Yeah, Kurt was a sell-out, couldnít play guitar, and canít sing blah blah blah. Let me just say this before I get on to this, even though Kurt wasnít an amazing singer or guitarist, he was a decent songwriter and that is Nirvanaís high point. All the songs are catchy and fun to listen to, thatís why it appeals to every teenager out there. But still, this album is my favourite, taking a bit of shine from Nevermind and the rawness of In Utero; you can tell what this album is like. Itís not even a studio album, more of a b-sides collection and wow, what a collection. The album contains b-sides, BBC sessions, demo recordings, outtakes and things that was never before available. This is great album and is fun to listen to all the way through. You can really see where Nirvana came from with this album. Released a year after the phenomenal Nevermind, this album was very different from the lush production and fuzzy atmosphere that album had.
This is raw and strips down to Kurtís deepest feelings. I know about him not being a good guitarist or singer but he showed a lot of emotion in his performance and had great stage presence, I like the guy, he wrote great songs. Nothing legendary but just great songs from this album. Here we have Incesticide, a cracker of an album. It brings out a true grunge atmosphere with a bunch of highlights. A few tracks that intrigued me were Mollyís Lips
and Son of a Gun
which were Vaselines songs (my aunt knew that band, old Glasgow band from around here). These songs have great vocals from Kurt, not in that he actual sings but it fits the songs. Mollyís Lips
is a simple punk song with two chords throughout. Son of a Gun
is really catchy and I canít help but sing along with it when it comes on. Fans of Nevermind will also notice that Polly
is on here, but itís not the clean, slow song that was put on Nevermind, this version is fast and punk. I like this version better as the original Polly
is quite boring. This album is very raw with not much studio work has been put on them. Maybe on Kurtís vocals (he always expressed himself through his voice in concert, which means he shouts a lot of lyrics out and such) but I donít think the studio changed a lot of the album.
The album has quite a good opener, Dive
starts off with a smooth, groovy bass line and then proceeds into a slow, winding verse. The chorus consists of Kurt singing, ďDive, dive, dive in me!" I quite like the song but it does get stale after a while. Fans of Nirvana will probably have heard Sliver
even if they donít have the album. It is probably the most popular song off this. The song is very simple in structure (verse, chorus, verse, chorus) and isnít that difficult to learn. Overall, an effective song but it is slightly overrated. Stain
is quite the grunge song and is Kurtís cry of hating himself (which is shown in a lot of Nirvanaís songs). ďAnd he never bleeds and he never f*cks and he never leaves cause heís got bad luck" and lyrics like that infest the chorus. I really like this song and it smoothes out so well. It is one of my favourites on the album. Downer
could probably be seen as filler but golly, what filler! The verses are just bass playing and Kurt almost talking. The chorus is very punk like and quite catchy. This one is on Bleach but Iím not sure why itís on here. Oh well, just another chance for us to hear this brilliant song. Hairspray Queen
is probably the weirdest song on here, Kurt uses a lot of noise like he does on In Utero. Kurtís vocals are very awkward, he sings very high and out of key just to be artistic. I dig the song and the vocals do add to it. The song is a bit repetitive and is quite long for an Nirvana song. If it were count down by a minute then this song would be perfect. Big Long Now
could be taken off a Melvins album (one of Kurtís favourite bands). It is very slow and drowsy like, Kurt shows a lot of emotion in this song. I love the chorus, really brings out Kurtís feelings. It may not be the Nirvana we all know but is sure an amazing song. Aneurysm
is my favourite Nirvana song and itís a perfect close to the album. It starts out with some strummed power chords from Kurt and goes into this noise thing. The verses are very simple but the chorus is something you canít resist. I love it when Kurt sings, ďshe keeps it pumping straight to my heart".
Kurt may not be the best musician in the world; heíd rather keep to his power chords. But I canít complain, it sounds good so why care about technicality? It sounds good and his tone is very smooth. Krist is a lanky bassist, who has some great bass lines and he is sometimes the driving force behind a song (for an example, try Downer
or Hairspray Queen
). Heís a good bassist and shines a lot on the album. I do believe Chad Channing and Dave Grohl both share drum duties in some of the songs. Dave didnít join the band till Nevermind and some of the songs were made before that album so itís mostly Chad Channing and some other people on the drums. The drums were of a very high standard, lots of nice beats and fills here and there. I donít have that high expectations of this band but the drums did surpass them totally. I recommend this for fans of the grunge scene, alternative rock and punk. I donít recommend this to people who think they are too cool for a mainstream band as Nirvana are actually quite good when you take the time to listen to them. This album surpassed my expectations, it wonít change the world but if youíre looking for a fun punk album to relax to then this gets my biggest recommendations.