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Bleach (Deluxe Edition)

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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 formative stage, still indebted to the murk that became known as grunge, yet not quite finding their voice as songwriters. Which isn't to say that they were devoid of original material, since even at this stage Kurt Cobain illustrated signs of his considerable songcraft, particularly on the minor-key ballad "About a Girl" and the dense churn of "Blew." A few songs come close to that level, but that's more a triumph of sound than structure, as "Negative Creep" and "School" get by on attitude and turmoil, while the cover of "Love Buzz" winds up being one of the highlights because this gives a true menace to their sound, thanks to its menacing melody. The rest of it sinks into the sludge, as the group itself winds up succumbing to grinding sub-metallic riffing that has little power, due to lack of riffs and lack of a good drummer. Bleach is more than a historical curiosity since it does have its share of great songs, but it isn't a lost classic -- it's a debut from a band that shows potential but haven't yet achieved it.
© Stephen Thomas Erlewine /TiVo

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1
Blew (Remastered)
00:02:54

Nirvana, MainArtist

© 2009 Sub Pop Records ℗ 2009 Sub Pop Records

2
Floyd The Barber (Remastered)
00:02:18

Nirvana, MainArtist

© 2009 Sub Pop Records ℗ 2009 Sub Pop Records

3
About A Girl (Remastered)
00:02:48

Nirvana, MainArtist

© 2009 Sub Pop Records ℗ 2009 Sub Pop Records

4
School (Remastered)
00:02:42

Nirvana, MainArtist

© 2009 Sub Pop Records ℗ 2009 Sub Pop Records

5
Love Buzz (Remastered)
00:03:35

Nirvana, Composer, MainArtist - Kurdt Kobain, Writer

© 2009 Sub Pop Records ℗ 2009 Sub Pop Records

6
Paper Cuts (Remastered)
00:04:06

Nirvana, MainArtist

© 2009 Sub Pop Records ℗ 2009 Sub Pop Records

7
Negative Creep (Remastered)
00:02:55

Nirvana, MainArtist

© 2009 Sub Pop Records ℗ 2009 Sub Pop Records

8
Scoff (Remastered)
00:04:10

Nirvana, MainArtist

© 2009 Sub Pop Records ℗ 2009 Sub Pop Records

9
Swap Meet (Remastered)
00:03:03

Nirvana, MainArtist

© 2009 Sub Pop Records ℗ 2009 Sub Pop Records

10
Mr. Moustache (Remastered)
00:03:23

Nirvana, MainArtist

© 2009 Sub Pop Records ℗ 2009 Sub Pop Records

11
Sifting (Remastered)
00:05:22

Nirvana, MainArtist

© 2009 Sub Pop Records ℗ 2009 Sub Pop Records

12
Big Cheese (Remastered)
00:03:42

Nirvana, MainArtist

© 2009 Sub Pop Records ℗ 2009 Sub Pop Records

13
Downer (Remastered)
00:01:43

Nirvana, MainArtist

© 2009 Sub Pop Records ℗ 2009 Sub Pop Records

14
Intro (Live at Pine Street Theatre)
00:00:52

Nirvana, MainArtist

© 2009 Sub Pop Records ℗ 2009 Sub Pop Records

15
School (Live at Pine Street Theatre)
00:02:36

Nirvana, MainArtist

© 2009 Sub Pop Records ℗ 2009 Sub Pop Records

16
Floyd The Barber (Live at Pine Street Theatre)
00:02:16

Nirvana, MainArtist

© 2009 Sub Pop Records ℗ 2009 Sub Pop Records

17
Dive (Live at Pine Street Theatre)
00:03:42

Nirvana, MainArtist

© 2009 Sub Pop Records ℗ 2009 Sub Pop Records

18
Love Buzz (Live at Pine Street Theatre)
00:02:57

Nirvana, MainArtist

© 2009 Sub Pop Records ℗ 2009 Sub Pop Records

19
Spank Thru (Live at Pine Street Theatre)
00:02:59

Nirvana, MainArtist

© 2009 Sub Pop Records ℗ 2009 Sub Pop Records

20
Molly's Lips (Live at Pine Street Theatre)
00:02:15

Nirvana, MainArtist

© 2009 Sub Pop Records ℗ 2009 Sub Pop Records

21
Sappy (Live at Pine Street Theatre)
00:03:19

Nirvana, MainArtist

© 2009 Sub Pop Records ℗ 2009 Sub Pop Records

22
Scoff (Live at Pine Street Theatre)
00:03:52

Nirvana, MainArtist

© 2009 Sub Pop Records ℗ 2009 Sub Pop Records

23
About A Girl (Live at Pine Street Theatre)
00:02:27

Nirvana, MainArtist

© 2009 Sub Pop Records ℗ 2009 Sub Pop Records

24
Been A Son (Live at Pine Street Theatre)
00:02:00

Nirvana, MainArtist

© 2009 Sub Pop Records ℗ 2009 Sub Pop Records

25
Blew (Live at Pine Street Theatre)
00:04:30

Nirvana, MainArtist

© 2009 Sub Pop Records ℗ 2009 Sub Pop Records

Album Description

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 formative stage, still indebted to the murk that became known as grunge, yet not quite finding their voice as songwriters. Which isn't to say that they were devoid of original material, since even at this stage Kurt Cobain illustrated signs of his considerable songcraft, particularly on the minor-key ballad "About a Girl" and the dense churn of "Blew." A few songs come close to that level, but that's more a triumph of sound than structure, as "Negative Creep" and "School" get by on attitude and turmoil, while the cover of "Love Buzz" winds up being one of the highlights because this gives a true menace to their sound, thanks to its menacing melody. The rest of it sinks into the sludge, as the group itself winds up succumbing to grinding sub-metallic riffing that has little power, due to lack of riffs and lack of a good drummer. Bleach is more than a historical curiosity since it does have its share of great songs, but it isn't a lost classic -- it's a debut from a band that shows potential but haven't yet achieved it.
© Stephen Thomas Erlewine /TiVo

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