Bleach review by Nirvana

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  • Released: Jun 1, 1989
  • Sound: 10
  • Lyrics: 9
  • Overall Impression: 9
  • Reviewer's score: 9.3 Superb
  • Users' score: 8.3 (105 votes)
Nirvana: Bleach
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Sound — 10
Nirvana's first release 'Bleach' was the most worthy of being the most raw album from Nirvana. Nirvana was the greatest band of the 90s, in my opinion, with the most dynamic sounds and emotions spread out upon some of the most iconic songs ever. The sound on this album, as stated earlier, is raw and edgy. However, this makes it unique of Nirvana's albums. From my understanding, the story of the title was Kurt Cobain's (lead vocalist/guitarist) heroin overdose one day in a bathroom of his house, where he was found holding a bottle of bleach, which he supposedly drank. Track 13, 'Big Cheese' was said to have been made after a dispute between Jonathan Poneman (a personel of Sup-Pop records) and Kurt. The music styles are punky and edgy; this was the most up-beat album from Nirvana. The tone is very angsty. This was also the only album released by Nirvana that included Chad Channing (drummer on this album only), Jason Everman (second guitarist on ths album only), and finally, Dale Crover (on tracks 2, 6, and 13).

Lyrics — 9
The lyrical Mastermind Kurt Cobain himself draws reflection over his years of musical angst and truth in this album. It displays his feelings about many things, including his feelings for the music industry. The lyrics and music go hand and hand, suiting eachother nicely. Kurt Cobain ultimately let all of his emotions out for this album, and in doing so, powered his skills.

Overall Impression — 9
The most impressive songs include 'Blew', 'School', 'Scoff' and 'Big Cheese'. The edginess and raw feeling of the entire album is entirely enjoyable. If it were stolen or lost, I would definately buy this again because of the rawness and edginess that creates an uproar in emotion and power. The original name for this album was going to be 'Sheep' with the endorsement: "Steal 'Sheep' at a store near you!" I believe the final name 'Bleach' suited it much better than this.

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