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Bleach [Original recording remastered]

Nirvana Audio CD
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (203 customer reviews)
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1. Blew
2. Floyd The Barber
3. About A Girl
4. School
5. Love Buzz
6. Paper Cuts
7. Negative Creep
8. Scoff
9. Swap Meet
10. Mr. Moustache
11. Sifting
12. Big Cheese
13. Downer

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When it first appeared, Bleach seemed like a tuneful approximation of what grunge rock in the Northwest United States was supposed to sound like--gruff, enraged, sometimes tuneful, sometimes silly. Singer Kurt Cobain had the pipes to belt out such power trash as "Mr. Moustache" and the Shocking Blue's "Love Buzz," but considering the sheer volume of frustrated tuneage coming out of Seattle in 1989, it was easy to miss Bleach's subtler textures. In retrospect, "Negative Creep" and "About a Girl" are the obvious standouts that point toward the strum and bang attack that would catapult Nevermind to the top of the charts. But this is also a band without drummer Dave Grohl; his predecessor, Chad Channing (and also the Melvins' Dale Crover), while competent, is no Grohl. Producer Jack Endino gave this album the best sound $600 could buy. --Rob O'Connor

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4.0 out of 5 stars The case for the defence... March 22 2004
Format:Audio CD
OK, we've just had two reasonably articulate and extremely scathing reviews of this album, and Nirvana's career in general. Hurling crude insults at a man who had an extremely short, troubled and painful life is a little bit cheap, but never mind. However, millions of people are Nirvana fans, and many of them like Bleach. I'm one of them. Here's why:
Bleach is the first of three studio albums recorded by Nirvana and catches them in a formative stage, playing dives and recording on a shoestring budget. It's the only album they recorded which isn't a stone-cold classic, but it's still worth shelling out for if you like the other two. Kurt's songwriting is still developing, and cuts towards the end of the album such as Swap Meet and Sifting are some of the few Nirvana songs that can be truthfully described as filler. But there are some gems on here, diamonds in the rough. About A Girl, apparently written after an afternoon of repeatedly listening to With The Beatles, is just the best known. The melody is possibly the best hook on the album, and although the Unplugged version is probably better this one is enjoyably ragged. Negative Creep is brilliant, a primitive, roaring riff with a demented scream of a vocal over the top of it. Blew, the opener, is another highlight - the downtuned riffing is typical of much of the rest of the album but the tune and, particularly, Kurt's delivery of it take it to the next level. The Love Buzz cover is also excellent, featuring a great performance on bass by Novoselic, who seems to stand out more than he did after Dave Grohl joined the band. The majority of the rest of the tracks are a good listen as well, growing on you with time.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Impressive Debut July 14 2004
Format:Audio CD
For $600, this album is amazing. The production value is quite good for this garage album. What I really love about this album is it's sound; they obviously used tube amps when recording, giving their music that nice, warm humming sound coming from Krist's bass and Kurt's guitar. Such tracks as "Love Buzz" and "About a Girl" are prime examples of the sound. As well, I really like Kurt's voice on this album in contrast to "Nevermind" or "In Utero" where he tends to scream incessently; his voice is more calm, more in control, and it has much better tone. As for the songs on the album, it is really hit or miss. You have the hits (Love Buzz, School, About a Girl, Big Cheese, Negative Creep), and the misses (Scoff, Mr. Moustache, Sifting, Downer). Although the album does not have pop-hit after pop-hit like Nevermind, nor does it contain the abstract qualities of In Utero, it stands as a great moment in Seattle music, or indie rock for that matter.
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4.0 out of 5 stars My favorite Nirvana album, but not the best... June 28 2004
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Format:Audio CD
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.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Nirvana's grungiest. June 12 2004
