by mranti USER (21 Reviews)
March 22nd, 2005 | 54 replies

Release Date: 1991 | Tracklist


Kurt Cobain: Vocals, Guitar
Krist Novoselic: Bass Guitar
(later of Sweet 75, Eyes Adrift)
Dave Grohl: Drums, Backing Vocals
(later of Foo Fighters, and working with Queens Of The Stone Age, Garbage, Probot, Tenacious D, Nine Inch Nails, etc...)

The artists who have had the most impact and gained the most respect out of the music community usually are backed up by a few lesser selling, or lesser recognized, acts, such is the case of Nirvana. Having bands like Soundgarden, Alice In Chains, and Pearl Jam crawling out of the primordial soup known as grunge, Nirvana’s Kurt Cobain has often been hailed as the king with Hole’s Courtney Love as his queen. As ambiguous as Nirvana’s kingship, considering its primarily decided by ones personal taste, “Nevermind” has gone down as one of the classic albums of rock and, coinciding, the entire music catalog. “Smells Like Teen Spirit” has become an anthem, and deemed as what finally killed off hair spray metal with sappy ballad after sappy ballad bands. Whether or not you are a fan of Nirvana, or anyone of the grunge scene, their impact is factual as what helped to lay the blueprint down for many musicians who didn’t have much of an outlet beforehand.

In April of 1994, Kurt Cobain was found dead. As the new millennium rolled around, Soundgarden had broken up, Alice In Chains’ Layne Staley was closing in on death, and Pearl Jam gave much of the media the middle finger and found contentment in making, for lack of a better word, “underground” albums. All that’s left now is the few albums Nirvana released, with the addition of odds and ends tracks scattered about, and a seemingly clean slate for anyone to come in and see what they were about. Like The Beatles’ “White Album”, like Led Zeppelin’s “IV”, or like The Ramones’ debut, Nirvana’s “Nevermind” is nestled securely among the “must-have” rock recordings of all time.

“Nevermind” opens up with “Smells Like Teen Spirt”, which planted them on the map and ironically is about what it became, jock fists raised to the air and swarms of mindless drones set to follow. Although it may not be their deepest song, “Smells Like Teen Spirit” has the pop appeal with the rebellious attitude that transcends the limits of genre to a universal attraction. Next is “In Bloom”, which is about gun tooting macho men who epitomize the line “he likes all our pretty songs...he likes to shoot his gun”. “In Bloom” carries many familiar Nirvana elements, for instance, distortion, feedback, and lyrics that often take an advanced mind to fully grasp the concept. Following the previous two tracks is “Come As You Are”, which takes a more melodic, watery turn. The verse guitar work was inspired by Killing Joke’s “Eighties”, but progresses to nothing short of a masterpiece. Following is yet another speaker busting punk testament with lyrics that showcase Nirvana’s individuality, despite if numerous bands have tried to copy the sound since then, titled “Breed”. Dave Grohl’s unique and powerful drum style is in full swing with this one, and Kurt’s signature scream radiates as ever. “Lithium” is line after line of quote worthiness like “Light my candle in a daze because I’ve found god” and “I’m so happy because today I’ve found my friends, they’re in my head”. “Lithium”, like “Come As You Are”, has a watery vive to it, and like the same, goes into pounding rock. If there was one thing that Nirvana never sacrificed, it would be melody. No matter what they did, Nirvana was on the mark and cut the fat off of glitzy self-absorbed corporate machines, evident throughout every strand of “Nevermind”. As it continues with the acoustic “Polly”, which is about a kidnaping, the fast angst ridden “Territorial Pissings”, which starts off with Krist screaming part of an old “hippy” song, and the roller coaster ride to its conclusion with the haunting “Something In The Way”, “Nevermind” sums up the true punk movement of the Sex Pistols, to the finest bands to have their heyday in the 90's, and to put to shame the so-called “next big thing” series of today who, as apposed to Nirvana, don’t have anything authentic to say.

On foreign versions of the album, “Nevermind” closes with “Endless Nameless”, which is a long and cryptic sounding jam that almost sets the stage for their weird “Incesticide” rarities album that was released a year after.

“Nevermind” was Nirvana’s most polished effort, but a far range from their raw debut “Bleach” and their somber, surpassing, follow-up “In Utero”. A lot of plaque has been given to Nirvana for this album, which is understandable considering everything that gains widespread attention becomes subject to abuse, wrongful or not. If you listen to this album with the mind state to downsize everything about it, you won’t like it and will probably go around with your chin up for awhile. If you listen to it with an open mind, you’ll come to at least appreciate the complexities in even the simplest power chord songs on the album and you’ll probably make sure you have the cd case out so all your friends will be sure to see it when they come over. To anyone who doesn’t have any Nirvana albums, “Nevermind” is a good place to start considering their other albums may take more time to get hooked on you.

