Sound — 9
It's almost traditional Nirvana sound, but the rarities add some new flavor. Ain't It A Shame is a nice change from the ordinary, and Blandest is one of the best songs on the album. This album is frequently one of the most looked down upon, but it have some great songs on it, especially the boom-box demo of Come As You Are and the version of Rape Me with his daughter on his lap while recording. Possibly the most important song for any Nirvana fan to hear would be Spank Thru, from the 1985 Fecal Matter Demo tape. This is the song allegedly inspired Krist to form Nirvana with Cobain and Channing. This CD also contains a rare version of You Know Your Right. The CD is great, despite people who say otherwise.
Lyrics — 9
It's early Cobain. It's rougher because he hasn't ruined his voice yet. A sign of damaged vocal cords is actually in Spank Thru, where he coughs a few times, from the initial scream. The singing isn't much different. It sounds better in my opinion because it has a completely raw feeling to it. It hasn't been overmastered and keeps the authenticity.
Overall Impression — 9
The album may take some getting used when you first listen to it. Clean Up Before She Comes grew on me after a while, so it just goes to show you need to listen to it a few times before you get it. Mrs. Butterworth is my second favorite with Spank Thru at the top. Keep an open mind when listening to this CD. It is looked down upon, and it was only released because Courtney Love is selling all of Cobain's remaining rare tracks, but that doesn't make it any less of a great album. Definitely worth a listen and keep it in that stereo for a while.