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Old 09-06-2007, 02:21 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Classic Albums: Nirvana - "Bleach"

Hi, welcome to my first review. I chose "Bleach" because it's Nirvana's most under-rated album. While many hardcore fans cherish this album as a classic, its remains mainly unheard of to the general Nirvana-loving public. So why don't we start with the first track and work our way down?

"Blew" – 2:54

An awesome dark song with a great intro, if a bit reppetitive.
3 stars our of 5.

"Floyd the Barber" – 2:18

3 stars out of 5.

"About a Girl" – 2:48

The closest you'll ever hear to a love song from Nirvana. Cobain was taking a major risk putting such an uptempo pop song on a grunge album. However, it majorly payed off in this masterpeice.
4 and a half out of 5.

"School" – 2:42

No recess! What an intro! What a chorus! What a song!

5 out of 5

"Love Buzz" (Robbie van Leeuwen) – 3:35

3 out of 5

"Paper Cuts" – 4:06

4 out of 5

"Negative Creep" – 2:56

This is for the true Nirvana fan. Negitive Creep is a dark, loud, somewhat disturbing song, and I love it. The intensity in Cobains voice is superb. However, being a man of the people, I can't give this one 5 starts, simply because I know many people would not agree with me.

4 and a half out of 5

"Scoff" – 4:10
"Swap Meet" – 3:03
"Mr. Moustache" – 3:24
"Sifting" – 5:22
"Big Cheese" – 3:42

All pretty good songs, deserving at least, a

3 out of 5

"Downer" (only on CD version) – 1:43

In Cobain's attempt at describing the existence of the human race, the bass levels hit an unusal level of awesomeness, making a really good song, even if the vocals are a little low for my liking.

4 and a half stars out of 5

Overall:

Of the three albums Nirvana has released (While Kurt Cobain was alive anyway), this ranks number 3. And yet, if I were to listen to this without hearing any of Nirvana's other material (Teen Spirit, Heart-Shaped Box, ect.) I would quickly become a Nirvana fan.

3 and a half stars out of 5
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Old 09-07-2007, 02:27 AM   #2 (permalink)
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I personally prefer Bleach to any other Nirvana album, only because the sound of Nevermind has been repeated countlessly and I just don't care for In Utero.
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Old 09-07-2007, 09:58 AM   #3 (permalink)
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Yeah, if your looking for raw sound, Bleach is the way to go. I personally prefer uncensored emotional writing of In Utero.
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Old 09-12-2007, 12:03 PM   #4 (permalink)
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I actually drag out Incesticide more than the other albums, but can't deny the power of Bleach, Nirvana at their rawest
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Old 07-31-2011, 03:37 PM   #5 (permalink)
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Thumbs up 8.5/10

It's a great album. Very gritty, whilst still being catchy. I don't know how they got so popular.. 8.5/10
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currently my fave Nirvana album
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Old 08-02-2011, 01:29 PM   #7 (permalink)
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Probably my least favorite Nirvana release, while it is not awful, it showcases a band that has yet to find their own voice and identity. Much like "Pablo Honey" by Radiohead or "World of Noise" by Everclear.. Albums that are good for a rough document of a band that would soon come out with something more unique. Bleach to me is a good album, but not a great one... apart from "About A Girl" nothing really stands out the way it did on future releases. Pretty typical release from Sub Pop.
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Old 08-02-2011, 07:35 PM   #8 (permalink)
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I like the "raw" Nirvana sound and style of Bleach. Its unlike the later on "popular" Nirvana sound (albums) like "In Utero" for example.
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Old 08-02-2011, 07:55 PM   #9 (permalink)
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Yeah, I'd say it isn't as good as In Utero or Nevermind. To me it's the hipster's favourite album, the other two are of course far too mainstream to name-drop.

I appreciate the ethos driving Bleach, and I like the sound, the material on the whole just doesn't measure up to their later releases.
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Old 08-02-2011, 10:43 PM   #10 (permalink)
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I really like "big cheese" ,it's a very intense album.

However, i gotta agree with stu. The song writing just is nowhere near as strong as nevermind or in utero.
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