Review #6: Nevermind, Nirvana

Karla Clifton
3 min readJan 11, 2021

#6: Nevermind, Nirvana

I’m going to tell you the truth: I’ve never met a grunge song I didn’t like. Never. Even after I started being able to differentiate between good grunge and bad grunge, I will still react to any song that is vaguely grunge-flavored and think, “This is the greatest shit I’ve ever heard.”

This is because I adored Nirvana as a teenager. I downloaded all three of their studio albums on iTunes then burned them onto CDs so I could listen in my car. I heard “Smells Like Teen Spirit” and my personality changed forever.

Because of this, I will not be able to provide an objective review. I apologize in advance.


“Smells Like Teen Spirit” — Have you seen the Weird Al music video for this song? It’s high art. Also, anyone who says that this song is overrated is uncultured, and that includes Kurt Cobain.

“In Bloom” — Listen, every one of these songs are incredible. The grunge loud-soft thing? Gets me every time.

“Come As You Are” — Is this the first riff every emo kid learned on the guitar? Just me?

“Breed” — This song sounds like it could be on Bleach, which is my favorite Nirvana album because it’s the angriest (but which is NOT included on the RS 500…)

“Lithium” — None of these songs are in a good key for my voice but that never stops me. YEAH YEAH!

“Polly” — This song is fun because it’s about a girl who was kidnapped.

“Territorial Pissings” — Doesn’t this song have the most incredible intro? Also: have you seen Cherry Glazerr’s cover of this song?

“Drain You” — I love this song but it kind of creeps me out. A baby wants to drain another baby with a passionate kiss? Spare me, Kurt Cobain.

“Lounge Act” — I know all the words so it would be wrong not to include it.

“Stay Away” — I actually love when Kurt Cobain gets peanut butter mouth — heynowayyyaiii.

“On A Plain” — The best outro on the album.

“Something In The Way” — There was a time when I thought this was the saddest song that had ever been written. Oh, to be 16 again.


“Endless, Nameless” — To be honest I don’t dislike this song. I have a high tolerance for unpleasant-sounding music — anything to FEEL ALIVE, am I right? However, in the spirit of reviewing the album and being honest with myself, I will admit that I would change the station if this song ever came on the radio.


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