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Various Artists: Whatever Nevermind

Album Review

Kylesa, Torche, Cave In and more tackle Nirvana's classic 1991 album

Last year, Virginia record label Robotic Empire put together a tribute to Nirvana’s third and final album 'In Utero' to celebrate Record Store Day. Following the success of 'In Utero, In Tribute, In Entirety', they’ve turned their attention to 'Nevermind' for Record Store Day 2015 and have unleashed it on the wider world. The question is, have the artists involved done Nirvana’s masterpiece justice?

In 1991, Nirvana’s record label Geffen hoped the band would shift 250,000 copies of their second album Nevermind. That would’ve been a result as the Seattle trio were largely an underground act. Following the success of breakthrough hit-single Smells Like Teen Spirit (and to a lesser extent Come As You Are, Lithium and In Bloom) Nevermind went on to sell over 30 million copies worldwide. It propelled alternative rock into the heart of the mainstream, and provided a generation of disaffected youths with angst-ridden anthems that still resonate to this day.

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