#315Albums is a list of 315 albums that appear on both the Rolling Stone’s 500 Greatest Albums of All Time list, as well as the 1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die book, edited by Robert Dimery. At its best, it is a representation of some of the greatest music ever released; at its worst, it is a journey through the history of music that the majority see as important, influential, and/or relevant. If nothing else, these albums are worth experiencing at least once to get a better understanding of music, which is why we are working to complete all #315Albums.

No. 002

“No album in recent history had such an overpowering impact on a generation – a nation of teens suddenly turned punk – and such a catastrophic effect on its main creator.”

Artist: Nirvana
Album: Nevermind
Released: 1991
Label: DGC
Rolling Stones Ranking: 17

Nirvana was one of those bands that I tried listening to in middle school because my friends were obsessed with them. I acted like I enjoyed them back then, and maybe I did, but Nevermind did nothing for me this time around. Outside of the popular “Smells Like Teen Spirit”, none of the other tracks connected with me at all. There are a couple other Nirvana albums on this list, including the one I used to own when I was younger, the live album Unplugged in New York. I’m interested to see if I find more to enjoy when that one comes around because I don’t want to dismiss one of the most influential and popular bands of the ’90s. Some tracks were better than others, but more stand out as negative than positive for me.

Cinefessions’ #315Albums Rating: 48%

Image and quote courtesy of Rolling Stone Magazine.