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Nevermind

Nirvana

1991

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Nevermind
Album Summary

Nevermind is the second studio album by the American rock band Nirvana, released on September 24, 1991, by DGC Records. It was Nirvana's first release on a major label and the first to feature drummer Dave Grohl. Produced by Butch Vig, Nevermind features a more polished, radio-friendly sound than the band's prior work. Recording took place at Sound City Studios in Van Nuys, California, and Smart Studios in Madison, Wisconsin in May and June 1991, with mastering being completed in August of that year at The Mastering Lab in Hollywood, California. Written primarily by frontman Kurt Cobain, the album is noted for channeling a range of emotions, being noted as dark, humorous, and disturbing. Thematically, it includes anti-establishment views, anti-sexism, frustration, alienation and troubled love inspired by Cobain's broken relationship with Bikini Kill's Tobi Vail. Contrary to the popular hedonistic themes of drugs and sex at the time, writers have observed that Nevermind re-invigorated sensitivity to mainstream rock. According to Cobain, the sound of the album was influenced by bands such as Pixies, R.E.M., the Smithereens, and the Melvins. While the album is considered a cornerstone of the grunge genre, it is noted for its musical diversity, which includes acoustic ballads ("Polly" and "Something in the Way") and punk-inspired hard rock ("Territorial Pissings" and "Stay Away").Nevermind became an unexpected critical and commercial success, charting highly on charts across the world. By January 1992, it reached number one on the US Billboard 200 and was selling approximately 300,000 copies a week. The lead single "Smells Like Teen Spirit" reached the top 10 of the US Billboard Hot 100 and went on to be inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame. Its video was also heavily rotated on MTV. Three other successful singles were released: "Come as You Are", "Lithium", and "In Bloom". The album was voted the best album of the year in Pazz & Jop critics' poll, while "Smells Like Teen Spirit" also topped the single of the year and video of the year polls. The album also garnered the band three Grammy Award nominations in total across the 34th and 35th Grammy Awards, including Best Alternative Music Album. Nevermind and its singles' success propelled Nirvana to being widely regarded as the biggest band in the world, with Cobain being dubbed by critics as the "voice of his generation". The album brought grunge and alternative rock to a mainstream audience while ending the dominance of hair metal, drawing similarities to the early 1960s British Invasion of American popular music. It is also often credited with initiating a resurgence of interest in punk culture among teenagers and young adults of Generation X. It has sold more than 30 million copies worldwide, making it one of the best-selling albums of all time. In March 1999, it was certified Diamond by the RIAA. Among the most acclaimed and influential albums in the history of music, it was added to the National Recording Registry in 2004 as "culturally, historically, or aesthetically important", and is frequently ranked on lists of the greatest albums of all time.

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4.39

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  • Rock
  • Grunge

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Tue Feb 02 2021
5

Stone cold classic album. The three-track opening run on here could beat out most albums in existence. I feel like most retrospective discussion of Nirvana tends to focus on the lore of Kurt Cobain or the grunge movement that he inspired, but what gets lost is the fact that Nirvana really ROCKED. Sometimes it sneaks up on you, like on "Lithium" and "Come As You Are." Or verses will be softer followed by heavy hooks. The point is that pretty much every song on here hits hard. Even the deeper album cuts are great, no fat on here to trim. And I never knew that Nirvana was a three-piece band! That in itself always impresses me. All three do an excellent job, but special shout-out to Dave Grohl for his drumming, especially on "In Bloom." Favorite tracks: In Bloom, Lithium, Smells Like Teen Spirit, Something in the Way. Album art: Iconic. I can't imagine how many teens brought this album home from the store to absolute shock from their parents. "What kind of pervert crap is this, Lucas? You can see the baby's dink! Is that what you like, sicko? Go to your room!" I've always felt like I shouldn't look at Nevermind Baby. He's chasing a bag, and I should mind my own business. I wonder if Nevermind Baby is still alive? Has he learned about clothing yet? Maybe that's why he was chasing a dollar, so he could afford a diaper. Nevermind Baby is all alone in this open water world. 5/5

