Sound — 8
The sound on this is very smooth. Kurt himself said it was too smooth and wasn't the sound he really wanted. He said that Smells like teen spirit was to "radio friendly," hence the title of the song on In Utero - Radio Friendly Unit Shifter. The overall sound of this album is very good, but not the real Nirvana.
Lyrics — 10
The lyrics are very good. The lyrics are almost eerie, mostly in In Bloom. Kurt talks of people jumping on the bandwagon and singing words to songs when they don't know what it means. And after this album, that's exactly what people were doing. Kurt practically predicted the future. His lyrics on this album aren't very deep like they are on In Utero. But you can't knock Kurt on his lyrics. He was the best songwriter of this generation.
Overall Impression — 8
This album is great. Not one of my favorite Nirvana albums though. I'd have to say that In Utero is the best album. It really captures Kurt's real emotions. Nevermind is a great album. My favorite song on the album would have to be Lounge Act, followed by Drain You. Smells Like Teen Spirit is a great song, but to most people that's the only Nirvana song and that's dissapointing. If you want real Nirvana check out Bleach and In Utero. If you want to capture and get an idea of all Kurt's feelings and emotions, buy Unplugged In NY. Kurt wears his emotions not on his sleeve, but in every word he says. You can feel the pain and anguish.