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Nevermind (album) by Nirvana 

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Nevermind by Nirvana (1991)
Overall rank: 6th   Overall chart history
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Accolades: Best album of 1991 (1st)
Top 10 albums of the 1990s (2nd)
Top 10 albums of all time (6th)

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From Eastwood 12/10/2014 22:41
Keeping this album in perspective, 95/100 is more realistical, instead of my former maximum rating. I've listened to so many beautiful albums meanwhile, I simply have to correct my classification of this special album (relativization).
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From F1Aaron 12/07/2014 01:08
Lounge Act is my favorite track
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From jomth 11/30/2014 12:55
I think I do respect other people opinions and tastes,
But for god sake this album is nowhere near the top 10 not even mention in NO 6.
Don't get me wrong .It's a pretty good album that made Grunge popularized in the mainstream but again it's just not that great anyway.
too much overrated
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From Dravahh 11/29/2014 23:28
Good, but still pretty overrated.
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From Eastwood 11/26/2014 14:00
Outstanding grunge album. Best 5 songs average is 96/100 only, but album gets maximum rating. It's the overall impression and it's got an exceptional position for me. Best songs with full scoring: "Smells like...", "In bloom" and "Come as...". Followed by "Polly", "On a plane" and "Something in the way" all 90/100. All other songs good 85/100, except "Territorial..." is average only.
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From makerofbuckets 11/09/2014 03:55
I like the first half, but the second half is mostly forgettable IMO
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From rxaxp 10/19/2014 12:37
As Ryan Shreiber once said: "Anyone who hates this record today is just trying to be cool, and needs to be trying harder."
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From nutso42 10/18/2014 01:33
Yeah, certainly the most overrated album of all time.
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From Mez123 10/13/2014 20:31
This album changed the current landscape of popular music. Grunge was christened & hair bands were waning & out of style. Such angst here & a monumental release. Only track I usually skip is "territorial Pissings". A+++ masterpiece! MEZ
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From jackbrown8786 10/08/2014 20:38
"Nevermind" by Nirvana is currently ranked by the Rolling Stone magazine as the 17th greatest album of all time. This is due entirely to ignorance and bias. First off, the main riff of "Smells Like Teen Spirit" is stolen from Venom. Venom is Metallica's biggest influence, along with every other early-mid 80's black, death, and thrash metal band. Among extreme metal enthusiasts, Venom's "Black Metal" album is widely considered to be among the very best the genres have to offer, on which the song "Countess Bathory" can be heard. Its riff has the same exact melody of the main riff of "Smells Like Teen Spirit."

Besides the fact that it's stolen and therefore invalid to begin with, the song's lyrics couldn't be worse:

a mulato
an albino
a mosquito
my libido, yeah
hey [x3]

Don't forget the other chorus:

hello, hello, hello, how low [x2]

Most choruses on this album are nonsensical 2-3 word phrases like this. The song does have a great solo, and even an intro! Even if the intro is just the main riff (still stolen) in acoustic form. Sadly, this is more than I can say for the rest of the album.

"Come As You Are," the 2nd most popular song from this album, is also stolen. This time it's stolen from Killing Joke, another band widely considered to be responsible for influencing an entire genre. The song is called "Eighties," and while the melody isn't identical, it's still the same notes, the same sound, but just slightly switched up. There's also the fact that the "chorus" of "Come As You Are" is just 1 simple word, repeated a few times....

The next most popular song on the album might be "Lithium." At least it's not stolen, but there's no great riff to speak of anyway. this one's chorus goes, "yeah yeah yeah yeah yeah yeah......" He says it 24 times. Oh, this is also another of Nirvana's songs that has more than 1 chorus. The 2nd chorus goes like this, "I [X] you, I'm not gonna crack." Substitute "X" for simple go-to words like "kill," "like," "miss," and "love." Repeat 8, yes EIGHT, full times.

It seems to be popular for its soft verses followed by hard choruses. I'll dare to say that The Pixies have done it better on Doolittle. I'm not quite sure how I could do this, but it might have something to do with the fact that the "loud rocking choruses" here are meaningless and empty repetitions of "yeah" that gives me the gall....

