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Nevermind (180 Gram Vinyl)

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  • Is there any doubt that this is the landmark album of the 1990’s? Some might say this distinction belongs to Dr. Dre’s THE CHRONIC, Beck’s ODELAY, Pearl Jam’s TEN, or even Radiohead’s OK COMPUTER, but NEVERMIND has to be the choice. The entire genre of rock throughout the 90’s was based on this record with every band trying to recapture its memorable sound and market appeal. Of course “Smells Like Teen Spirit” was the anthem that started the alternative revolution, but there’s quality in many other songs here besides just this. I’m not sure why, but “Something In The Way” has always stood out to me with its gentle, yet sad mood. The haunting “Come As You Are” will always remain an emotional track because of the circumstances that would follow a few years later. The true punk roots of Nirvana are shown well in “Territorial Pissings,” which is possibly the most brutal and emotional song I’ve ever heard. “In Bloom” and “Lithium” became MTV and radio staples for good reason since they displayed with a vengenace that NEVERMIND had much more depth beyond its well-known first hit. My final favorite, among many, would be “Polly” because of its mid-tempo pace and hummable chorus that isn’t buried amongst the guitars. It’s a shame to see about ten copies of this CD in every used record store I walk into because it should be a part of any fan’s collection who has absoluely the slightest interest at all in rock, metal, punk, or power-pop music.

    Posted on January 3, 2010