Nirvana, Bleach (1989)
I like Bleach, it’s the Nirvana album I listen to the most. People talk about how horrible it sounds but they say that like it’s a bad thing!? The drumming is often horrible too (but there are the tracks with Dale Crover, a major improvement compared with Chad Channing’s work). I had a friend that played me this album before Nevermind; I paid it no mind. Then Nevermind was released. And everywhere. And I snapped up everything by Nirvana that was released in the wake (Incesticide, the re-released Bleach, various singles and live recordings). Bleach is an angry album but it shows that pop-songs can hide within metal/grunge. This would be refined and polished then made raw again as Nirvana continued but to me it was always the band’s greatest strength. Kurt Cobain couldn’t sing, he couldn’t play the guitar very well but he could write; he crafted some decent tunes. And here he also showed he knew a good cover too. I bought a copy of Bleach on vinyl a couple of years ago and shared it with old school friends – a reunion of sorts. We were all together, having some drinks, about to head off to one of the first Head Like A Hole reunion shows. It couldn’t have been more perfect. (I said in the first line that Bleach is the Nirvana album I listen to most. And that’s true. But it’s not my favourite. My favourite is the one I haven’t mentioned).
Sample Track: School
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