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  • Summary: The debut album for the grunge band is remastered and reissued with a 1990 live recording of a concert at Portland, Oregon's Pine Street Theatre.
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  1. Positive: 18 out of 19
  2. Negative: 0 out of 19
  1. Sure, it’s valuable as a blueprint for music that would change everything (for a while, anyway), but also as a repository for the perfect synthesis of grunge’s anger and Kurt Cobain’s pop sensibility.
  2. Even if the songwriting didn’t completely explore the full scope of Cobain’s capabilities, Bleach also represents that point in time when money was an object and the music was all that mattered, a precursor to a cultural shift that made Sub Pop a national brand.
  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.
  4. 80
    Bleach sounds liked a valiant manifesto for something new that succeeded beyond anyone's wildest nightmare. [Dec 2009, p.112]
  5. Bleach's grooviness is intrinsic to its enduring appeal, just as much as the cankerous layers of noise. [Dec 2009, p.128]
  6. Bleach is a stronger record than it is commonly perceived to be, and does deserve to be checked out in some form by fans of heavy riff-driven rock. Regardless, this reissue is underwhelming, seemingly more concerned with enticing Nirvana completists to purchase it for the live material than in illuminating why Nirvana’s first album was an important step in a career that has helped define rock music for the last two decades.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 6
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 6
  3. Negative: 1 out of 6
  1. Dec 20, 2011
    10
    Struggle against the truth all you want. This band, influential and huge as they were, shreds. Just shreds. So much so that they caused poor imitators 20+ years later. I feel bad for this generation who had bands like Nickleback in the foreground. I feel that "Rockfan" is one of those people. Or a juggalo perhaps. Either way, you missed a chunk of history, my friend. Expand
  2. Mar 29, 2011
    10
    I love this first album from Nirvana. Some of the songs on this records are awesome from Negative Creep, School to Love Buzz. Most of the songs are great and should be addressed as one of the greatest records ever made. Collapse
  3. Apr 8, 2014
    10
    the best nirvana album, the begin with no end, with classic songs like About a Girl, an classic of nirvana, and many greatest songs of the greatest debut album all time Expand
  4. Dec 3, 2011
    10
    Great album gets a much needed sound mastering. This isn't easy to digest after first listen, but the reward is awesome - you get to discover something new after every listen. You could sense the genius in Cobain's songwriting, there are some incredible songs here, just the sound and production were very raw (obviously, everyone knows this album was made for $600). However, the songs are very passionate and engaging, you could almost tell that Kurt was going through some hard times. When I need a break from all the beautifully crafted "commercial" records such as say U2 or Pearl Jam, this is what I reach for, intelligent, tense and raw. Not to mention this deluxe version gets a bonus disc with a great early live gig wth a very good sound. Amazing are those early live gigs from Nirvana, is like someone knew they gonna be big and made soundboard recordings. Try finding early Smashing Pumpkins concerts with such a good sound! Expand
  5. Mar 7, 2012
    7
    The first half of this record is really good, has some really strong songs that give a preview of the type of material that would turn Nirvana into a household name. That said, I do prefer the live versions of a lot of these songs. The production and recording isn't great but apparently the album only cost $600 to record so you have to bear that in mind. The remastering goes someway to overcoming that but not really. The second half is a bit sludgy and comes too close to metal for my liking. For me, there's not much on "side 2" that really stands up and grabs you and it's mostly of the same standard as the stuff on Incesticide (which was a blatant cash in on the bands post Nevermind popularity) Expand
  6. Apr 25, 2012
    3
    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