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Album · 1991


1. Smells Like Teen Spirit (5:01)
2. In Bloom (4:14)
3. Come as You Are (3:39)
4. Breed (3:03)
5. Lithium (4:17)
6. Polly (2:57)
7. Territorial Pissings (2:22)
8. Drain You (3:43)
9. Lounge Act (2:36)
10. Stay Away (3:32)
11. On a Plain (3:16)
12. Something in the Way (3:55) / Endless, Nameless (6:44) (hidden track on some editions, separated by approximately fifteen minutes of silence after the last song)

2011 Deluxe Edition CD 1 bonus tracks (B-sides):
13. Endless, Nameless
14. Even in His Youth
15. Aneurysm
16. Curmudgeon
17. D-7
18. Been a Son (Live)
19. School (Live)
20. Drain You (Live)
21. Sliver (Live)
22. Polly (Live)

2011 Deluxe Edition CD 2 (The Smart Studio Sessions, The Boombox Rehearsals, BBC Sessions):
1. In Bloom
2. Breed (Immodium)
3. Lithium
4. Polly
5. Pay to Play
6. Here She Comes Now
7. Dive
8. Sappy
9. Smells Like Teen Spirit
10. Verse Chorus Verse
11. Territorial Pissings
12. Lounge Act
13. Come as You Are
14. Old Age
15. Something in the Way
16. On a Plain
17. Drain You (Live)
18. Something in the Way (Live)

2011 Super Deluxe Edition CD 3 (The Devonshire Mixes):
1. Smells Like Teen Spirit
2. In Bloom
3. Come as You Are
4. Breed
5. Lithium
6. Territorial Pissings
7. Drain You
8. Lounge Act
9. Stay Away
10. On a Plain
11. Something in the Way

2011 Super Deluxe Edition CD 4 (Live at The Paramount Theatre, Seattle, Washington on October 31, 1991):
1. Jesus Doesn't Want Me for a Sunbeam
2. Aneurysm
3. Drain You
4. School
5. Floyd the Barber
6. Smells Like Teen Spirit
7. About a Girl
8. Polly
9. Breed
10. Sliver
11. Love Buzz
12. Lithium
13. Been A Son
14. Negative Creep
15. On a Plain
16. Blew
17. Rape Me
18. Territorial Pissings
19. Endless, Nameless

2011 Super Deluxe Edition DVD:
1-19. Live at the Paramount Theatre
20. Smells Like Teen Spirit (music video)
21. Come As You Are (music video)
22. Lithium (music video)
23. In Bloom (music video)


- Kurt Cobain / vocals, guitars
- Krist Novoselic / bass, vocals (as Chris Novoselic)
- Dave Grohl / drums, vocals
- Chad Channing / cymbals on Polly (uncredited)
- Kirk Canning / cello on Something in the Way

About this release

1991 - DGC(US)(Europe)(Australia)CD/LP
1992 - DGC(US)(Canada) CD: bonus tracks
1996 - Mobile Fidelity(US) CD: gold disc, remastered, limited edition
1996 - Mobile Fidelity(US) LP: reissue, 190 gram, remastered
2001 - Geffen(Europe) CD
2007 - Universal(Japan) CD/LP: limited edition, remastered
2008 - DGC(Europe) LP: reissue, 180 gram, remastered
2008 - Universal(Japan) SHM-CD: CD sized album replica, gatefold, bonus tracks, remastered, numbered edition
2009 - ORG(US) LP: 180 gram
2011 - UMe(UK) CD: box set, bonus CD, bonus DVD, deluxe edition

Thanks to cannon for the addition and Pekka for the updates


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Eeeh, I dunno guys. Maybe it's just a side effect of the band getting masses of overexposure but I never really got into the whole Nirvana thing. Don't get me wrong, Nevermind is a perfectly competent collection of commercially palatable songs complete with at least one bouncy part per song for the kids to pogo to - it's kind of a grunge take on pop-punk in that respect - I just don't see that it does anything very revolutionary or evolutionary, especially when compared to the band's influences. The gang aren't doing anything hot or exciting or new here, they're just cranking the wheel on a formulaic songwriting machine until they get enough material for an album.
"Nevermind" is the 2nd full-length studio album by US hard rock/alternative rock act Nirvana. The album was released through DGC Records (a sub label to Universal Music Group) in September 1991. Alledgedly the label expected that "Nevermind" would sell around 200.000 - 250.000 copies if it became successful, but because of the success of "Smells Like Teen Spirit", which received heavy rotation on MTV, "Nevermind" soon sold so many copies that the label´s sales stragedy for the album became completely useless. At the hight of the album´s success it sold around 300.000 copies a week. "Nevermind" has sold around 30 million copies worldwide, making it one of the best selling albums ever. There are probably a number of reasons why the album became this successful including a fatique, among fans of harder edged rock music, over the eighties glam rock/metal scene that had dominated the last decade. In the end it was probably the combination of the right timing, a good album that touched people and excellent promotion.

