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Nirvana- Nirvana

Finally, what Nirvana fans everywhere have been waiting for, the release of a Greatest Hits album! If you enjoyed the “poppier” side of Nirvana (think Smells Like Teen Spirit and Come as You Are) you will not be let down, as this CD contains plenty of the bands better-known songs but, if, like me, you also enjoyed the heavier, darker side of

the band, you may be left feeling disappointed.

The album gets off to a good start with the previously unreleased track,” You Know You’re Right”.

It is full of the raw, gritty angst and energy that Cobain was known for,

and, although a great song, it does sound a little out of place;

it is perhaps a little too grungy in comparison with the rest of

the album.

The next song, About A Girl, is taken from the bands first album, Bleach. The original version of this song was great, but this track has been re mastered and it sounds incredible!

I was very disappointed with the next song, Been a Son, and I have no idea why this rendition was even included, it is terrible and I’ve heard better bootlegs! Sliver, also taken from, Insecticide, completes the first portion of the album, which gives us a glimpse of Nirvana in their early days. Although Sliver has never been one of my favourites, it does highlight the “punkier”, rawer side of Nirvana which becomes lost behind amongst their “poppier songs”.

The next track on the album, Smells Like Teen Spirit, taken from Nevermind, does not need an introduction as it is the song that Nirvana are known for, taken from an album that influenced the punk generation. Also taken from Nevermind are the songs Come As You Are, Lithium and In Bloom; although they’re all great songs, I feel that there are other songs on Nevermind, such as Drain You and Lounge Act, that deserve a place here.

Heart Shaped Box and Pennyroyal Tea, taken from the album In Utero, are both on here, however the Scott Litt version of Pennyroyal Tea is by far better than the one that can be found on In Utero. Rape Me and Dumb fittingly conclude the contributions from In Utero as they are two of the most excellent songs Cobain could write.

The final three tracks on the album, All Apologies, The Man Who Sold The World and Where Did You Sleep Last Night are taken from one of Nirvana’s live albums- MTV Unplugged. Although two of these tracks are not Kurt’s own, they end the album perfectly, with the sounds of Kurt’s sad, angry voice and beautiful acoustic guitar staying with you long after the album has ended.

Like many Nirvana fans, I do not whole heartedly agree with the track listing on this album and I don’t believe that you can make a “Best of…” album without including everything that Nirvana has ever written. However, I would say that this is an excellent, thought provoking, moving album that charts Nirvana’s career and captures Kurt’s view on life and his unique voice perfectly.



The following comments are for "Nirvana's Greatest Hits (g)"

Greatest Hits?
I must say that i am 100% behind you on some confusion over the track listing. I was one of the late-comer to the world of Nirvana. I didn't really become a fan of theirs until about 96, but once i discovered them, i was immediately enthralled. But this greatest hits album - like all greatest hits albums - was a bit of a dissapointment. I think you put it perfectly: casual listeners will be very happy, but actual fans will feel a little let down. Side note, Been a Son is one of my favourite Nirvana songs, but i would have gone with the From the Muddy Banks of the Wishkah version.

( Posted by: E.G. Evans [Member] On: April 12, 2003 )

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