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All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
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 ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
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 churn, 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.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/14/1991
  • Label: Sub Pop
  • UPC: 098787003420
  • Catalog Number: 34
  • Sales rank: 7,725

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Blew (2:54)
  2. 2 Floyd the Barber (2:17)
  3. 3 About a Girl (2:48)
  4. 4 School (2:42)
  5. 5 Love Buzz (3:35)
  6. 6 Paper Cuts (4:05)
  7. 7 Negative Creep (2:55)
  8. 8 Scoff (4:10)
  9. 9 Swap Meet (3:02)
  10. 10 Mr. Moustache (3:23)
  11. 11 Sifting (5:22)
  12. 12 Big Cheese (3:42)
  13. 13 Downer (1:42)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Nirvana Primary Artist
Dale Crover Drums
Chad Channing Drums
Kurt Cobain Guitar, Vocals
Jason Everman Guitar
Krist Novoselic Bass
Technical Credits
Jack Endino Producer, Engineer
Kurt Cobain Composer
Krist Novoselic Composer
Robbie Van Leeuwen Composer
Jane Higgins Contributor, Execution
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Average Rating 4.5
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Nirvana's Humble Sub Pop Beginnings

    Well it's not the earliest Nirvana, seeing as they were still a band a couple years before Bleach dropped (see With The Lights Out for early recordings from '87, etc.) but it definately shows the band in a certain phase. Which is Nirvana as imitation Black Sabbath, as Cobain admitted of the record. Hahaha. Before I'm attacked, I did give the album a swell rating. Just because the heavy churn of Black Sabbath is an obvious reference of Bleach does not make it a crap record. Nirvana naturally would build their own persona upon the distorted riffs as Cobain's songwriting developed further. Nonetheless Bleach is a great record and a must for any serious Nirvana fan. Start with Nevermind, since it is obviously the most accesible, then try In Utero if you are willing to hear similar songwriting with more abrasive production. Those still hungry for more will want Bleach and Incesticide, which though not masterpieces, are damn good records nonetheless for a seasoned fan. They are still five star quality when compared to the best works of some lesser bands. With the Lights Out is for hardcore fans who want to hear all of the bootleg stuff, or at least, the bootleg stuff that is finally commercially available. But as for Bleach, it's a lot of fun. Like I said, not perfect, but any Nirvana fan will have some favorites here. The self-conscious heaviness of the record gives it a unique feel in the band's catalog. If anything, the beautiful studio version of About a Girl is worth the price alone.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Dollmeat loves it

    omg this is just an amazing album. People say it is flat and lacks sound but it was cut for 600$ but u have to really listen to the songs. There is just so much energy that you'll want to dance. If you pay attention to the words in the song you can hear how deep it is. Like every nirvana cd it is just amazing. May he find peace. Kurt didn't die, just graduated from life.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    AWESOME !!!! CD !!!! LIKE ALL NIRVANA!!

    Great CD, like all the Nirvana cd's, Love Buzz, About a girl, Big Cheese, all great songs.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    great cd

    this is a great album by nirvana but the best will always be in utero!!!!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Buy Bleach

    Ok this Cd is awesome. About a girl is wonderful, as well as love buzz and every other song on the Cd. The Cd really does show you Nirvana's distinctive style. It opens the door to their most Noterous Cd Nevermind. So buy this and enjoy the joy and splender of the greatest band of all time Nirvana.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    bleach

    this is awesome just like nirvanas other cds!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Nirvana: Greatest...Band...Ever!

    This is personly one of my fave of the Nirvana cds, i don't know why it just is. I think if your a REAL Nirvana fan, you should get this album.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    smells like.....nirvana

    I only heard this album a few weeks ago but i think it is ONE of the best ever nirvana albums. I liked it because it brought out a more 'untamed' side of nirvana and kurt. it is a MUST for any self-respecting nirvana fan!

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