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© DGC Records

Year of Release: 1991

track listing
  • Smells Like Teen Spirit
  • In Bloom
  • Come As You Are
  • Breed
  • Lithium
  • Polly
  • Territorial Pissings
  • Drain You
  • Lounge Act
  • Stay Away
  • On A Plain
  • Something In The Way
  • 13:41 (Untitled)

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    With last week's review of Stone Temple Pilots, we spend another week in the category of Grunge music, which became the "fresh air" for music in the early 1990s. Like Elvis Presley in the 1950s, he would spark what would become a lifetime trend, Rock N Roll Music. Seattle's Nirvana ignited another spark for what would become Grunge Music, a popular source of music born in the early Nineties, and continuing today.

    Nirvana had one album, an EP, and personnel changes before their landmark album Nevermind was released in 1991. Nevermind featured so many great tunes, where they received heavy airplay on Alternative Rock stations, and would also become one of the best albums ever recorded of all time.

    The two songs that stand out the most, were Smells Like Teen Spirit and Come As Your Are. Both of these songs received the parody treatment, where Weird Al Yankovic's album Off The Deep End would feature its album cover similar to Nevermind, and his parody song, "Smells Like Nirvana." Yankovic received permission from Nirvana to use this song. For Yankovic's video, he incorporated all of the people who particpated in the original Nirvana video, less the Nirvana members. "Come As You Are" would later be featured on an Elvis Presley imitator CD, by a 31-year-old Belfast postman by the name of James Brown, who credited his name as The King. His album Gravelands would consist of songs by well-known artists who had passed on, in the style of Elvis, and Brown's vocal abilities are quite accurate; you could actually imagine that it is the real Elvis singing, if you just let your imagination travel in that direction.

    Other radio airplay favorites include "In Bloom," "Breed," and "Lithium." "In Bloom" and "Breed" have the great hard-rocking Grunge sound, where "Lithium" has a more accoustic soft sound, which increases to its way into the hard-rock Alternative Grunge style. We can also say the same for "Polly," having an accoustic sound, yet its Unplugged sound continues throughout the entire length of the song.

    "Territorial Pissings" and "Drain You" have the Alternative meets Punk, giving Punk music an updated sound. "Lounge Act" continues the Alternative Grunge sound, likewise "Stay Away" returns to the updated Punk style. We can see the influence of the Sex Pistols in these songs, having angry-man sounding vocals, hard-driving guitars and constant drumming.

    "On A Plain" would define the sound of Alternative/Grunge bands that would follow Nirvana. Having a more Rock and Grunge sound than the updated merge with Punk, it would shape the foundations for future bands to come in the style of Alternative/Grunge Rock. The album's closing tune is a clocked as 20 minutes -- yet "Something In The Way" is actuall close to a 4-minute song. There is dead silence until the 13:41 mark, where we hear some "unusual" music, with primal screams, loud music, and a guitar riff having a sound that could easily relate to a James Bond movie. This overall sound would later be heard in future bands, such as Nine Inch Nails and Korn. We'll call this track "13:41" where the music starts, and having no actual title on the CD's liner notes, it's "Untitled" as well.

    Nirvana wanted to display their interest in Punk music to a wider audience. With Nevermind, not only would it relate to Punk, but it would create a whole new sound, called Grunge, and become part of the Alternative Rock environment. Nirvana would become an influence to many who would come after them. Fans of Nirvana were looking to the future, until April 5, 1994, when lead singer Kurt Cobain had taken his life, by shooting himself. We can only imagine what Cobain and Nirvana's music would later become. Yet his music is still influenced by many, Cobain left behind a trend that would become part of the ever-changing world of popular music, and become an artist who would spark that next chapter -- Alternative/Grunge Rock music, just like Elvis did in the 1950s, and the Beatles in the Sixties.

    Nevermind is truly considered one of the best albums ever made. Ranked in the Top 10 on VH-1's Best Albums, many fans and critics can easily agree that this album is a classic, and will influence far many more in years to come.

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