Format:Audio CD
This is Nirvana's first ever album. If you have no idea who they are do NOT buy this 'cause you will probably not buy this. If you have heard other Nirvana albums and you liked them, you will see a little difference in this one. The songs are:
Blew: A cool, catchy song to start you off. 5/5
Floyd the barber: This is quite a scary song when you listen to the lyrics, it's ok, but not as good as "Blew". 4/5
About a girl: You probably may know this one. It sounds different to a lot of the other songs, but it's good. 4/4
School: I didn't like this one very much because it was very repertative abd the onlu lyrics were "Won't you believe it it's just my luck", and "No recess" repeated loads of times. 3/5
Love buzz: Quite similar to "School" but better. Their first ever single. 4/5
Papercuts: Very grungy. Strange lyrics. I'm not sure on this one, it's ok, but the vocals are very slow. 3/5
Negative creep: Probably the grungiest track on the CD. Kurt's voice is very deep, but I quite like it. 4/5
Scoff: Again, not a lot of lyrics, but it lasts a while, and I like it. 4/5
Swap meet: I'm not sure on this one either... It's OK, but it's just too boring. 3/5
Mr. Moustache: My favourite track. Quite fast-paced, very grungy intro and good lyrics. 5/5
Sifting: Grungy guitar playing, again very slow vocals. It's too long. 3/5
Big cheese: The intro on this sounds a lot like the music from "Jaws". I don't get this song, but it's quite good. 4/5
Downer: Very, very fast-paced and very short. It only lasts about a minute and a half. 4/5
So, this is probably my least favourite Nirvana album, but I like a couple of tracks. Buy "Nevermind", then this, then "In utero", or "In utero", then this, then "Nvermind" if you want my advice on buying Nirvana.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Listen to the samples before buying. It's awful!
No matter what anybody says, Nirvana's Bleach is sub-par by even the most general standards of music And no, Kurt can't get off the hook for being dead, because a lot of what he... Read more
Published on July 14 2004 by The_big_Cookie
5.0 out of 5 stars I THINK
i think whatever that (...)is smokin is screwin with his mind because bleach is incredibly awseome, especially love buzz, floyd the barber and blew. u dont know (...) about grunge. Read more
Published on July 14 2004 by "yesterday_sucks"
1.0 out of 5 stars It's disguisting SubPop charges money for albums so bad
If I had to sum up Nirvana's Bleach in one word, it'd be "ouch". There is nothing on Bleach that makes it deserving of a rating higher than 1.5 stars out of 5. Read more
Published on July 4 2004 by silver_lining
5.0 out of 5 stars nice debut!!!!
now one thing that set this album apart from the others is on this one the drummer here is chad channing. not david grohl. Read more
Published on May 30 2004 by "aquaseafoamshame"
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best debut albums ever
This is a great nirvana album for a debut. Its raw and is loose and relaxed unlike the later nirvana recordings. Read more
Published on May 29 2004 by Vincent Hedrick
5.0 out of 5 stars the debut album from the greatest band of all time!!!!!!
The debut album of the greatest band of all time, what can we say about it, not the best Nirvana album, but it will do. Read more
Published on May 26 2004 by newfound32
4.0 out of 5 stars Let's all Drink bleach To Nirvana!
This album-although not many people own it-is very good. It features songs like "Downer", "Negative Creep", "Floyd The Barber", and "Blew". Read more
Published on May 21 2004 by Ben Dugan
5.0 out of 5 stars A must buy album!!!!!!!!
If ur a big fan of Nirvana then buying this album is a no brainer. This album truly gives out the real feeling of how a recording should be. It feels raw and upbeat. Read more
Published on May 11 2004 by ChimpZilla
4.0 out of 5 stars An interesting CD
DO NOT BUY THIS ALBUM IF YOU NEVER HEARD NIRVANA BEFORE, YOU WILL HATE IT. I would buy "Nevermind" and "Unplugged in New York" if you want to get into... Read more
Published on May 4 2004 by 2Phar
5.0 out of 5 stars NIRVANA - Bleach (June, 1989)
This is one case where the legend really precedes the record itself. Cut for about 600 dollars in Jack Endino's studio over just a matter of days, this captures Nirvana at a... Read more
Published on April 19 2004 by Naveed
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