I know that I am not alone in thinking this, but I have always thought that Kurt Cobain sounds like Beck if he gone grunge. Seriously, if you listen to ‘Girl’ or ‘Chemtrails’ by Beck the similarity is absolutely palpable.
Nevermind was one of those acclaimed albums I did not have much of an interest listening to growing up. Mainly because this style of music was so far out of my wheelhouse. However, you can not argue with the only album in the Top 10 that is newer than 1979. The only other recent album that comes close is OK Computer which is placed (at the time of writing) at #12.
It was to my utmost surprise that I actually ended up enjoying Nevermind on the very first listen. The fact that I already knew three of the songs (‘Smells Like Teen Spirit’, ‘Lithium’ and ‘Come As You Are’) pretty well through sheer cultural osmosis seems to have helped things. Then again, when acts like Paul McCartney, Missy Elliott and Beck are unknown to a disturbingly high percentage of my generation you can not take that osmosis for granted.
Is Nevermind an album that will end up in my general rotation? Probably not. As much as I can recognise that this is actually really good music, not just the singles but also tracks like ‘On A Plain’ and ‘Polly’, the rockiest I usually end going for is something along the lines of ‘Milkman’ by EMA.
I may prove myself wrong though. This album was an earworm all day at work and I found it hard not think about it or what I would write about it. Who knows, by the time I get to looking at In Utero I might have surprised myself and given this a bunch more spins.