Review #20: (Classic Album) Nirvana – Nevermind

Artist – Nirvana
Album – Nevermind

Check it out – https://open.spotify.com/album/2UJcKiJxNryhL050F5Z1Fk

Nirvana were (in my opinion) one of the last bands to change the face of music drastically, and this album was the reason for that. Nirvana formed in Aberdeen, Washington in 1987, originally consisting of Kurt Cobain, Krist Novoselic and a number of drummers before settling for Dave Grohl. Despite only releasing 3 full albums, Nirvana became one of the biggest bands on the planet, performed one of the greatest gigs ever in their headlining set at leeds and made popular an entire new genre ‘Grunge’.

Nevermind is the opitamy of the idea that great music doesn’t have to be hard to play, but powerful and emotional with something important to say. This album includes everything a great rock album should have; pop hits with ‘Smells Like Teen Spirit’ (one of the most recognised riffs ever written), soft emotional tracks with ‘Something in the Way’ and fast mosh worthy songs in ‘Breed’ and ‘Territorial Pissing’. One of the most influential components of Nevermind (and all Nirvanas music) has to be Kurt’s lyrics, which managed to speak to a generation of young people without sounding straightforward or cheesy. Dave Grohl’s drums on this album become key for any upcoming or experienced drummer, with his powerhouse beats and rhythms as catchy as the riffs themselves. Krist’s bass lines were nothing fancy, but fit perfectly with everything Dave played, creating one of the tightest rhythm sections in rock music. Almost like a fourth member of the band Butch Vig (Producer) pushed the band on this album to create what was in their heads in music form, whilst also making it sound catchy enough and in great quality so that it would be a departure from their debut album ‘Bleach’ and gain commercial success.

Despite Nirvana being a band all about not following the crowd they managed to create an album that many loved and contained songs that are still and will always been in the music lovers iPod, cd rack etc. Their live shows were something of passion and emotion, from Kurt’s string destroying guitar solos, which at times weren’t perfectly played, but that didn’t matter, to smashing equipment or playing against what corporate organisations wanted (check out their set on the Jonathan Ross Show). Up until the tragic end of Kurt, Nirvana were a band that never settled or became what people wanted them today, sticking to their morals, and thats why this album and the band themselves are a part of music history.

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