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Artist: Nirvana
Genre: Rock/Pop
Release Date: September 1991

Review by LarryG
4 stars out of 4

Perhaps the last great rock record. Tuneful, rocking and hard enough to appeal to a wide range of listeners, Nirvana's transition from the limited appeal punk rock of Bleach to making music that sounded great on mainstream radio was amazing. Dave Grohl, who's since released two solid records with Foo Fighters, was a key addition at drums and Kurt Cobain's songwriting showed incredible growth. Cobain's death is the great loss of our time. His lyrics had personality and a sense of humor. His guitar work could be melodic and assaultive at the same time, like on Teen Spirit. His influence is clear both in lesser grunge bands and even now in the far less imaginative bands creating the garbage of today's rock radio. MTV Unplugged, with its sadly subdued tone, foreshadowed Cobain's death but also showed a versatility that indicates that he could have had a long, interesting career. Nevermind also has good variety. If you only know the songs from the radio, On A Plain, Breed and Drain You are just as strong.

Here's what others reviewers have to say:

"...The culmination of 10 years of post-punk, and a reinvention of the style for a new generation....Smart, sarcastic rock, noisy and catchy and unabashedly confused, that zoomed from a collegiate cult following into the Top 10 without a hint of appeasement..." New York Times  1/1/92

Ranked #1 in AP's list of the `Top 99 of '85-'95' - "...this Seattle trio, for better or for worse, actually deserved the literal heaps of attention that pursued them. ...[Nirvana] broke into and stole the hearts of this generation because Sir Cobain could write an incredibly catchy song...[with] lyrics that were not shallow treatises..." Alternative Press 7/95, p.75

Reader Feedback

I think the cd Nevermind By Nirvana was the greatest cd ever! Kurt had sooo much talent. I'm inspired by him. He could write lyric's and play the guitar sssoooo well. I love him and Nirvana.    --Yeah



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