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Wed Sep 15 2021
5

“Nevermind” by Nirvana (1991) In my eighteen years as a Protestant minister, I experienced, on dozens of occasions, the responsibility/privilege/horror of that moment in funerary rituals where ‘the preacher’ stands at the head of the open casket, aiming to project empathy and comfort, and looking into the eyes of each mourner filing past and gazing upon the deceased. Some of those eyes were inconsolably sad, some were forlorn, some loving, some fearful, some resolutely formal, some unconvincingly nonchalant. But there were those occasional eyes, easy to spot, that expressed a feeling of being cast off, alienated—emoting an anxious disconnect with the universe of human interrelation. The expression of that precise feeling is the artistic achievement of Nevermind. Throughout this album, singer/songwriter/guitarist Kurt Cobain evokes, battles, and embraces abjection, like snapshots from the biblical Book of Jonah (e.g., 1:16; 2:4-6a; 4:7-9). And he does it with a lyrical and musical integration that grips the listener and won’t let go. By the fifth measure of the first song (“Smells Like Teen Spirit”), the listener is hooked. Punk power chords, heavy bass and raspy, blood chilling screams prompt the sympathetic listener to engage the mystery, dangerously tilting toward the irrational (e.g., the completely capsizing outro to “Territorial Pissings”). Variations in mood and dynamics march us steadily toward the wilderness of alienation. Even in mocking the listener who doesn’t understand, but just thinks it’s cool (“In Bloom”), Cobain is relentless in his darkness and brutality. And the rage of this track is immediately and necessarily followed by the almost convincing invitation (“Come as You Are”) to the friendly fellowship of the remembrance of things past, horrifying though they may be. “I swear”, he says, “I don’t have a gun.” Fearsome apathy in the face of erotic longing (“Breed”) is followed by an anti-therapeutic prescription (“Lithium”) for the poet’s psychotic pose In the line “I'm so happy 'cause today I found my friends, they're in my head”. Recorded music doesn’t have to be redemptive or morally uplifting to soar as art. The listener calls to mind literary analogies (think of Mailer, Capote, Burgess, Poe, Wolff, and even the Bible, if one has a little imagination [Hint: the Book of Ecclesiastes]). But it does have to have resolution. And on Nevermind, the closing dirge (“Something in the Way”) resolves in the despair of a barely-surviving homeless man who nevertheless musters a certain level of sensitivity to the animals he encounters. He cannot bring himself to eat or otherwise damage sentient creatures. There’s ‘something in the way’. Listen to this dark, dark album to fortify an appreciation of the Light. The experience will, perhaps counterintuitively, make you grateful. Like Jonah in the belly of the fish (Jonah chapter 2). 5/5

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Fri Feb 05 2021
1

The most overrated rock album of the 90s.

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Sun Mar 20 2022
3

Perfectly fine but massively overrated since day one. I refuse to continue that trend.

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Wed Dec 30 2020
5

Just an absolute monster of an album. Wall to wall melody, brilliant lyrics and heavy tunes!

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Tue Oct 06 2020
5

great record reckon they'll go far

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Fri Mar 12 2021
5

It's amazing that Courtney Love still hasn't been convicted

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Mon May 17 2021
5

the third album I get that is currently on the top 20 of the generator. This is it people, the top tier, I mean, no one hates on Fleetwood Mac (I myself rated it 5) but Nirvana has had a lot of haters ever since they came out, so its high rate is even more impressive. Nevermind is an almost perfect album, I've been hearing it ever since it came out (I was 5 at the time) and I have always loved it. this is one for the generations.

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Tue Feb 02 2021
5

Nirvana’s “Nevermind” is one of my favorite albums of all time. It means so much to me that it’s difficult to articulate why it‘s left such a massive impact on me over the years. “Nevermind” is a masterwork of power and emotional potency...a tremendous force to be reckoned with. “Nevermind” is possessed with a unique energy that transports me to the time in which it was released, and the excitement of that era must have been palpable. Almost 30 years after its release, “Nevermind” remains utterly vital and absolutely fantastic. Kurt Cobain had a brilliant knack for melody, and each song on this album is crafted to such perfection. The catchiness of those melodies matched with the unbridled ferocity makes for a spectacular experience. Kurt’s voice has such a unique quality to it, and he takes it to daring places throughout this album. Kurt’s guitar, Krist Novoselic’s bass, and Dave Grohl’s drums sound so heavy across “Nevermind”, and there are so many different sounds on this album that I love. Butch Vig’s production on this album is excellent, and the cover art for this album is perfect because for me, this album sounds splendidly aquatic and frequently like the color blue. I always feel so greatly energized and in awe by “Nevermind”, an album that I will continue to cherish for the rest of my life.

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Wed Sep 28 2022
5

The '90s. A time when the word "Lithium" didn't make you think of electric vehicles. The wiki notes also say this album is credited with ending the hair metal era.That's good enough for me

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Fri Mar 12 2021
4

Smells Like Team Spirit reminds me of going out with my second boyfriend, Sam Coleman (Dan Metcalf was so fleeting I'm not sure it counts). Sam was a rock-head and I wanted to impress him with my music knowledge. I was already dabbling in rock (this is was not too far off my gentle transition from S Club 7 to Green Day), but went all out I listened to my brother's various volumes of Air Guitar - a compilation of rock hits. Nirvana was on it, as was Teenage Kicks. Which again reminds me of that very exciting time going out with Sam, despite us actually not having an awful lot of contact. Anyway, once I had listened to Nirvana I had quite a bit to say to Sam via MSN Messenger and it must have worked cos he wrote my initials and hearts ALL over his pencil case, alongside a large 'rock on' hand symbol drawing.

