One day, I traded AFI's Sing The Sorrow to my friend (I don't like that CD anymore) for Nirvana's Bleach. I am proud to say that my friend (who really isn't my friend) got ripped off. This CD is 10x better than AFI's.
This is a really grungy record, and it might not be everybody's cup of tea (lots of feedback and distortion envelop most of the songs). And it was recorded for 600 dollars, but it sounds like the best that 600 dollars can buy. To new Nirvana fans, I would recommend buying Nevermind or the greatest hits collection first. I would even go far to say that you should buy this CD last.
Even if it isn't their best, nor their most listenable (the same could be said for In Utero [a classic] or From The Muddy Banks Of The Wishka [a sub-par album]), it is MY favorite Nirvana CD. I must admit, I like them more when they are sloppy and laid back than when they are souped up with glossy production. Kurt Cobain's guitar playing has never been louder and sloppier, and his singing voice isn't always on key, but thats what I like about it. Krist Novoselic's bass is thick and boomy, just the way it should be. Chad Channing....he is no Dave Grohl, and compared to Dave, he sucks. But he hits those skins hard, and it suits the music well.
My favorite songs on this album are Floyd The Barber, School, and Negative Creep.
Overall, if you like grunge, or are a big fan of Nirvana, you will love this CD. Newcomers and non-believers, look elsewhere.