This post is inspired from the "Greatest Songwriters" post as I was suprised how many people listed Cobain as one of the greatest songwriters. I'd like to expand upon this a bit more.
I'd like to hear from people who think he is one of the greats and their reasons why. I like Nirvana, but I do not feel the same way. Kurt's songs to me are simple which is not necessarily a bad thing, but would not qualify as being shining examples of groundbreaking or expert songwriting. I think some of the lyrics might mean something, but generally I'd say they are intentionally unintelligable; that way the songs are not ruined with terrible transparent lyrics.
Nirvana defintely impacted popular music in a huge way, but to me it was more through their attitude and back to basics approach which rock at that time really needed (we're about due for this type of impact again... I hope!). Is this what is influencing your opinion on Kurt being a great songwriter?
I'd like to discuss this because I respect alot of posters opinions in this forum, but I just can't understand it.