Sound — 10
Nirvana have a completely unique sound to any other band. It's a wild mixture of grunge, indie, alternative, post-punk, hard rock and pop-rock. Cobain was a master of making alot out of a little. With the help of a few power chords he could do more than some bands with whining solos and 6 instruments. On your first listen, some of the sings might make you frown but I can guarentee that if you listen to it just a few more times, you'll see something special in every song. You really have to experience the sound to fully appreciate it.
Lyrics — 10
The lyrics always seem to fit in with the music, I think that's why it sounds so good. Although sometimes hard to understand, the lyrics always seem to have some hidden meaning or just a dorky strangeness. Alot of people called them wierd but it's kinda like modern art. It doesn't have to fit together, just has to sound good and different. Kurt also has a really good voice. It matches the music's style and he can really scream if he wants.
Overall Impression — 10
In my opinion, it's the best release of 2004. It's definitely better than alot of albums released in the last couple of years. The music never seems to wear out, it has a timelessness to it, like great art (sorry about all the comparisons to art). Some of their most impressive songs are 'Aneurysm', 'Drain you', 'Breed', 'Sappy' and 'Heart-Shaped Box'. There are alot of acoustic versions of their hits as well as demos and radio appearances. Their cover of 'Heartbreaker' shows the bands contrast to many others perfectly, with Kurt's grungy distorted playing and wailing lyrics. All-in-all, this album is definitely worth the cash.