Rocks In The Attic #203: Nirvana – ‘Bleach’ (1989)

RITA#202I remember wanting this album so much to be better than it actually is. That’s the curse when you start listening to music – your ability to critique isn’t fully established, so instead of just accepting that an album isn’t all that great, you just dig your heels in and listen to it more, as though you can potentially make it better just by the act of repetition.

Bleach is far from being as good as Nevermind, and it’s not even in the same league as In Utero, which I’ve always regarded as their best and most consistent album. Listening to Bleach now though, it seems to have aged very well. I remember listening to the album throughout the ‘90s was always a bit of a chore, something I had to do every once in a while to fulfil my duties as a Nirvana fan.

One aspect I could never get over at the time was how laid-back the drums were, by Dave Grohl’s predecessor Chad Channing. Again, in hindsight the drum parts don’t seem too bad. The technique and power of Dave Grohl from Nevermind is noticeably absent, but I feel pretty guilty that Chad Channing had been unfairly maligned simply for not being Dave Grohl.

Dave Grohl eh, I wonder what ever happened to him?

Hit: About A Girl

Hidden Gem: School

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2 thoughts on “Rocks In The Attic #203: Nirvana – ‘Bleach’ (1989)

  1. bellylikessoda

    I’ve been thinking a lot about the difference between loving an artist and loving an album. I know what you mean about Nirvana’s earlier records. They hadn’t quite hit their stride in songwriting or production. You could say the same about the early Beatles records.

    I started what has to be the saddest blog in the word for any music lover, especially collectors (http://recordsvshouse.wordpress.com/). But it boils down to what I love, not what you referred to as “duty” for being a fan. I love Holly Golightly, and I go see her shows when she tours, but I don’t need to own all of her records. I only have to listen to what I want to listen to.

    Anyway, I feel what you’re saying here.

    Also, check out Guadalupe Plata’s new album. I saw these guys while I was in Spain over the summer and they blew me away!
    http://guadalupeplata.bandcamp.com/album/guadalupe-plata-4

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