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The World Changing Album Turns TWENTY!
By: Gus Bernadicou
Nirvana changed the world, but why? How could Kurt Cobain change the world, when he couldn’t even change himself? Nirvana didn’t try to affect the lives of the people around them; they couldn’t even enunciate words properly. Were they smart, were they revolutionary, were they worth the fame? September 24th marks the 20-year anniversary of the release of their critically acclaimed, ‘world changing’ album “Nervermind.” “I'm so happy. Cause today I found my friends. They're in my head. I'm so ugly. But that's ok.” Nirvana is the one band that everyone can relate to. Whether you are a part of the Queen of England, the kid who longs to be accepted, or the kid without a niche; Nirvana can get you because Nirvana is you. Doesn’t everyone want more friends, or even just one friend? That is the appeal behind Cobain’s Nirvana, for the 42 minutes and 38 seconds “Nermind” is, you can become a the ruler of your own imagination; challenging society, and attempting to think. Nirvana isn’t a band you can only listen to with one ear. You need to listen to the lyrics, you need to feel the emotion behind the sarcasm of Cobain’s words, and you need to “smile.” “Nevermind” is a 4 star album. It lacks that 1 star because it requires the listener to think. Thinking is tough because the mind tends to wonder at times it shouldn’t. Everyone knows the song “Smells Like Teen Spirit,” but do you know what it is saying? “I'm worse at what I do best” the song starts out, and with the distortion of the guitars the words become obsolete; (but doesn’t everything become obsolete if you don’t care about it)? Other highlights of the album include “Drain You” with even harder lyrics to comprehend, but that doesn’t matter because it has an instantly hum-able refrain. The also noteworthy, “Come As You Are” shows Cobain’s acceptance of the differences of the people in the world, where he attacks the world as a whole. The flaws of society are what make what one person could perceive as “cool” be a “drag” to another person. Nirvana wrote a song about this kind of person, “In Bloom” mentions repetitively, the average Joe who “likes all our pretty songs/And he likes to sing along/And he likes to shoot his gun/But he don't know what it means." Nirvana’s poetry represents the mistakes we have all made and try to escape; the only difference between us and Nirvana is that Nirvana confronts their flaws even if it shows that they are flawed, weak, or pathetic.
text - “Nevermind” is a 4 star album. It lacks that 1 star because it requires the listener to think. Thinking is tough because the mind tends to wonder at times it shouldn’t. Everyone knows the song “Smells Like Teen Spirit,” but do you know what it is saying? “I'm worse at what I do best” the song starts out, and with the distortion of the guitars the words become obsolete; (but doesn’t everything become obsolete if you don’t care about it)? Other highlights of the album include “Drain You” with even harder lyrics to comprehend, but that doesn’t matter because it has an instantly hum-able refrain. The also noteworthy, “Come As You Are” shows Cobain’s acceptance of the differences of the people in the world, where he attacks the world as a whole. The flaws of society are what make what one person could perceive as “cool” could be a “drag” to another person. Nirvana wrote a song about this kind of person, “In Bloom” mentions repetitively, the average Joe who “likes all our pretty songs/And he likes to sing along/And he likes to shoot his gun/But he don't know what it means." Nirvana’s poetry represents the mistakes we have all made and try to escape; the only difference between us and Nirvana is that Nirvana confronts their flaws even if it shows that they are flawed, weak, or pathetic.
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