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Thu Feb 25 2021
5

I can't be even close to objective about this one, it's too intrinsic to my tastes in music.

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Sun May 15 2022
5

If you ever want to understand or explain Gen X, just listen to "Smells Like Teen Spirit". There are so many lines that could serve as a motto for Generation X. "Here we are now, entertain us." Or my favorite, "Oh well. Whatever. Nevermind." Yes, this is the one that fulfilled all the promises of grunge, underground and indie music, as Nirvana blended all of their influences, from John Lennon to the Pixies and the Meat Puppets, in ways that spoke to the masses. But I think more than that, it was the perfect Gen X signifier. One of the more surprising things on relistening is how there are no skips. The only skippable song is the closing track, "Endless, Nameless". But since it's the final song, you really don't need to skip it as much as you can just stop listening to the album. Whether or not that was Kurt Cobain's intention, stopping the album in the middle of the last song is another Gen X trait. Oh well, whatever. Nevermind.

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Sat Aug 27 2022
3

I never understood why Nirvana became so famous in the first place. It is a really good example of grunge, with a timeless hit 'Smells Like Teen Spirit' and a well known leader of the group Kurt Cobain. But Nirvana wasn't even the best on their own yard - in my opininon Alice in Chains had better and deeper albums, Soundgarden had a very special sound, and even Pearl Jam had a stunning debut album. Yet, Nirvana was the one etched in people's memories. The album itself starts with all bangers - 'Smells..', 'Lithium', 'In Bloom', 'Come as you are', which all in all, are really good pieces. But the drop off after those songs is amazing. Very anonymous songs, more than half of the album being a filler. It is a good album, that for some reason rose to the cult status, but for me that wasn't supported by ability or craftsmanship, but by non-music related stuff. So I am going to rate this album just as form any other band.

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Sat Oct 30 2021
5

Fuck yeah. I'm so excited to hear this that I might shoot myself in the face. I'm having a midlife crisis. I've recently bought a pair of leather trousers, dyed my hair blonde and now drive a ferrari. I fuck midgets in a warehouse at the weekend and keep one in the shed as a slave. Nirvana reminds me of a time when I didn't do any of those things and I miss those times. Help me.

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Tue May 25 2021
5

4.5 | La gente puede querer ser pedante, puede intentar sobreexplicar las cosas, podríamos ponernos a decir si este es un disco sobrevalorado, decir que "Nirvana ni siquiera era la mejor banda de Seattle," que en este disco se vendieron o cualquier otra sarta de razones para hacerse ver más "conocedor" y sentirse por encima de todos. El hecho es que este disco es la razón por la que un movimiento de música local que llevaba unos años brotando explotó y cambió por completo la escena musical y a una generación, impuso y a fin de cuentas creó un movimiento entero que, aun si alguien quiere atacar diciendo que la mayoría de las personas no lo entendían y solo lo seguían por moda, en el fondo tuvo un núcleo fuerte y no se puede desestimar. Este disco cambió por completo la dirección de la música por al menos diez años y hoy en día al escucharlo en general sigue vigente, fresco y tan contestatario a la música de machos y el rock vacío como en su lanzamiento. Hacía una buena cantidad de tiempo que no me sentaba a escucharlo completo de una sentada y mayormente creo me sigue agradando mucho. El inicio, la combinación de Smells, In Bloom y Come As You Are es sin ninguna duda quizá de los inicios más fuertes y sólidos que hay en cualquier disco al grado que pensé por un momento que después de estos años el resto no lograría mantenerse y sentiría un bajón. Es cierto que el resto del disco no logra ese mismo nivel pero casi todas las canciones siguen siendo buenas, esa mezcla de punk y metal relentizados, esas letras crudas hablando de juventudes desencantadas, problemas de salud mental, violaciones, la vida de los indigentes; temas que eran impensables durante todos los 80s y que lograron agarrar a todo el público general. Todo el disco tiene calidad, mensaje y relevancia. Siempre he sentido un tope pequeño al llegar a Drain You y Lounge Act, que si bien no son malas canciones son las que se sienten un poco más genéricas y como si copiaran varias cosas de canciones anteriores, sin embargo el disco se recupera de inmediato con Stay Away y termina con un par excelente de canciones, hablando de manera realmente empática y pesimista sobre personas indigentes y finalmente casi escupiendo en Endless Nameless a todo el resto del disco con una canción que deja chica a Territorial Pissings y pareciera que se burla de lo comercial y sanitizado que pueden escucharse algunas de las otras pistas, recordándonos que la banda en realidad tiene carácter y que, a pesar del éxito, se mantiene con cierta integridad en su concepto.

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Thu Jun 10 2021
5

A masterpiece rock album that changed everything in the 90s. Amazing production, classic songs, great run time, stands the test of time.

