Nirvana’s Nevermind 20 Years Later

This month is the 20th anniversary of one of music’s most influential album releases.  The rock band Nirvana released its second album ‘Nevermind’ on September 24, 1991.   If you haven’t listened to it in awhile or have never listened to the whole thing, maybe it’s time for a re-visit.  This album became a huge commercial success by the end of 1991 and is considered one of the best rock albums of all time. There is no surprise as to how the frontman, Kurt Cobain could immediately connect with the people through this album as the music created by him and his band is absolutely haunting.   The main grunge and alternative rock comes out perfectly through the high power songs and puts the album right at the top of rock lovers’ favorite album list.

The first single, “Smells Like Teen Spirit” shot to fame and also popularized Nirvana as a band. It is also featured in the top ten rock songs of all time. This is just a hint of what the album has in store. Each song is so masterfully crafted with riffs that were simple yet mesmerizing. Over 30 million copies of ‘Nevermind’ have been sold to date.

Cobain produced the music in such a way that most of the songs are based on power chords and there is a vast shift within the songs ranging from loud and heavy to sudden soft patches which actually makes the songs interesting and catchy. Cobain had the idea that music should come first and lyrics should come second in the priority list. Yet the lyrics were masterpieces in their own right.

The entire album still creates a stirring experience to whoever hears it.  The distortion in “Come As You Are” and “In Bloom” sounds like the ‘watery’ effect which they wanted to create and the album is a must hear for all those die hard grunge fans.  It is definitely worth a listen for the first time or for the first time in a long time.

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