In Utero is the third and final studio album by American rock band Nirvana, released on September 13, 1993, by DGC Records. After breaking into the mainstream with their second album, Nevermind (1991), Nirvana hired Steve Albini to record In Utero, seeking a more complex, abrasive sound. Recording took place over two weeks in February 1993 at Pachyderm Studio in Cannon Falls, Minnesota. Soon after recording was completed, rumors circulated that DGC might not release In Utero due to Albini's abrasive sound. Producer Scott Litt was hired to remix the singles "All Apologies", "Heart-Shaped Box" and "Pennyroyal Tea", upsetting Albini. In Utero was a major commercial and critical success. Critics praised the change in sound and Cobain's lyrics. It reached number one on the US Billboard 200 and UK Albums Chart; "Heart-Shaped Box" and "All Apologies" reached number one on the Billboard Alternative Songs chart. The album is certified five-times platinum and has sold 15 million copies. In Utero was the final Nirvana album before Cobain's suicide in 1994. "Pennyroyal Tea", planned as a single prior to Cobain's death, was released in 2014 and reached number one on the Billboard Hot Singles Sales Chart.Wikipedia
Meh. The 1 star belongs entirely to All Apologies.
For so long I was trying to determine whether to rate this 4 or 5. But then I realized I was trying to determine how whether it could match or surpass Nevermind. Nevermind is a masterpiece but is polished and poppy from start to finish. But this album is raw and punkish. Sure, the more popular songs have the sound and genius songwriting we're used to, as in "Heart-Shaped Box" and "All Apologies", but the majority is more personal to Cobain. Overall, the songs flow together as a whole better than Nevermind, but the comparisons stop there. There is a dramatic contrast between pop and punk, and you can never tell what the next song will sound like, it's that unpredictable. Take "Dumb" for instance. It sounds like it should be one of those poppy songs, and like "Heart-Shaped Box" or "Rape Me", you'd expect grungy soft sound followed by a loud and guitar-heavy chorus... but it never comes. And of course, this works perfectly with the subject matter and makes for a memorable experience. But even with these pop songs, there is a rawness found in the recording you would never find on Nevermind. This is all an attempt to sound more like the indie albums Cobain admired, like Pixies's "Doolittle." Most songs get real personal to Cobain, dealing with his partner, his daughter, his drug use, and the media. Beyond a few bands, I always found the grunge genre to be dull and uninspired, but Cobain is one of those few who can remind us what the genre is about. Not just being a social rebel, but finding a medium to express the grimy elements of our lives, both the happy and sad parts of it. I admire Cobain's determination to take total control of this album and produce something they truly want, instead of what the public expects. It doesn't end up as garbage. Instead we have an album that, despite all, holds itself up as one of the greatest albums of the decade.
This is the best of it's genre and an extremely important album to boot. It's style, sound, and substance was huge, managing to enjoy mainstream success while also resonating with music nerds of the day (and today). To top it all off, it managed to do this while being the follow-up to the darling Nevermind, and it still rocks. Oh, and it has Albini production. Nirvana forever.
Lots of rock stars scream about how difficult it is, how they can’t be their true selves, how the system eats them up but very few deliver something this gutteral and beautiful. Make no mistake this is a real album about rock star angst. About feeling like you’ve sold your soul and trying to stay true to your craft. Just read the first line of the album “Teenage Angst has paid off well” It’s a thing of wonder that I didn’t fully appreciate until I was a bit older. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
A fine outing by these three fine lads. Can't wait to see what they do next!
One of the greatest albums of the '90s and possibly ever. Nirvana expanded their dynamics on this album which gives it more texture and shows that the band was not simply content to rehash Nevermind. This album hints at their Beatles and Pixies influence while incorporating elements of punk and hardcore music. Kurt Cobain was a master songwriter and an avid student of music.
There's so much of Steve Albini here. Great great production.
Sharp, tight guitar, definitely hear Albini's hand at the controls
One of the best albums of grunge, alternative rock and 90's music at all. Raw sound and pure energy! Listened dozens of time.