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Tue Apr 27 2021
5

Just because it is the most accessible Nirvana album doesn't mean it is the weakest; not by a long shot. A tour de force of bringing the grunge movement into the mainstream purely on it's incredible songwriting and melodies, not to mention the great rhythm section between Grohl and Novoselic

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Mon Sep 27 2021
5

I remember when Nevermind broke through the zeitgeist, it was unavoidable. Everyone was talking about it, and images of Cobain and the album cover were everywhere. I wasn't listening to radio much, and I was deeply suspicious of anything too popular, and I was deeply repulsed by the cover art, which I took unironically, rather than as social criticism, so I studiously avoided all things Nirvana. At the time, I was working an overnight shift, and the store I was working in happened to have the tape lying around, so I put it on out of morbid curiosity and an impulse to give it a fair chance. (This is also how I discovered Beck's Mellow Gold and Odelay). I was blown away. First, there was Dave Grohl's titanic drum sound. Then there was Cobain's anguished howls, which were somehow always musical. Then there was the sense of humor, lack of self pity, and empathy in the lyrics. And the songs, while being simple, didn't feel stupid simple, more like stripped to essentials with just wall to wall hooks. And then, towards the end of the album, there were haunting ballads, like Something in the Way. It felt like Kurt was channeling the angst of an entire generation of kids, and it was totally cathartic. There is a tendency these days to downplay Nevermind as "simply a great modern punk record," no doubt because Kurt himself compared his band to The Knack, but that's a little like saying that Exile On Mainstream is just a rock 'n roll record. Likewise, some will say that it's too slick, but Butch Vig's studio sheen created an unbearable tension with Nevermind's punk intent that exponentially increased its power. No, Nevermind is absolutely one of a handful of indisputably great grunge records.

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Thu Feb 08 2024
4

There's no denying the importance of this album as a major transition point for modern rock music. Most of the songs on here are stellar. I think there may be different versions of the album. Not sure if the last song -- Endless, Nameless -- is on all of them. That is a really bad song and leaves a bad taste for me. Really torn between 4 and 5, but the way it ends drops this down for me.

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Fri Feb 05 2021
5

I really love this album. So much nostalgia. The first 7 tracks are basically perfect. Drain you and Lounge Act lost my focus a little, but still good songs. I dislike Stay Away, but On a Plain gets me right back into it. Endless, Nameless is trash, but I don't really count it against the album since it wasn't on the original and was a hidden track later.

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Wed Apr 21 2021
5

I think I love this album more at this point in my life than I have at any other point. The standard for what drums should sound like on a rock album. If these songs weren’t also loud hard rock songs, they could easily all be top 10 pop hits with different production. For all of the things rock music has become since it’s inception, I’m hard pressed to think of a better example of a rock album that’s also incredibly popular in mainstream culture.

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Wed Sep 08 2021
5

Classic grunge album. Pretty much the album that introduced everyone to the Seattle sound on a massive scale. The quiet/LOUD/quiet thing got repetitive though. Also I think it was easy to overlook the actual artistry of the music because it was so plastered on MTV.

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Mon Oct 18 2021
5

The album that renewed an entire generation. Popularized the grunge genre that shifted rock's tone and lyrical subject toward more personal and gritty subjects, relying less on established principles and more on embracing techniques that capture the spirit of the music you play. And here Kurt Cobain embodies this spirit more than anyone else, playing the guitar however he feels like, sounding like no other. This album is one of the most accessible in grunge. With catchy tunes and a pop-oriented focus, anyone could easily recognize and fall in love with these songs. The high production value helps cement these songs as fantastic works. Subject matter is full of grit; the lyrics are unforgettable. Not just the catchy hooks. Love the vocals, but on first listen, some listeners may find it difficult to hear what he says for many of the songs, but after a while it clears up, noticing all sorts of nonsense that characterizes the narrator. Whether that be a windower on the virge of a mental breakdown in "Lithium" or Cobain himself as a self-conscious teenage idol as in "Smells Like Teen Spirit." Some rough songs like "Territorial Pissings" and "Endless Nameless" that allow for Cobain's creativity, something he would get much more of in the next album In Utero. There are so many things I love about all the songs that it's difficult for me to pick out favorites. Of course I sing along to the more well-known pop songs, and I rock out to the less known garage songs. But this album flows perfectly well from start to finish with not a single weak song.

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Mon Oct 25 2021
5

Since this is one of those albums that has long ago been placed in the echelons of rock music's greatest hits, I think it's one that people might be too eager to jump to the conclusion that it's overhyped or not deserving of the praise it receives. But of course, that's nonsense. Even if you're tired of hearing 'Smells Like Teen Spirit' for the billionth time, it's hard to deny that Cobain tapped into something otherworldly with not only that indie and punk rock inspired masterpiece, but with every single track on this album. Putting aside the well known singles (for my money, Lithium is the superior of the four), not only is every song on this album worth listening to, every song on this album is fan-freaking-tastic. Who can forget 'Drain You', it's bizarre 'guitar solo' and a punk-rock yet Beatles-esque catchiness? The haunting closure of 'Something in the Way', or Cobain maximizing how much gravel he can incorporate into his signature screams in 'Territorial Pissings'. There's no denying so many of these songs saw additional life breathed into them due to Nirvana's seminal 'Unplugged' album, but that doesn't make them any less impressive.

