I'm gonna start this off by saying "WHAT A WEEK"... it's only Monday but I'm already feeling the weight of what's to come in the next couple days. Good thing two elements have come together today to stave off any ill feelings of sitting here looking at a never-ending inbox: it's Kurt Cobain's birthday AND we did a review of the 20th Anniversary Deluxe Edition of Nevermind in our Fall issue. Whoa! Who could have asked for a more perfect Soundcheque Mondays post?! Not me, that's for sure.
Ok, everybody knows Nirvana rules, and everyone knows everything there is to know about Nevermind inside and out. BUT, this is the 20th anniversary four-LP box set, and it is really all about records two, three, and four, the first being the original version of the album. Record two introduces listeners to the b-sides - of course songs like "Aneurysm", "Even In His Youth", and "School" are already so well-known it's almost as if they weren't b-sides. Then they throw us some live tracks which brings us over to record three: the boom box rehearsals. The two real jams on here are "Verse Chorus Verse" and "Old Age". Both songs are insanely catchy, and one of them even proves Courtney Love is a liar! How do songs this good not get released? Nirvana's standard for high quality songwriting is completely proven here, and it makes the rest of us look like a bunch of lazy goofs.
—Justin Gradin, Color 9.5
See you next week!
What is Soundcheque Mondays anyway? Every week, I'll be posting a music review direct from the pages of Color that deserves another go-around, plus a video from the band so you get to hear the actual music that goes along with it. Win/Win!