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Bleach

Nirvana

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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
00:02:54

Jack Endino, Producer - Nirvana, Composer, MainArtist - Chad Channing, Drums - Chris Novaselic, Bass - Jason Everman, Guitar - Kurdt Kobain, Guitar, Vocals, Writer

© 2005 Sub Pop Records ℗ 1989 Sub Pop Records

2
Floyd The Barber
00:02:18

Jack Endino, Producer - Nirvana, Composer, MainArtist - Chad Channing, Drums - Chris Novaselic, Bass - Jason Everman, Guitar - Kurdt Kobain, Guitar, Vocals, Writer

© 2005 Sub Pop Records ℗ 1989 Sub Pop Records

3
About A Girl
00:02:48

Jack Endino, Producer - Nirvana, Composer, MainArtist - Chad Channing, Drums - Chris Novaselic, Bass - Jason Everman, Guitar - Kurdt Kobain, Guitar, Vocals, Writer

© 2005 Sub Pop Records ℗ 1989 Sub Pop Records

4
School
00:02:42

Jack Endino, Producer - Nirvana, Composer, MainArtist - Chad Channing, Drums - Chris Novaselic, Bass - Jason Everman, Guitar - Kurdt Kobain, Guitar, Vocals, Writer

© 2005 Sub Pop Records ℗ 1989 Sub Pop Records

5
Love Buzz
00:03:35

Jack Endino, Producer - Nirvana, Composer, MainArtist - Chad Channing, Drums - Robby Van Leeuwen, Writer - Chris Novaselic, Bass - Jason Everman, Guitar - Kurdt Kobain, Guitar, Vocals

© 2005 Sub Pop Records ℗ 1989 Sub Pop Records

6
Paper Cuts
00:04:06

Jack Endino, Producer - Nirvana, Composer, MainArtist - Chad Channing, Drums - Chris Novaselic, Bass - Jason Everman, Guitar - Kurdt Kobain, Guitar, Vocals, Writer

© 2005 Sub Pop Records ℗ 1989 Sub Pop Records

7
Negative Creep
00:02:56

Jack Endino, Producer - Nirvana, Composer, MainArtist - Chad Channing, Drums - Chris Novaselic, Bass - Jason Everman, Guitar - Kurdt Kobain, Guitar, Vocals, Writer

© 2005 Sub Pop Records ℗ 1989 Sub Pop Records

8
Scoff
00:04:10

Jack Endino, Producer - Nirvana, Composer, MainArtist - Chad Channing, Drums - Chris Novaselic, Bass - Kurdt Kobain, Guitar, Vocals, Writer - Jason Evermam, Guitar

© 2005 Sub Pop Records ℗ 1989 Sub Pop Records

9
Swap Meet
00:03:03

Jack Endino, Producer - Nirvana, Composer, MainArtist - Chad Channing, Drums - Chris Novaselic, Bass - Jason Everman, Guitar - Kurdt Kobain, Guitar, Vocals, Writer

© 2005 Sub Pop Records ℗ 1989 Sub Pop Records

10
Mr. Moustache
00:03:24

Jack Endino, Producer - Nirvana, Composer, MainArtist - Chad Channing, Drums - Chris Novaselic, Bass - Jason Everman, Guitar - Kurdt Kobain, Guitar, Vocals, Writer

© 2005 Sub Pop Records ℗ 1989 Sub Pop Records

11
Sifting
00:05:22

Jack Endino, Producer - Nirvana, Composer, MainArtist - Chad Channing, Drums - Chris Novaselic, Bass - Jason Everman, Guitar - Kurdt Kobain, Guitar, Vocals, Writer

© 2005 Sub Pop Records ℗ 1989 Sub Pop Records

12
Big Cheese
00:03:42

Jack Endino, Producer - Nirvana, MainArtist - Chad Channing, Drums - Chris Novaselic, Bass - Jason Everman, Guitar - Kurdt Kobain, Guitar, Vocals, Writer

© 2005 Sub Pop Records ℗ 1989 Sub Pop Records

13
Downer
00:01:43

Jack Endino, Producer - Nirvana, MainArtist - Chad Channing, Drums - Chris Novaselic, Bass - Jason Everman, Guitar - Kurdt Kobain, Guitar, Vocals, Writer

© 2005 Sub Pop Records ℗ 1989 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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