Year 2, Day 25: Nirvana

Year 2, Album 25: Nirvana – Nevermind

Tracklisting

  1. Smells Like Teen Spirit
  2. In Bloom
  3. Come as You Are
  4. Breed
  5. Lithium
  6. Polly
  7. Territorial Pissings
  8. Drain You
  9. Lounge Act
  10. Stay Away
  11. On a Plain
  12. Something in the Way

About the Album

Nevermind is the second studio album from Seattle’s grunge rockers, Nirvana. The album reached number one in several countries worldwide, as well as the United States Billboard 200. In the United States alone, the album is certified DIAMOND, having sold well over 10 million units. The album was released on September 24 1991.

Thoughts on the Album

Nevermind by Nirvana is one of the few albums that not only defined a decade and genre of music, but it impacted and influenced a generation of kids and people growing up during the 1990’s. Is the album perfect? No of course not. Is the album overrated? That’s for you to decide for yourself by listening to it.

The beauty of Nevermind is that it doesn’t even attempt to sound what “normal” rock and roll of the time period sounded like. The songs are angst-ridden, raw, and haunting, which shows a strength of frontman Kurt Cobain’s songwriting. It was almost like Cobain was exorcising his inner demons through evocative and poignant wordplay and screams. Thus the band had such power that transcends pain and turns it into pure catharsis.

If you were to disregard the influence that the music had, the album is good one. The lyrics and songwriting are smooth and solid. Dave Grohl’s consistent and powerful drum beats pace the album along with Kris Novoselic’s steady bass lines. But I kind of think it’s foolish to disregard the influence an album (or music) had. But that’s neither here nor there.

The album opens with what majority of critics consider the band’s signature track, Smells Like Teen Spirit. No comment should be necessary for this song, knowing that almost everyone has heard this song. It’s smooth introduction belays the rest of song, as chaos kicks door the front door and knocks you on your ass. Grohl’s power drums and the power chords from Cobain provide the thump that this song has.

Songs like In Blood and Come As You Are are great songs on their own right as well. In Bloom pulls you in with melodic guitar riffs and doesn’t let go. Come As You Are has to have one of the most haunting riffs I’ve ever heard.

Conclusion

Short, sweet, and too the point. Nevermind is an album that defined a decade and a generation. I was two when this album came out, and it was one of my first CD purchases as teenager. One could argue that the album’s music itself is overrated, but none will argue the impact that it had. Those were my thoughts…

What are yours?

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