Nirvana: Bleach Deluxe Edition 

Before there was grunge, there was Bleach, Nirvana's harsh, '89 debut that dragged punk's contemptuous sneer through the mud to churn out one damn fine album. Bleach isn't the voice of a generation that came two years later with Nevermind, but it's an infinitely better record. "Blew," "School," "Love Buzz," "Negative Creep" — they're all raw classics that were too visceral for the masses. Cobain's half-baked yowls still sound like they're going to fall apart every time he opens his mouth, and the remastered job makes the album's highs higher and lows lower. It's a dirty album, and the production needed to be touched-up. A booklet of photos and a live show from the era are nice add-ons, but it ain't the bells and whistles that matter here. The songs themselves make Bleach a ramshackle work of perfection. (Sub Pop) 5 stars out of 5

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