Sound — 10
Nevermind, what can I say, definitely the greatest grunge album ever released and in my opinion the greatest album ever released. Anyway, this album differs substantially from Nirvana's first album, Bleach, it's a more polished sound, yet with keeps it's punk origins, this is really the album that gave birth to the grunge phenomena. Every song has a cathcy melody and will have you nodding your head to the rhythm Nirvana create and every solo, so simple yet so effective will have you playing air guitar. I'll rate every song individually now. 01.Smells Like Teen Spirit: so catchy for such a simple riff, you'll just want to rock out to this one.Amazing //10 02.In Bloom didn't instantly draw me in, but one your pulled in by the melodic guitar riffs, it'll blow your mind //9 03.Come As You Are: an instantly recognisable sound at the start, mixed with some great lyrics and different monotones in Kurt's voice, you'll be hooked //10 04.Breed: fast, abrasive, a typical grunge sound//8 05.Lithium: a smooth intro, of simple but effective riffs, exploding into a chorus of fast guitar riffs and Kurt's voice shines in this one//10 06.Polly: not a typical Nirvana song, but a haunting song about a rape victim who escaped, Kurt's voice is deep and hurtful in this song, excellent.//9.5 07.Territorial Pissings: probably my least favourite song of the album, but still punky, fast and will get the adrenaline pumping//7.5 08.Drain You: a song, which experiments with raw grunge yet goes iin and out of grunge and light rock.//8 09.Lounge Act: fast, smooth, lyrics you can't understand, Kurt with a crazily fast voice, a polished but good sound.//9 10.Stay Away: a song with a fantastic drumbeat and some catchy lyrics "Monkey say, Monkey Do".//9 11.On A Plain: great lyrics, soothing yet, abrasive melody to it, great monotones to Kurt's voice here.//9.5 12.Something In The Way: to enjoy this song you need to understand Kurt, a very haunting, slow song, with some eerie yet deep lyrics//8.5
Lyrics — 9
Some great lyrics here, most people see Kurt's lyrics as just fast and catchy, but make no sense. But underneath his misunderstood lyrics, lies the lyrics of a moody genius who can change songs, with his moods and writes exactly what comes to his mind, even if it's fast, aggressive, he'll get his point across. Brilliant in my opinion, even if you don't understand them.
Overall Impression — 10
Great album, way too many good songs in these, all these songs are strong, fast, loud, abrasive, aggressive yet in some songs his voice can epitomise the moody melodies of some of the softer songs. At his best when screaming out fantastically catchy lyrics, yet keep a melody and polish to them that most rock fans can enjoy Nirvana. Kurt's amazing yet credit to Dave Grohl for his explosive drumbeats with keep the songs pace up, and Krist Novoselic for his background bass, which keeps the songs going in there quieter moments. Best album ever in my opinion, definitely best album of the 90's.