Album Analysis

Album Analysis

Important Albums Contribution

Nirvana - Nevermind

Nirvana’s Nevermind was an influential album on the music industry. Nevermind was an album that brought alternative rock to the mainstream. Nevermind was produced by Butch Vig and mixed by Andy Wallace. Butch Vig introduced a more pop like approach to recording the album. He implemented plenty of guitar overdubs and vocal overdubs to make the songs sound bigger and richer. One of the album’s songs, “Smells Like Teen Spirit”, helped propel Nevermind to the top of the charts above Michael Jackson and Guns & Roses. “In Bloom”, another song from Nevermind, Vig asked Kurt Cobain, Nirvana’s frontman, to perform overdubs for the vocals. Cobain at first disagreed but Vig conviced Cobain that John Lennon did overdubs and Cobain finally agreed to do it because Cobain was a fan of John Lennon. This made the vocals in the song fuller and more powerful.

The Beatles - Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band

Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band was an album which set a standard for concept albums. The album was produced and mixed by George Martin. The recording made extensive use of the technique known as bouncing down, in which a number of tracks were recorded across the four tracks of one recorder which were then mixed and dubbed down onto one track of the master 4-track machine. The use of magnetic tape recording led to innovative use of instruments and production effects like the tape-based keyboard sampler, the Mellotron, effects like flanging and phasing. One more feature of the album is the use of automatic double tracking which uses tape recorders to create an instantaneous and simultaneous doubling of sound. The vocals on the album also went through varispeeding which is a technique of recording various tracks on a multi-track tape at slightly different tape speeds.

Radiohead - OK Computer

OK Computer was produced by Nigel Godrich and Radiohead. The album was recorded a converted shed studio and a...

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