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Mon Feb 14 2022
5

Few albums can be said to truly define a generation but Nevermind is one of them. Just iconic song after iconic song.

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Mon Mar 21 2022
5

This album is the realest, most raw and desperate expression of self that’s ever been recorded. And I think that’s largely why it catapulted Kurt Cobain and Nirvana from obscurity into the stratosphere of iconic mainstream music when it was released. There’s power in all of the unadulterated angst and anger that people immediately connect with, then and now. It’s not overblown hype, this album was the harbinger of a whole new musical era and gave a voice to lonely weirdos everywhere. It is an absolute masterpiece, completely brilliant. Every track is a five star track. It’s fucking phenomenal.

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Wed Mar 23 2022
5

An absolute classic album! Although more "polished" than their previous album, Nevermind is a cornerstone of the grunge movement in the early '90s. Although the band - in particular Kurt Cobain - resented some of it's success, it truly brought grunge to the masses. Everyone under the age of 25 at the time, would have sold their soul for a ticket to any of their shows. Best: Smells Like Teen Spirit; Come as You Are Worst: Lounge Act

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Wed May 18 2022
5

It would be hard to put a number on just how many times I've listened to this album. When I was a teenager, I used to just play it on repeat, no need to hear anything else when I've got the perfect album already in the CD player. This album is so much more than the sum of its parts. I think a lot of that comes down to Cobain's songwriting and Butch Vig's production. The songs thrash between quiet and full-throated explosions of anger. Vig's production brings coherence to the madness. I know Kurt disliked the way this album sounded and felt that it didn't represent the band, but it certainly represented something that the world needed. This album rewrote all the rules. Music hasn't been the same since. In some ways that's good, in some ways that's bad. It's the culmination of decades of struggling indie and alternative bands trying to break through with Nirvana becoming the biggest band in the world. It's well deserved. This album is incredible. Every song is good. This album definitely has a sound, but it never begins to feel samey. It feels weird reviewing an album that everyone already knows about, but if you haven't listened to Nevermind, go ahead and listen to it. It's amazing. Also, I was reading on the YouTube page about how this album came out 30 years ago, and all of my bones turned to dust. 5/5

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Sat Jun 04 2022
5

The single most important album of my lifetime. Changed the record industry. In trying to find the next Nirvana, major labels were suddenly willing to throw almost anything against the wall to see if it would stick - which made the entire musical landscape much more unpredictable and interesting. In many ways I think modern indie rock is still riding the wave that was created here. On a more personal level, this came out when I was 11 years old, just as I was starting to listen to my own music. This album couldn't have come at a more pivotal time for me. I have completely internalized the entire album and basically consider it a part of who I am. Both aggressive and vulnerable, emotive yet cryptic, it rings true to me in a way that few other albums ever have.

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Fri Jul 08 2022
5

Was flirting with giving this a harsh score, mainly due to how overplayed it is, but crucially relistening I loved it all over again. Can't think to compare it to anything else to a counter-culture movement being all of a sudden completely mainstream. I know they're not grunge pioneers or anything but the power of this album is undeniable. You can say this is the voice of a disaffected generation and all sorts but the most enduring thing is how this took a great album full of great songs and defined the remainder of (mainstream) music for the decade, even if that proved to be mostly negatively. In this age of choice it's hard to explain how sudden and shocking this music was to be front and centre after the synth and pop of the 80s - it was not underground but all of a sudden on mainstream radio and everywhere. This probably means it's marked as overrated by many but the simple truth is it's a super powerful album.

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Wed Jun 22 2022
5

From the minute it drops. You know. This album is going to rick and it just changed everything about music. I'm right back there with my first girlfriend in her mom's basement. Her black hair, smelling like apricots. We had such high hopes for Cobain right out of the box and somehow we wound up with Hole as the consolation. That baseline on Teen Spirit. If that doesn't make your sap rise, are you really born in the 1970's? Hello hello hello. Come as you are is the ultimate. You wanna drive. You wanna do stuff. Still a jam and hits hard today. I've been really careful not to listen to this album for years so that when I do, I can jump in a time machine and it isn't worn out. This is music at the core of our generation. Love it!!

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Fri Oct 28 2022
5

I have listened to this record so many times over the years, but it's been a long time. Initially, when this came up, I kind of rolled my eyes. Over the years, I've come to consider Bleach and In Utero to be much better Nirvana records. But man this record rules--yeah the production is a little too polished. But there's something there with this band, and it's so clearly resonant 30+ years later why this record took the world by storm. So great to hear so many of these songs in the context of this album again for the first time in a while. Note: "Endless, Nameless" is it's own separate track on the streaming services, which I was not expecting, but I guess that makes sense when this record is presented digitally. That track rips so hard.

