When the world got tired of the hair metal and MTV had no idea what to play, all of the sudden a Grunge band by the name of Nirvana with a whole new philosophy on how to make in their opinion what was good music. Nirvana exploded with there first single from there second album, Nevermind. The singles title was "Smells Like Teen Spirit", and it told the music industry that songs didn't always have to be about Sex, Money, and Drugs. But they can also be about personal problems, love, and many other things. Since the Metal industry was going absolutely nowhere Nirvana might as well have saved music. Now less songs are about sex, money, and drugs and more head into Nirvana's direction.
But considering my rating why is this considered one of the greatest albums of all time? This album did start a revolution of grunge music and speeded up the process of hair metal dying out, that's one of the reason it is considered a classic album. Another is the simple fact that Kurt Cobain passed away when Nirvana was at there peak of creating hits.
Ok, but that brings up two points, first off this album isn't one of the greatest albums of all-time. A few of the songs are classics: "Smells Like Teen Spirit", "In Bloom", "Come As You Are", and "Lithium", but besides that this album isn't nothing but power chords and mediocre lyrics. So it cannot be considered one of the greatest albums of all time. Second of all, if Kurt Cobain was alive today he would probably be making very bad music. Most people are biased and just looking at the impact of the singles from this album and call Cobain genius, that is pretty much a load of horse crap. If you look at Nirvana, all Cobain really did was write the music and he wasn't even that good at that. And as far as guitar goes he sucked. But the point about Nirvana music is really the only good album they had after this one is there live MTV album which was basically recorded when Kurt ran out of ideas.
The first few songs of this album is pretty good as I pointed out in the earlier paragraphs. But there is such a fall off after those tracks with songs like: " Territorial Pissing's" that are just the opposite of what you need to put out to the public if you want to make the nineteenth greatest album of all time. Kurt voice is at it's best on this album and there are some good guitar parts but overall this album this album is very mediocre.
Putting this album as the nineteenth greatest album of all-time might make this album in my opinion the most overrated album of all time. The band first five or six tracks on here are decent but the rest of the album is throw out the window garbage. The point is that putting this album ahead of "Dark Side Of The Moon" on the greatest albums of all-time list is crap. Pink Floyd's album was a well-produced collection of songs, and Nirvana's album was an album that anyone could make in two days.
In conclusion, this album is a decent album that could be a lot better. If Kurt and crew fed of the momentum of the first few tracks this album could be very good. But the last tracks sound very bad and the lyrical work is very bad. The instruments throughout this album is very so-so and so is Kurt's singing. If you want a good collection of Nirvana songs I would suggest buying the live album but this album really isn't to good.
The Sound: Kurt has a very dreary and deep voice, but what saves him is the rock-out style of Nirvana. They use power-chords and drums and play them as hard as they can to make sure Kurt's voice fits into the instruments. A may sound like a weird combination but most of the time it works out.
The Lyrics: Let's get this out the way: Kurt Cobain is not a better song writer than Bob Dylan. He writes good and catchy choruses and cute little rhymes that fit perfectly into the instrumental work. Really his best work is covering: "Where Did You Sleep Last Night?" and the chorus in "Smells Like Teen Spirit".
The Impact: Nirvana will always be known for putting a end to the hair-metal phase that the music industry was going through with there single: "Smells Like Teen Spirit". They will also be one of the most controversial band's of all-time, or have the one of the most controversial lead singers of all-time. But in the end no matter how mediocre there music was Nirvana should get all the praise they can get for basically putting an end to metal and introducing a new kind of music to America and the World.
Kurt's voice is perfect on this album
Good first few tracks
Bad tracks after the first few tracks
This is not one of the greatest albums of all-time.