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Universal acclaim- based on 47 Ratings

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  1. Apr 25, 2012
    This album is more interesting from a historical perspective than as a stand-alone piece of work. One listens knowing that two of these men will go to record the best album of the last quarter-century. However, Bleach alone shows a number of flaws. It's not much better than a lot albums from struggling underground bands. It's obvious that the drumming talent just isn't there. Download "Downer". It's the one track on the album that really shows the energy and punk growl that would make Nirvana great. Expand

Universal acclaim - based on 19 Critics

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  2. That Nirvana sound forceful isn't a surprise, but they also sound surprisingly tight--a little bit looser than they would sound within a year, but they're clearly marshaling their forces, gaining strength and skill.
  3. Bleach showed instances of promise and a few songs went on to become some of the best they ever wrote, but in comparison, it pales to the band’s later work. So take it all in stride because Bleach is surely for fanatics but certainly not for everyone.