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Fri Feb 24 2023
5

I was 13 years old when I experienced this album for the first time in full. A gawky, pale boy, I needed to find my way. Having started at a new school that year, not only was I struggling to make friends (ie. I had close to zero), but all of my former friends were suddenly just that - former friends. My parents were more worried about my grades than my feelings, my sister was living in her own world, and nothing seemed to be going right. It was a dark time. Honestly, I didn’t just feel alone. I was alone. It was at that point in my life where I discovered Nevermind, and boy did it change my world. Every song would run the range of emotions: sadness, anger, even some happiness via sarcastic humor. It’s cliché to say that you feel like an artist “gets” you, but Kurt Cobain really did get it. He got me, he got you, he got all of us. At a time when I needed to be heard, I listened. And it made all the difference.

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Fri Mar 10 2023
5

It's hard to describe how much this turned the world around back then. The world was still in that metal phase, a phase which (for the most part) I was okay with. I like some of the bands involved there, but a lot were on autopilot, just like back in the 70s with album-oriented rock. And then punk blew up the whole thing. Then this came out and blew everyone out of the water. EVERYONE thought "grunge" was the thing (when grunge was basically a made-up fashion by the press). Yeah, I got this album. And listened to "Smells Like Teen Spirit" endlessly. But other songs on the album kept me coming back. And now, thanks to the new Batman movie, "Something In The Way" became the new thing. But even so "Smells Like Teen Spirit" is still the juggernaut, the song that EVERYONE knows. Imagine being the writer of that kind of song. It's hard to wrap your head around. Just about every song on this album I have gone through a phase with saying it's the second best song on the album and have played a bunch of times (except for the bonus track, which loses its welcome with me after a while). But besides the one track which only slightly bothers me, this definitely a must-have album for me.

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Tue Mar 28 2023
5

I don't think there is anything significant that I could write about this record that hasn't been already said or written, its value being immense, its songs (all of them) practically immortal classics and the Butch Vig production practically overproducing everything in it. The "commercial" face of Nirvana, but you wouldn't ever want to live in a world without those songs IMHO. Not as punk as Bleach, not as beautifully sick as In Utero, but a true display of power, melody, taste, lyrics and sounds perfectly blended - an unicum, if you will.

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Tue Apr 04 2023
5

You know when you taste or smell something that takes you back to a certain place & time? That's exactly what this album does to me. I'm a freshman in high school feeling all the feelings & have found my catharsis. Nevermind is hard raw poetry that makes all the sense in a senseless world. I lost myself in the words, angst & heavy guitars. It's a phenomenal album by a phenomenal band. 5 out of 5.

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Wed Jul 05 2023
5

One of the most important albums of all time.

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Tue Apr 09 2024
5

I still remember hearing Smells Like Teen Spirit the first time listening to the Alternative show out of Daytona Beach on a Sunday night. Anybody who says this record is overrated hated music.

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Tue Apr 09 2024
5

I love this even when there’s sun outside, meaning it’s not just for angsty moody days

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Mon Apr 15 2024
5

Great to listen to this album properly again, from start to end, for the first time in thirty years or so. It's so good. Happy days.

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Mon Apr 15 2024
5

Loved reminiscing to student days listening to this. Powerful lyrics, good tunes, raw guitars.

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Tue Apr 16 2024
5

Not too many albums changed music. This one does. Not a bad song on here. Punk meets mainstream.

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Wed Apr 17 2024
5

i mean, such a classic. truly never gets old

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Wed Apr 17 2024
5

The last great rock and roll album, possibly the end of the genre.

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Wed Apr 17 2024
5

Being a 30 year old Brit at the time of its release, the cultural significance of this album all but passed me by. Listening to it now, the stripped-down power is undeniable, a power underlying songs that are at times dark, humorous and cynical. And what great songs there are: "Teen Spirit", "Come as You Are", "Polly", "Something in the Way", "Lithium". Plenty of recognisable hard rock motifs along the way but the sum total is so much more. Landmark, milestone etc., etc..

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Tue Mar 21 2023
4

Do you like layers and layers of guitars, because I have More Than a Feeling that this record has enough multitracked guitars to make Tom Scholz of Boston blush.

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Mon Jan 22 2024
4

Truly one of the albums of all time Everyone is here from the batman song to the single most recognisable drum fill of all time I know half these songs from drums and love all of the drums in the album this shit slaps

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Tue Feb 20 2024
4

might be overrated but the impact it had is undeniably huge

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Fri Feb 23 2024
4

If this album was 10 songs long I’d give it 5 stars but the last 3 let it down though I’m sure most die hard nirvana fans would disagree.

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Tue Mar 05 2024
4

I think, in 202 albums, this is the first one I have on vinyl. Obviously it's classic. Obviously it's a bit too long - you could lose 10-15 minutes I reckon and it wouldn't hurt that much. I've not listened to it for a while and enjoyed re-listening, but it is a tad bloated for me, so it's a 4.

