Bleach Original recording remastered
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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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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.Read more ›
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.
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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it only got 4 stars because saying "i bought i nirvana album" makes you sound like a total turd, either than that its great!Published 21 months ago by polka music best music
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 morePublished on July 14 2004 by The_big_Cookie
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 morePublished on July 14 2004
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 morePublished on July 4 2004 by silver_lining
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 morePublished on May 30 2004
This is a great nirvana album for a debut. Its raw and is loose and relaxed unlike the later nirvana recordings. Read morePublished on May 29 2004 by Vincent Hedrick
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 morePublished on May 26 2004 by newfound32
This album-although not many people own it-is very good. It features songs like "Downer", "Negative Creep", "Floyd The Barber", and "Blew". Read morePublished on May 21 2004 by Ben Dugan