Classic Album Review: ‘Nevermind’ by Nirvana

There are few albums that can boast to being a cultural phenomenon, but Nevermind, the second studio album by American grunge rock band Nirvana, released on September 24, 1991 and produced by Butch Vig is just that; managing to completely change the musical landscape at the time.

Out went the poodle permed, spandex adorned ‘hair metal’ bands of the late ’80’s in exchange for a return to the DIY punk ethos of the late seventies.

Although they’d already released the brutally brilliant Bleach on the underground Subpop label of hometown Seattle, it wasn’t until they crossed over to the larger Geffon label and expanded their sound through the brilliant production of Butch Vig that they were really catapulted into the mainstream consciousness.

Songwriter Kurt Cobain combined the experimental rock of Sonic Youth, the raw power of heavy metal guitars, the punk-rock attitude to making music and (equally importantly) a passion for the pop melodies of the sixties to create something truly unique and arresting to listeners, and reluctantly spearheading the ‘grunge’ movement on the way with unforgettable singles like ‘Smells Like Teen Spirit,’ ‘Lithium’ and ‘Come as You Are.’

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