Bleach review by Nirvana

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  • Released: Jun 1, 1989
  • Sound: 10
  • Lyrics: 10
  • Overall Impression: 10
  • Reviewer's score: 10 Gem
  • Users' score: 8.3 (106 votes)
Nirvana: Bleach

Sound — 10
Bleach was Nirvana's first album. They didn't have very many resources but they did have the attitude and talent to make this album work. It was probably the grungiest album they made, with heavily distorted riffs and relentless drumming paced by the steady bass lines. Although it wasn't as popular as some of their other albums, Bleach was very important in the progression of Nirvana.

Lyrics — 10
Kurdt Kobain wrote lyrics that expressed how he felt. A lot of the lyrics are somewhat abstract, based more on the mood and emotion he felt than on the actual event that may have triggered how he felt. Because of this people can relate to the lyrics in however way they feel, it's not so much about if they can relate to the specific experiences as it is that they can relate to the emotions he is trying to express. The lyrics complement the music perfectly, confusion and anger are the main feelings the lyrics express, and the music certainly gives it that sort of feel.

Overall Impression — 10
Bleach is much like many of the other grunge albums of that time. It was heavy, angry, and spirited. Kobain wrote some songs that were excellent, and other songs that weren't as great but his style developed a lot as a result of this album. In my opinion some of his best songs were written on this album, such as School, Love Buzz, About a Girl, Blew, and Negative Creep. Every song on the album is worth listening to though, and if I were ever to lose this album I would buy it again in a heartbeat.

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    01. Blew - this is one of the weak songs of Bleach mainly because where it is in the album. It's better as a closer like in The Muddy Banks but it is still a good song 2.5/5.
    Are you serious? This song is amazing. Go to youtube and watch the live performance of this song from Reading '92! Astonishing!