, all.

I really hate the album, but I didn't let my opinion get in the way of the actual review.

Edit: Ooops, forgot to add this,

Bush>NirvanaThis Message Edited On 01.29.06

El_Goodo
January 29th 2006


1008 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

If this album wasn't loved by all the critics, and the MTV Generation, everyone would be talking about how great of an album it is.

And what do you mean most of the album is filler? Maybe three songs are filler (Lounge Act, On A Plain, and Territorial Pissings).

And without Nirvana, there would be no Bush!

Diabulus in musica
January 29th 2006


485 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

nice review....altough i hate nirvana, i like the song come as you are

Thor
January 29th 2006


10192 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Good review, but the last thing sputnik needs is another Nevermind review.

stephankirstein
January 29th 2006


20 Comments


kripes=pwned

but im by no means a fan of nirvana

black guy
January 29th 2006


47 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

i don't care about how much hype the album gets and how you thinks it's unjust, talk more about the actual songs.

Morvit
January 29th 2006


71 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

this album is way too overhyped

FunkyMunky
January 29th 2006


43 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

wow you guys dont like nirvana lol

Zappa
January 29th 2006


355 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I like this.

Jawaharal
January 29th 2006


1832 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

wow you guys dont like nirvana lol

dude I know lol

I can dig this album sometimes. Smells Like.... is good for its nostalgic value and brings me back to those good ol 90's.


Diabulus in musica
January 29th 2006


485 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

that has to be the most overrated and the most played song in the history of music

Priestmetal
January 29th 2006


542 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

I personally think Nirvana is pretty bad. But this is still better than In Utero and I'll assume this is their best album.

Pretty good review. You get my vote.

Iai
Emeritus
January 29th 2006


3553 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5 | Sound Off

I think In Utero's awesome, actually. It's not Nirvana I hate; just this album.

ocelot-05
January 29th 2006


807 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Incesticide>Nevermind>In Utero

Nice review Kripes.

Rudd13
January 29th 2006


952 Comments


This was pretty good writing. I'm not a fan of the album but In Bloom sure is a great song.

Scott Herren
January 29th 2006


192 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

This is a great album. It is a shame it is overrated so much that people need to claim it as the worst album they have ever heard and give it 0.5/5 just to get a point across.



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