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Nevermind The 80s.

Reviewing: Nirvana Nevermind  |  Rating:
By Ollie Evans on
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The album starts, the excitement begins. The first heart pumping riff proceeds, and an overwhelming sense of anticipation kicks in, preparing listeners for one of the most famous drum drops in music history. The opening track "Smells Like Teen Spirit" really does set the scene perfectly for this ground-breaking album.

The consistently simple, yet effective guitar parts open the door for Kurt Cobain and his suspiciously poppy melodies to gain acclaim beyond the band's imagination. Throughout the album, the exceptional link between Krist and Dave creates a precise underlying groove, which is often underestimated.

For anyone looking for an escape from your everyday generic lyrics, this is the album for you. The song "Polly" takes the view of a kidnapping torturer, "Smells like teen spirit" explores the issues of teenage life, and "Something In The Way" gives an insight into the time when Kurt Cobain supposedly lived under the Wishkah Bridge. I'd be lying if I claimed to understand some of the lyrical meaning, but who says that's a bad thing? Listeners can perceive the meanings in their own way, and create personal relations to every word. Kurt's alternative, yet controversial, view of life is emphasised throughout the album. "Sell the kids for food" is the quietly mumbled opening line from the song "In Bloom", whilst the statement "God is gay" is screamed out at the end of the track "Stay Away".

Despite the album having a reasonable flow to it, you can't help but feel that there is room for one more "slow" song. "Polly" and "Something In The Way" both create a necessary contrast, but one more break in the album certainly wouldn't be amiss. It's incredible to understand how three musicians can create such power and intensity, but I'm sure even the most greasy grunge-head would struggle to manage five adrenaline pumping tracks without some form of come down, even if it is just temporary.

Nevermind proved that there was no looking back. Nirvana had shown the world that there was no more room for electronic programming, and just keyboards in general. Music would certainly never be the same again.