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.
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.