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Nevermind (180 Gram Vinyl)

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  • …….and “Nevermind” still sounds fresh. How? Nirvana were just that damn good. Dave Grohl’s drumming was not only powerful, but lightning-speed fast (my personal pick for the greatest drummer ever). Krist Novoselic’s bass skills were amazing, melodic, furious, and catchy. And Kurt Cobain, well, what can’t you say about the guy? I can sit here and say all these great (and true) things about Kurt, but I’ll leave it at this: there is a reason Kurt is a legend, and this was proven numerous times before his unfortunate passing. All the classics are here, “In Bloom”, “Lithium”, “Come As You Are” (my personal favorite from the band), and, of course, “Smells Like Teen Spirit”. But the album as a whole is amazing. “Drain You” is one of the best Alternative songs ever made. “Breed”, “Territorial Pissings”, and “Stay Away” are punk rock perfection. “Something In The Way” is haunting (it’s far superior on their “Unplugged In New York” album), while “Polly” is a glimpse of Cobain’s “softer” side at it’s best. Even the worst ones here, “Lounge Act” and “On A Plane”, are better than anything Creed will ever do (I guess that isn’t saying much, but you get the point, those two songs are still brilliant). Cobain was a brilliant singer-songwriter, he could be filled with rage and self-doubt one second (“Smells Like Teen Spirit” and “Something In The Way”) and be funny the next (“Breed” and “Lithium”). From lines like “Here we are now, entertain us” to “I’m so ugly, that’s okay, ’cause so are you”, not many could even come close to the talent of Kurt Cobain. From start to finish, Nirvana made one of those rare albums that manages to pull everything out of the bare essentials (guitars, bass, drums) and make an absolute classic out of it. Some of these songs sound better on the band’s live albums, and even “In Utero” was just as good as “Nevermind” (despite what some say), and even those two albums put together could not equal “Unplugged In New York”; but this still stands as a landmark for not only rock, but music in general. It was talent beyond anything mortal, that’s for sure.

    Posted on January 3, 2010