The second studio album by legendary American Grunge/Alternative Rock band.
"Nevermind" was in part responsible for bringing both Alternative Rock and Grunge to a large, mainstream audience, and has been ranked highly on lists of the greatest albums of all time by publications such as Rolling Stone and Time Magazines.
Produced by Butch Vig, "Nevermind" was the band's first release on David Gaffen Company. It was also their first album to feature drummer Dave Grohl.
"Nevermind" was never meant to change the world, but you can never predict when the Zeitgeist will hit, and Nirvana's second album turned out to be the place where Alternative Rock crashed into the mainstream. This wasn't entirely an accident, either, since Nirvana did sign with a major label, and they did release a record with a shiny surface, no matter how humongous the guitars sounded. And yes, "Nevermind" is probably a little shinier than it should be, positively glistening with echo and fuzzbox distortion, especially when compared with the black-and-white murk of "Bleach". This doesn't discount the record, since it's not only much harder than any mainstream Rock of 1991, its character isn't on the surface, it's in the exhilaratingly raw music and haunting songs. Kurt Cobain's personal problems and subsequent suicide naturally deepen the dark undercurrents, but no matter how much anguish there is on "Nevermind", it's bracing because he exorcizes those demons through his evocative wordplay and mangled screams, and because the band has a tremendous, unbridled power that transcends the pain, turning into pure catharsis. And that's as key to the record's success as Cobain's songwriting, since Krist Novoselic and Dave Grohl help turn this into music that is gripping, powerful, and even fun (and, really, there's no other way to characterize "Territorial Pissings" or the surging "Breed"). In retrospect, "Nevermind" may seem a little too unassuming for its mythic status (it's simply a great modern Punk record) but even though it may no longer seem life-changing, it is certainly life-affirming, which may just be better!
Despite low commercial expectations by the band and its record label, "Nevermind" became a surprise success in late 1991, largely due to the popularity of its first single, "Smells Like Teen Spirit". By January 1992, it had replaced Michael Jackson's album "Dangerous" at number one on the US Billboard 200 chart. The album also produced three other successful singles: "Come as You Are", "Lithium", and "In Bloom".
The Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) has certified the album Diamond (at least over 10 million copies shipped), and the album has sold at least 30000000 copies worldwide, with 10640000 of those copies sold in the United States.
Remastered “Back To Black” series re-release includes a voucher to download MP3 version of the album.
David Gaffen Company/Guffen Records/Sup Pop/Universal Music Distribution, 1991/2017 (0720642442517). Made in EU. 180 g vinyl.
1. Smells Like Teen Spirit 5:00
2. In Bloom 4:13
3. Come As You Are 3:38
4. Breed 3:03
5. Lithium 4:16
6. Polly 2:56
7. Territorial Pissings 2:22
8. Drain You 3:43
9. Lounge Act 2:35
10. Stay Away 3:30
11. On A Plain 3:12
12. Something In The Way 3:43
Total playing time: 42:11 min.