"Bleach (1989)" had provided the band with some minor success but main songwriter Kurt Cobain felt the need to write more melodic material and at the same time Nirvana opted to leave the Sub Pop label and sign to a major label. Producer Butch Vig gave the band´s sound enough polish for even the most hard edged punked material to have mainstream appeal. I guess "Territorial Pissings" might be the exception, but even that track, which is the most noisy track on the album is pretty sweet on the ears except the the ending of the track where Kurt Cobain screams his lungs out. The four single tracks from the album "Smells Like Teen Spirit", "Come as You Are", "Lithium" and "In Bloom" are probably the most known songs from "Nevermind" but most tracks are actually pretty noteworthy and memorable.

The songs are pretty simple vers/chorus structured, typically with subdued verses and more energetic and loud choruses, making good use of dynamics for effect. "Nevermind" is an album that successfully alternates between mellow almost drowsy sounding sections and bursts of aggressive energy. It´s also an album with a nice flow. It´s the kind of album where all the pieces seem to fit in the right places.

...after not having listened to "Nevermind" for many years, I was pretty amazed to learn that I could remember each track, vocal line and melody to perfection and I had a great time listening to the album while doing all that remembering. Often it´s only the truly great albums where you feel right at home, when putting them on and such is certainly the case with "Nevermind". It´s still an album that stands out from the crowd and a 4 star (80%) rating is deserved.
August 25th 1991, it's a sunny Sunday morning when I enter the Festival grounds of the Belgian alternative rock festval Pukkelpop (the one that got thrashed in a storm this year). It's pretty quiet still, there's a small crowd in front of the stage looking at the first (or maybe second) gig that day, it's a last minute replacement for the absent Limbomaniacs so it seems. It sounded pretty cool so I work my way to the stage and get to the front row pretty easily, the band set in their next song and a musical tornado hit me.

Drums, bass, one guitar and a voice like sandpaper. All of it with the raw power of pure rocking punk like we hadn't heard it since the end of the 70s, or maybe even all the way back to the end of the 60s when the Stooges ravished the earth. I don't remember which exact songs were played but the 20 minutes that the gig lasted left an impression I'll never forget. And one that none of the remainder of the acts could top, though it was quite a bill with Dinosaur Jr, Sonic Youth, Frank Black, Pogues, Ramones. Olé!

One month later or so, that obscure opening band released their sophomore album 'Nevermind', a collection of amazing and powerful punk songs and moody stripped-down ballads, but with a streamlined sound compared to the live gig. The rest is history. Synths and drum computers were referred to the trash bin, guitars and rock ruled the land again.

Ok, this review doesn't say all too much about the music on this album. But is that still necessary in this case?
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Smells like teen spirit...

Genre: grunge

Let it be known that I generally never liked Nirvana. I have always thought that they were overrated and that their music was generally boring. Still, this particular release is well nigh a masterpiece for at least reasons.

First off, its stripped down sound and musical minimalism gave metal music a well-deserved kick in the ass. Mainstream metal had become too pompous, too cheesy and the hair too tall. It was all whistles and bells and hairspray and no heart and soul. With "Nevermind", Nirvana and the grunge movement they represented took rock music back to its roots and virtually killed hair metal, cock rock, and all those cheesy metal genres of the 80s overnight. Sadly, more interesting metal genres also fell victim and were thrown back into the underground where they would flourish and develop into new even more extreme forms of metal. "Nevermind" forced metal to take a good look in the mirror and reconsider its life, and, had it not been for releases like "Nevermind" metal might have just kept growing and growing till it imploded on itself.

Secondly, despite all the emo teen shoegazing self-pity on this album, "Nevermind" is nonetheless a very expressive album, and the raw energy of the simplistic music itself is one of the things that make this album truly unique.

Thirdly, simple though it is with its three-chord and four-chord songs, Nirvana's music on this album is really dark, depressive and catchy as hell, as the simple riffs, guitar figures and vocal melodies have something unique and appealing to them (Nirvana stayed simple throughout the rest of their career, but failed miserably at capturing the unique atmosphere of this album).

"Nevermind" is a one-off, and outstanding album by a sub par rock band, which redefined metal and rock music in general. Unfortunately, many people abandoned metal completely because of this album, which was not necessary (I mean if I could listen to Nuclear Assault, Nirvana, Helmet, Judas Priest, and Megadeth on my walkman the same day, then, surely, so could a lot of other teens at the time), but you cannot blame this album for that. "Nevermind" is an inescapable part of the metal landscape.

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OK so this is THE grunge album right. A masterpiece and yet even I can play some of the bass lines. But that’s the beauty of it. There is nothing complex about it, no virtuosity. But good composition and good performance are not always about all that are they. This album is a perfect example of everything falling into place, of the three members of the band being perfectly in balance. It will sound trite to say it I know but it is just so sad that despite the happiness that the songs Kurt Cobain wrote for this album have given to so many people, they did not make him happy enough.

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