I don't even believe Kurt Cobain himself liked the album. I take the message of the song "In Bloom" to be "this is pop trash, but you morons are all going to sing along with it, aren't you?" the chorus:

he's the one
who likes
all our pretty songs
and he
likes to sing along
and he
likes to shoot his gun
but he
knows not what it means [x3]
when I say "yeah"

It's also got this to say in one of its very short verses:

we can have some more
nature is a whore

He isn't much of a poet, is he? You might think that I'm biased and just quoting the very worst of it to make it look bad, but honestly the rest of it isn't much better. Let's take a look at "Breed" for example. The song's structure isn't, "intro, verse 1, bridge, solo, chorus, verse 2, chorus, outro," or something similar that you'd expect from a great song.... This one goes, "chorus 1, chorus 2, chorus 1, chorus 2." To each their own, I suppose. Besides that though, let's take a look at these choruses:

I don't care, I don't care, I don't care, I don't care, I don't care
care if it's sold
I don't mind, I don't mind, I don't mind, I don't mind, I don't mind
don't have a mind

Ugh, actually enough of that one. Next chorus:

even if you have
even if you need
I don't mean to stare
we don't have to breed
we can plant a house
we can build a tree

Ugh, ditto for this one. It seems like giving it too much credit to even call it poetry's all time low. First grade grammar and vocabulary to boot. It doesn't get any worse. The nouns, like most on the album, couldn't be any more generic. The verbs couldn't be any more common. I'm not even talking about the overuse of the verb "is" or its forms. When they're using other verbs, they're as ineffective as "plant," and "build." These words are actually bigger than the average word he uses as well. The lines of this simple chorus (4-5 words long) are longer than the lines of his average verse.

Take "Polly" for example. The chorus:

Isn't me
have a seat
let me clip
dirty wings
let me take a ride
cut yourself
want some help
please myself
got some rope
haven't told
promise you
I'll be true
let me take a ride
cut yourself
want some help
please myself

Mostly 2-3 word phrases using exclusively elementary school vocabulary. The music behind it is just as simple. There is little to no bass or drums. The guitar is the same 3 second melody played from the first to the very last second of the song. It's truly terrible. The verses are all 4 short lines each, and just go to show that he can't rhyme and have meaning at the same time. This is one of the few times where he chooses meaning over rhyme, and it's just disturbing:

she asked me to untie her
a chase would be nice for a few

Notice how it's still simple.... The verses do devolve though, somehow. It's incredible that they could become any weaker, but in "Territorial Pissings" (huge words for this album, by the way!) the verses are a single sentence each. I'll nominate this one for the worst verse of all time while I'm at it:

never met a wise man, if so it's a woman

Thinking about it, it becomes clear why he usually sticks to collections of 2 and 3 word phrases. "If, then" statements don't even work like that, didn't anyone tell him to maybe change the lyrics? How do you logically come to the conclusion that, given something that has never happened, if it were to happen, it would have happened in such a way as to make the statement that it never happened still technically true? It's just logically impossible. He also seems to forget mid sentence what tense he's using. How many things could possibly be wrong with 1 verse, especially seeing as how it's just 1 sentence? It's just awful. I challenge anyone to find more wrong with any verse in history (per word of the verse).

The album closes with a weird, experimental track. Kurt admits influence from John Lennon, but hasn't anyone noticed the connection with this final song? How could it not immediately bring to mind the last track of "Revolver" (what I believe to be The Beatles' best album, why The Rolling Stone has it below "Pet Sounds" I can only guess to be because they didn't want 2 Beatles albums in a row on their list....).

There's not much more I can say about the rest of the songs that wouldn't sound like I'm repeating myself more than it already does. I will point out the fact that "Stay Away" ends with the less-than-poignant:

god is gaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa-ay

I guess it rhymes with the previous lyric "stay away"? It's laughable, really. Part of me almost feels like these guys are too stupid to even honorably poke fun at, and I wouldn't if it wasn't so highly rated (or if I cared in the slightest for honor). Something just needs to be said though....

"Nevermind" is by far the most overrated album of all time and this needs to get out. It deserves far less credit than it gets. Its popularity is due to 90's teens in their "I DON'T CARE, WHATEVER! NO MOM, GIVE ME SOME DAMN SPACE WHY DON'T YOU? LIKE, NO I DON'T WANT ANY COOKIES! I'M GOING THROUGH SOME SERIOUS *&^% RIGHT NOW! NOBODY UNDERSTANDS ME!" phase that only pathetic, angsty, immature children can go through. It deserves no more recognition than any Backstreet Boys album has gotten.

I'm sorry if the truth was too hurtful, but it's not "just opinion" any more than "Jimi Hendrix is a better guitarist than my grandmother" is an "opinion." It's an unforgivable insult to every album above it on the greatest list in Rolling Stone magazine. I'm asking society to please rethink it. Is it too soon to criticize it yet? Will I have to wait another generation? Do yourself a favor, get out of denial, and accept the facts already: Nevermind sucks. The world will be a much better place.
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Best Albums of 1991
1. Nevermind by Nirvana
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