Sound — 10
The band has a constant sound. The verse have excellent bass lines, little or no guitar, and hard drum beats. Then the build-up (an important part in the Nirvana sound) especially in 'Teen Spirit' jumps into a powerful chorus with loud distorted power chords, sped up bass and Dave Grohl's pounding drums. This recording musically mixes the punk simplicity with Led Zeppelin hard rock chops. Smells Like Teen Spirit the best song on the album, features the catchy head bobbing guitar hook leading to the rest of the band joining. The verse features Krist Novoselic's slithering bass and a fast tempo version of Queen's We Will Rock You on drums. Then the build-up Hello, Hello, Hello, How Low into the legendary chorus with the return of power chords. The solo like most solos on the album (excluding In Bloom) follows the vocal pattern of the verse.
Lyrics — 10
The lyrics don't match with one idea, no matter what people say. If you're looking for meaningful lyrics don't buy this CD. The lyrics do still make some sense though. The verses don't match with each other. Smells Like Teen Spirit's lyrics are the best as far as matching with the music. In Bloom contains a line in the chorus that tells you the lyrics don't mean anything. On a Plain is the best example of not having the verse lyrics correspond with each other. The final track Something In The Way has somewhat meaningful lyrics. Kurt Cobain's vocals (like him or not) are the best match with the style of grunge.
Overall Impression — 10
In my opinion the best album ever. Definitley the best Grunge album ever. Only Boston's Boston and GN'R's Appetite can compete with it. I love that every song on the album is great. The best song is probably Smells Like Teen Spirit. Even though overshadowed by the 4 breakout singles (Teen Spirit, Come As You Are, Lithium, and In Bloom) there are songs that could've have reached equal success mainly Drain You. Not to mention, the closing song (Some pressings contain Endless, Nameless) Something in the Way with Dave Grohl's rare light drum playing. If this was stolen I would go to the store and buy this 1, 000 times over and listen to each copy in entirety.