Nevermind

Nirvana - Nevermind
Critic Score
Based on 5 reviews
1991 Ratings: #32 / 410
User Score
1991 Ratings: #5
September 24, 1991 / Release Date
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CRITIC REVIEWS

100
AllMusic

In retrospect, Nevermind may seem a little too unassuming for its mythic status -- it's simply a great modern punk record -- but even though it may no longer seem life-changing, it is certainly life-affirming, which may just be better.

100
Spin

Bitterly sloppy, but still way catchy, this classic let metalheads feel like tortured punks.

91
Entertainment Weekly

The music — fuzz-blast guitars, throbbing bass — roars and spits with enough in-your-face bluster to make your compact disc skip; left-of-center rock rarely sounds as alive as the metallic punk of ”Smells Like Teen Spirit”.

90
NME

Nirvana have made an LP which is not only better than anything they've done before, it'll stand up as a new reference point for the future post-hardcore generation.

80
Rolling Stone

Too often, underground bands squander their spunk on records they're not ready to make, then burn out their energy and inspiration with uphill touring. Nevermind finds Nirvana at the crossroads — scrappy garageland warriors setting their sights on a land of giants.

morningsbell
67
Grunge was the 90s' equivalent to depressing Soundcloud rappers wasn't it?

Look, there are some great riffs and such, but A LOT of the songs here aren't anything special or well developed for me to see eye to eye with people praising this album as a classic. This has way more cultural significance than it has in musical merits and consistency. For a grunge band attempting to pull off damaged and filthy riffs, a part of this album's production is too clean to serve the musical vision that Kurt ... read more
PipePanic
99
You know what this album is. You know the singles, you know the deep cuts, you know the whole thing back to front. You know the heavy, loud, and crazy energetic bangers. You know the more quiet, subdue moments. You know the ferocious drumming, the fierce bass work, the screaming guitars, and the harrowing vocals. You know it because it's Nirvana, and it's one of the greatest albums of the 90s.

Favorite jams: Territorial Pissings, Breed, In Bloom

Lest favorite: Uh...Lounge Act?
BradTasteMusic
94
Issa classic

Instantly catchy, clever writing, incredible melodies
It may not be as abrasive as In Utero, but this is acclaimed for a good reason. It sounds absolutely fantastic.
Gyro64
80
Territorial Pissings is absolutely amazing,

the rest of the album? Yeah it's ok.
Doofy
99
The nostalgia with this album is starting to terrify me, something about listening to the whole album, letting the tracks flow together and being transported back - it's getting really visceral.

I must have listened to this a couple of hundred times between 1991 and 1993. It's all getting too much.
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Year End Lists

#3/Spin

Track List

  1. Smells Like Teen Spirit 
  2. In Bloom 
  3. Come As You Are 
  4. Breed 
  5. Lithium 
  6. Polly 
  7. Territorial Pissings 
  8. Drain You 
  9. Lounge Act 
  10. Stay Away 
  11. On A Plain 
  12. Something In The Way
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