You can be a Nirvana fan or not and still love this album, I bet my life on it. If you don't I honestly don't know how you can't. From the beginning to the end, the tracks are filled with honesty, emotion, and plain rock. Nirvana is the best band of the early 90s, they changed the world of rock music, and today every band, artist, and wannabe, tries so hard to imulate them. But they can't hold a candle to him. Kurt Also said after listening his favorite albums "All these albums i can listen to all the way through, there are no bad songs, and that's what you get on Nevermind". Well Kurt you did it again with this record.
The first track "You Know You're Right", was the last song Kurt ever recorded, honestly It is possibly his best song he ever made. The lyrics and his way of expressing them makes everybody understand how troubled he was when he killed himself. They way he holds the word pain for what seems like forever, is so moving, and easily to relate to. One other review wrote "The resulting "You Know You're Right" locates Cobain at the apogee of his disenfranchisement with tongue nevertheless planted firmly in cheek. Bawdy, raucous, and venomous, "You Know You're Right" could have been lifted from Nevermind." Kim Hughes actually wrote that, and i agree.
Then there are "Been A Son" and "About A Girl." In Been A Son he does something a little different with his voice, singing in one key the whole time. Saying the line "She should of been a son" over and over again. About a girl, is nothing like been a son, driven by drums. "Sliver" is one of my favorite tracks, Kurt talks about everyday things but somehow seems to make it deep. It's about his life growing up, and he repeats "Grandma take me home". It's definetly a hard rock song, and played well.
"Smells Like Teen Spirit" is quite possibly the best song ever, and the bands best. If you don't know this song, hurry up and get out of that cave you been in for 10 years. Also the whole group wrote it, which is the only track they did. "Come As You Are" could be as close to a love song, only they rock it, kinda like sweet child o mine. Only its Kurt so it's not gonna be like I love you crap. The guitar is great and the solo is amazing.
"I'm so happy, cause today i found my friends their in my head." Lithium is an anthem, where he expresses all emotions, he sounds happy, sad, and just plain confused about everything. Heart-Shaped Box is my favorite off this album, "Hey, Haight, I Got A New Complaint." Lyrically this is their best...everything just comes together perfectly. There is little drums and more guitar.
"In Bloom" "He's the one who likes all our pretty songs...but he don't know what it means." It's a good song, just like all the others, it's on a different level from bands today. "Rape Me" and "Dumb" are equally amazing. Dumb expresses kurt's confussion, with insecurities, he softly sings maybe expressing that he doesn't want people to know, as if he is embarassed. "Pennyroyal Tea" is a remix by producer Scott Litt's in 1994. Kurt wasn't happy with it and thought it never sounded like it should, well after his death they made it right.
"All Apologies" from Mtv Unplugged Session, that was live. "What else can i say, all apologies." Describes the basis of the song, "All Alone is all we are". I can definetly relate to that. Than there is "The Man Who Sold The World" orginally written by David Bowie that was also live. The last song on the album but certainly not better or worse than the first. Kurt is better live, which is few times done.
This album is worth every penny, I also recommend "Nevermind" and the rest of Nirvana's music. If you don't have a Nirvana cd, buy this one, you won't be disappointed.