Smells Like a Pointless Essay
Matt Compton's essay, "Smells Like Teen Spirit" does no more than explain the obvious and fail miserably at trying to do the impossible - to explain music with words. Over and over, the author states that Cobain's music illustrated the confused feelings of kids growing up in the early 90's and that his was the voice of a generation. These are true and valid points, but the author continued to state them repeatedly in the essay. Additionaly, he used a source, Azerrad, whose quotes were stating the exact same thing that the autor was arguing. This led me to think that this was not an original essay and that the topic had already been researched and reported in-depth.
It would have benefited the author to take a look at Cobain outside of just this song. Analysis of Nirvana's other music, and Cobain's life as a whole, could have supported the author's hypothesis very well. I feel that this essay was too broad, shallow and unoriginal. The topic is interesting, however the author would have benefited by doing some more research.