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Tue Apr 09 2024
4

Insanely catchy. Half the album’s already classics that play on every rock station, which I didn’t know, never having gotten into Nirvana. I thought that maybe they’d had a series of albums that all had a hit- nope. This could be a greatest hits album with how stuffed full of classics it is.

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Fri Dec 24 2021
3

Yes, yes. The music that shaped a generation, blah blah. Oh well, whatever, nevermind.

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Wed Jan 31 2024
3

This album is filled with most of the songs hat I know by Nirvana, but I have never listened to his album fully. A lot of the sons are really good with Kurt singing and Dave destroying the drums in a good way. Not sure the name of the guitarist but he is also really good on a lot of the songs. But then there are a handful of songs that are pretty boring. Whenever he rhymes Plane with Complain always makes me laugh with how ridiculous it is. Also not the biggest fan of when Kurt screams. The last song gave me the heebee-jeebees for some reason. All around very solid album with a lot of hits. High 3

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Fri Mar 01 2024
3

Good but overrated. Lots of thoughts so... Songs are incredibly well-produced and guitar tone is delicious. Cobain's vocal performances are extremely impressive both strained and soft. Smells Like Teen Spirit and In Bloom started the album very strongly but songs became very forgettable as the lyrics are so surreal, the melodies not very catchy and the guitar “riffs” (chord progressions) are similarly dissonant. After finishing the album I can actually only remember how 4 songs went - SLTS, Come As You Are, Something In The Way (my favourite) and Polly - which I only remember for being so raw against a background of screaming distortion. It's a good album and I recognise it's cultural and significance but overall, I don't think it's very timeless and I can only give it 3/5. sorry Andrew xo

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Tue Dec 13 2022
2

Still think this is subpar. Lithium and come as you are are good. Screw the rest.

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Tue May 02 2023
1

Many years ago my best friend in college and I were sitting around with guitars - and drinks, as will become obvious - and we wanted to write a gloom or death metal song. We came up with a stupid riff starting on F# that we kept repeating with lyrics that began: "in the depths of hell I'll kill you....the serpent sleeps tonight." It was good, I'm telling you. Literally 2 months later on the radio I hear the song "Come As You Are" by some new band. It is LITERALLY THE EXACT SAME RIFF. Phone calls are made, lawsuits are discussed, then acceptance sets in that we blew it and further realization hits us that we were just two drunk kids in a shoddy apartment. All of the above is 100% true. Not for nothing and not even relevant to the story: I never liked Nirvana and still don't - almost aggressively-so. I tried, I really did. "Hey - some of my best friends are Nirvana fans." Hell even my music production mentor is a diehard fan and I love the guy but man I do not like that band. This band. At all. What's more annoying and likely irrelevant to the actual music is that they're constantly named as one of the bands that "speaks for my generation [X]" which is total horseshit. If I/you weigh in hype (you shouldn't) as a factor this might be my most hated musical act (as I eagerly step on Lou Reed's grave) of all-time. ...Hmm... you know, great drumming, though - whatever happened to that kid. I'll say that at least this album is better than the horrific unplugged album, JFC that's terrible. Or In Utero jeeeeeezussssss kill me (no wait that's his wife's equally horrible song god am i done with that garbage yet) quickly. Ok I thought about giving this a generous 2 stars just because they must have done something right and occasionally you can polish a turd (some of the singles I admit are not half-bad) but after around track 5 it is utter trash and it took a long time today before I could finish this. This loud-soft-loud theme was always annoying or garbage-y at worst (looking at you Pixies, jesus h christ). Plus Cobain really was an asshole in every interview. It was the 90s, you just *had* to be "anti-cool" - I'm so glad that shit is done with as I tried to avoid it whenever I could. Fine - like what you want obviously but don't force this noisy shit on me or attribute it as something that it wasn't. ...oh well, whatever. Never mind indeed. (also Kurt's vocals sucked ginormous ass) 2/10 1 star.

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Tue Jun 22 2021

Ok obviously I love this album. In my top, like, fifty maybe? It's so pop yet so fucked up sounding plus it has Kurt Cobain, who obviously is great and he can write a hook for sure, no kidding. We basically have Charlie xcx instead of this, which I'm honestly fine with, think it's a compliment to both artists. Great cover art. I mean color scheme, composition, very anticap, great lettering, great kerning, great baby. I might like in utero better, is that crazy? Relistening, I honestly forgot how good the basslines are on this thing, way better than they need to be considering the lyricism and popstructured grunge. Standouts: Smells like teen spirit, come as you are, Lithium, territorial Pissings, Something in the way. Just some live commentary: Smells like teen spirt. Iconic. Love imagining different stupid dumb lyrics. All time great air guitar song. Come as you are, great bassline. Lithium is better though, plus my favorite lyrics on the album and you can really hear Kurt's voice. Yeah pollys lyrics are fucked up for sure. I want Tropical Fuck Storm to cover this @tropicalfuckstorm Territorial pissings, great deep cut, I feel underrated. Sounds like FIDLA R or wavves, more proof Kurt can write good hook. I like when his voice cracks, very hendrixesque overall. Something in the way, very atmospheric. Sounds like Campdogzz, kinda sad funny lyrics. I would play endless, nameless to someone I wanted to dislike Nirvana, unless they're coming from a heavy rock background, and then i might just play this first.

