Nevermind (Deluxe Edition)



by Celestinaught USER (1 Reviews)
March 3rd, 2023 | 6 replies

Release Date: 2011 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Here's to Butch Vig and Kurt Cobain: true masters of the craft, and an inspiration to anyone who's ever picked up a guitar or sat down at a mixing console.

As I sit down to write this foreword, I can't help but think of how much Butch Vig changed my life. He's the man behind some of the most iconic albums of the past few decades - not just Nirvana's Nevermind, but also Smashing Pumpkins' Siamese Dream and Garbage's self-titled debut. When I first heard those albums, it was like a lightning bolt hit me. The sound was so raw, so powerful, so full of energy. I knew right then and there that I wanted to be a part of that world. I started playing guitar, started writing songs, and started dreaming of one day working with Butch Vig.

Of course, that dream never quite materialized - but that doesn't mean I haven't been inspired by Butch Vig's work. Even today, years after those albums were released, they still sound fresh and vital. The way he captured the raw energy of those bands, the way he made every note and chord sound like it was on the verge of exploding - it's something that's stayed with me all these years. Like Pokemon, he took something raw and unpolished and turned it into something powerful and unforgettable. He had a knack for capturing the spirit of a band, of making them sound like the baddest mother***ers on the planet.

Just like wild Pokemon, Nirvana was a bunch of ragtag misfits who rose up against the establishment and changed the game.Their early stuff was like that Charizard with the busted wing - raw and unpolished, but full of fire. You could feel the anger and frustration in Kurt Cobain's voice, and you knew he wasn't gonna take *** from anyone. Songs like "Blew" and "Love Buzz" were like the Pokemon equivalent of Flamethrower and Thunderbolt - powerful moves that left their opponents stunned and reeling.

But just like that Pikachu with the singed fur, Nirvana's success came at a price. They became the biggest band in the world practically overnight, and it took a toll on them. They started getting more polished, more refined - but at what cost? The anger and rawness that made them so great seemed to fade away, replaced by slick production and catchy hooks. Songs like "Come As You Are" and "Lithium" were like the Pokemon equivalent of Tackle and Quick Attack - effective, but not nearly as badass as their earlier stuff. And then there were songs like "Smells Like Teen Spirit" - the Pokemon equivalent of Hyper Beam. It was powerful, sure, but it felt like they were just going through the motions, trying to recapture the magic of their earlier work. But even at their lowest points, Nirvana still had that Blastoise with the crack in its shell. They were still tough as nails, still willing to fight for what they believed in. And when they unleashed songs like "Rape Me" and "All Apologies," it was like they were saying, "Yeah, we may be battered and bruised, but we're still the baddest mother***ers in the game."

In the end, Nirvana's discography was like a journey with those Pokemon. It had its ups and downs, its moments of triumph and moments of defeat. But no matter what, it was always gritty, always real, and always true to itself. And that's what made it great - but it's why my relationship with the Deluxe edition of Nevermind is so complicated. It's like a metaphor for a happy life under capitalism - shiny, polished, and full of promises. Just like the original album, the Deluxe edition had its highs and lows. There were the b-sides and rarities, like "Even In His Youth" and "Aneurysm," that reminded me of Nirvana's raw power and unbridled energy. But there were also the live recordings and remixes, like the Butch Vig Mix of "Smells Like Teen Spirit," that felt overly polished and sanitized - like the rough edges had been sanded down to fit a more marketable image. And yet, despite all of that, I couldn't help but be drawn in by the allure of the Deluxe edition. It promised more - more songs, more content, more Nirvana. It was like a capitalist dream, offering up endless possibilities and limitless potential for growth and profit.

But as I sat there listening to the album, I realized that maybe that was the problem. Maybe capitalism, like the Deluxe edition of Nevermind, promised more than it could deliver. Maybe the pursuit of wealth and success had a way of stripping away the raw power and energy that made life worth living. And so, as the final notes of "Something In The Way" drifted away, I made a promise to myself. I would remember the lessons of Nirvana - the importance of rawness and authenticity, the power of being true to oneself, and the dangers of chasing after hollow promises. And maybe, just maybe, I could find a way to live a happy life under capitalism, without sacrificing the things that truly mattered. So here's to Butch Vig and Kurt Cobain - true master of the craft, and an inspiration to anyone who's ever picked up a guitar or sat down at a mixing console. Your work has changed countless lives, mine included, and we'll always be grateful for the magic you've brought to the world.

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March 4th 2023


Drain you is probably now and forever my favorite Nirvana song

March 4th 2023


live and loud version of drain you in particular is fantastic

March 5th 2023


Review really took a turn and had me confused for a moment when Pokemon was first mentioned. what an innovative (?) comparison.

I like Pokémon and I like nirvana so it must be accurate. Pos.

March 5th 2023


I dislike this album but I like the pokemon connection. well done.

March 5th 2023



March 5th 2023


I hate myself but love this album, pos

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