Buy it!

Highlights include:
Smells Like Teen Spirit
In Bloom
Come As You Are
Drain You

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March 23rd 2005


good album for people just getting into nirvana, but there best stuff lies in other places

March 23rd 2005


Album Rating: 3.5

What makes you a 'true Nirvana fan'? By saying that one of their CDs sucks? Sounds like you're a BIG fan....

This is a very good album. Yes, it was extremely popular. Yes, it was extremely overplayed.

The last two factors do not affect the first. Regardless of popularity, it's either a good album or it's not. Granted, you can get tired of it when you hear it every single day.

You must never order pepporoni pizza... because it's too popular. Do you drink Pepsi or Coke? oh .... I get it... RC Cola cuz it's less popular.

This way of thinking is so severly flawed it's not even funny.

March 25th 2005


Album Rating: 3.5

Lemon8 you F U C K I N G rock!!!

March 29th 2005


I never said that a good album has to sell good. I did say, although, that In Utero surpasses Nevermind, which In Utero hasn't sold 3/4 as many copies as Nevermind has.

August 16th 2005


Album Rating: 5.0

this album is what music should be

August 29th 2005


You people need to appreciate albums such a Bleach and In Utero more than this. Seriously.

John Galt
August 30th 2005


I agree that this is not Nirvana's best work, but it doesn't suck. It has some good songs like Polly and Lithium.I totally agree w/ everything Lemon8 says. My favorite Nirvana album is still In Utero. But you cant just hate something b/c you think its overratedThis Message Edited On 08.29.05

August 30th 2005


Album Rating: 1.0

I hate this album because it shows no musical talent whatsoever. As was stated in my review before the moderators took it down for no reason except it had a bad rating, all they did was take pop music and add distorted guitars, or simplify rock music for a pop audience and made a ton of money so everyone followed them to get rich and that was enough for Nirvana to become influential. Kurt Cobain is not a guitar god no more than Brad Delson of Linkin Park. Kurt could write catchy riffs, but they are all power chords or simple riffs. His solos don't solidify his being a guitar god anymore. His voice can be so annoying with that constantly scratchy tone or whiny scream. But he could write catchy music.

Hugh Jass
August 30th 2005


Album Rating: 3.5

Rating: 3.5/5


okay SLTS and CAYA are decent but there is nothing else to offer than poor vocals and crap guitar solos.

Has no-one ever listened to:

Blood Sugar Sex Magik-RHCP

Appetite for Destruction- GnR

Ritual de lo Habitual- Jane's Addiction


Led Zeppelin II now they are good Albums!This Message Edited On 08.30.05

August 31st 2005


Album Rating: 1.0

Appetite for Destruction is an overrated album from a band just as overrated IMO.

August 31st 2005


There is no denying that Nevermind has been backed up with a lot of "hype", mostly after Kurt died, but many albums have the same thing in common. Led Zeppelin II, Pink Floyd's The Wall, and The Beatles Sgt. Peppers are all albums that one would think could cure cancer at this point, regardless of how good they are or how different they were at the time of their releases. Personally, I like Nevermind because there aren't any attention whore 20 minute solos and the vocals aren't twisted to opera standards. The music is simply real, and it says something that not many people have the guts or the brain power to say. If you don't like the album, then fine. If you prefer craft over emotional dripple, then listen to Cradle Of Filth until your ears bleed, just know what you're talking about.

August 31st 2005


Album Rating: 3.0

Yeah, real simple and average.

August 31st 2005


number 5, huh

August 31st 2005


great cd this is what got to start listening to rock

September 1st 2005


i was goning to pick this up when it came out in the 90's but the baby penis scared me away

September 1st 2005


nice ol album.. probably made music the way it is today..

September 1st 2005


Mranti gets uber-props for mentioning the Ramones.

Hugh Jass
September 1st 2005


Album Rating: 3.5

At last, a cold beer in my hand and a smile on my face, I love the internet.

September 3rd 2005


Good album. Just never understood the cover.

September 5th 2005


the cover, as from what i've gathered, is based on humanities dependence on the mighty dollar. how it came about is from a time kurt and dave were watching a documentary on underwater birth, and it just grew from there.

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