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Mon Oct 26 2020
5

only found out yesterday that the foo fighters guy was in nirvana but apparently its common knowledge. wild. good album, just kinda take everything i say abt in utero but instead of being really noisy and raw this albums a bit more polished. personally i like this one more just since i kinda think the production fits how catchy the songs can be a bit more. also it doesnt have scentless apprentice on it so thats an automatic plus. tired rn but very good album 9/10

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Mon Jul 19 2021
5

It's just hit after hit and even the songs that aren't radio singles are good. This album lives on the fuzzy, disallusioned edge of the punk movement and I love it for its sheer nihilistic angst.

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Wed Dec 30 2020
5

I wish it were my first time listening to it so I can both listen to it more objectively and re-experience that all over again, but even trying to pretend I hadn't heard it before, it's very much still an album where every song is one I'd rate at least a 4 and where there are more than enough 5-stars to warrant an album-wide 5. I can't believe I missed the day this one was our album!

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Tue May 18 2021
5

Well this is just a legendary album!

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Thu Jun 10 2021
5

Great album, almost every song is a banger

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Fri Jan 29 2021
5

I mean cmon, it's Nevermind. Fucking great, perfect Punk music Come as you are and Territorial Pissings are my favorite songs. Catchy and hypnotic songs, perfect for any mood, I will forever love this album, just feels like a warm blanket. Thanks for the music Kurt, RIP. 8/8

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Fri Apr 23 2021
5

Aint nothing wrong with this

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Wed Jun 02 2021
5

Killer album from front to back. Gets a little weaker later on in the album. Great lyrics, melodies. High 4.5

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Fri Mar 12 2021
5

Possibly the greatest album opener of all time. And doesn’t drop in quality much after that. Head banger

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Wed Jan 13 2021
5

absolute bangers after bangers

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Tue May 25 2021
5

La primer vez que escuché a Nirvana fue en la secundaria y precisamente el Nevermind puede ser que soundgarden o pearljam sean mejores bandas pero nirvana (o mas bien Cobain) sabía como llegar a las entrañas de toda una generación tal vez sin querer hacerlo. Tenía tantos pedos en su cabeza y sabía como reflejarlo en música y letra. Tengo conocidos/amigos que aún hablan de teorías accerca de su muerte, recolectabamos artículos descompuestos o cosas que pudieramos destrozar al ritmo de sus canciones (lo llamabamos Nirvanazo) el hermano de un amigo es fan from hell y hasta la fecha hace fiesta de Nirvana cada 5 de abril Ver sus videos era impactante para mi en esa época, en ese momento era un grito de la juventud y de una generación que hoy en día veo que fue muy grande incluso para un sector bastante grande en México Me acabo de dar cuenta que Nirvana me gusta mucho y que es muy probable el haberlos escuchado sea la causa del gusto propio por seguir el sendero del Rock Tal vez el disco sea un 4 pero le voy a dar el 5 por lo que me han hecho vivir y sentir desde el momento en que escuché el primer guitarrazo de Smells con la entrada de la batería

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Sat Feb 13 2021
5

oscillating bw a 4 and a 5. this album is no skip primarily in the beginning but overall each song needs to be studied and jammed to on their own. the songwriting is incredible and studying each song more would definitely feel more confident giving this album a 5. polly for example is such a smart and effective way to write about women’s experience with sexual abuse and shedding light on it through music; it's terrifying, and singing as the abuser produces such an eerie and uncomfortable effect and makes you hate the abuser and feel immense sympathy for "Polly". knowing how much kurt cobain championed women and women's autonomy provides more context, but this song as a whole is so well done. ending with something in the way closes out the album so well since it starts so "angry" and active, but ends calmer while still maintaining that angst and grunge.

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Fri Feb 05 2021
5

This is an amazing album. So many great songs and contains some of my favourite Nirvana tracks("Lithium", "Smells like teen spirit", "Breed" and "in Bloom"). This is the epitome of what Grunge is. I also think it to be their best album(aside from the MTV unplugged versions).

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Sun Jan 17 2021
5

*screams endlessly, namelessly* eh they're pretty good, this Nirvana group

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Sun Feb 07 2021
5

One of my all time favorites.

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Tue Mar 02 2021
5

Almost every song was a banger and I’d absolutely buy the vinyl

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Fri Jan 15 2021
5

Great album, could listen to it on replay for quite a while

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