This was an amazing album, among the best of its era. Sadly, it's also one of the band's best and an indicator of where Nirvana might have been headed musically had things turned out differently. The songs are stunningly crafted and pretty perfect, but deliberately less polished than on Nevermind. Musically, the band is unforgiving in their delivery. It grinds, it burns and blisters, but also sometimes with an ear towards the melodic. Cobain's delivery flows effortlessly from insouciance to raging in a way I can't even compare to another artist. Lyrically, Cobain is brutal, clever, sarcastic, clearly in pain. I would just like to add that this is the second album I have reviewed in the past week by an extremely talented person who took his own life after the album I was reviewing came out, and it's a bummer, to put it mildly. The world was a better place with Kurt Cobain and Elliott Smith in it. If you're struggling, there are people who can help you. National Suicide Prevention Lifeline, 800-273-8255. Fave Songs: All Apologies, Heart Shaped Box, Dumb, Radio Friendly Unit Shifter, Milk It
Someone should've told him he was brilliant. Best Tracks: Serve The Servants; Heart-Shaped Box; Radio Friendly Unit Shifter
This album is better when played as a whole rather than as several disconnected singles. It is clear that this record was meant to evoke a visceral response in the listener. From the opener, Serve the Servants to the closer All Apologies this record is meant for movement but is at it's heart disturbing emotionally.
4.2 + I appreciate the warts on this album now that I'm older. When I was 14, I was disappointed that this didn't sound like "Nevermind 2.0." Steve Albini captures a more live, organic feel, and there's more dynamism in the guitars. Compared to "Nevermind", there are higher highs ("All Apologies", "Heart-Shaped Box"). But there are also lower lows, which almost tank the second half ("Tourette's", "Radio-Friendly Unit Shifter"). Some of the same themes around anatomy and disease are here with some darker kinks ("eat your cancer", basically all of "Milk It", "umbilical noose"...). It's a messier, nastier, less poppy and more interesting record than "Nevermind." My only knock is with those two aforementioned tracks - they kind of stink.
It is often seen where bands go from punk to a more "radio friendly" genre, becoming polished over time and losing that "edge", but Nirvana did the exact opposite here, releasing their critically acclaimed Nevermind first and later following it up with the more edgy, unpolished In Utero. There are some songs on this album that have that similar Nevermind polish, but this is ultimately a more primal album. And as I understand it, this is exactly what Nirvana was going for. Still, the magic of Nirvana is there for those that are drawn to it in the first place. You have grating, visceral emotions from Cobain's vocals and lyrics. His words fit the grunge genre so well, as he is adept at telling his very personal stories with dirty, grimy, grungy lyrics befitting of the genre. The music, while also incredibly grungy and distorted, is masterfully edgy; you can tell you're listening to musicians who know how to do more than slam on their instruments. While I understand that Nirvana wanted to go more unpolished, I personally believe they were at their best on Nevermind. Still, this album is solid, and a very shining example of 90s grunge and punk-adjacent genres. Cobain was known for pushing hard for what he wanted, and Nirvana shows here what they wanted to be, and they were uncompromising on that. And it proved to be a success. This likely would have been the beginning of their sound moving forward, had it not been for Cobain's untimely death.
I hadn't ever listened to this album in its entirety before, and I went in expecting five stars. After a few songs I was like "never mind."
9/10. no idea why this site wants me to listen to so much 90s music but im not complaining. seriously like half of these fucking albums have been 90s. what the hell! anyway this album is great. i wrote a more serious "review" on my rym top 200 list but aside from scentless apprentice this is super good and connects with me kinda hard. probably needs a relisten!
1993. Key Songs: Serve The Servants, Heart-Shaped Box, Dumb, Rape Me
Rough and pleasurable
It’s been over a decade since the last time I listened to this album end-to-end, and I’m surprised at just how well it holds up
Obviously, I love this album. It has some of my favorite non-hit Nirvana songs on it. Very Ape and Milk It really stand out.
My favorite album tbh.
One of my favorites, great sound and awesome songs, always
One of the more raw Nirvana albums with a few defining hits. Playlist song Dumb.
Awesome. Just awesome.
Just classic. I remember when this was released and how raw and urgent it sounded. Still no album like it
My favorite Nirvana album (usually). Not as rough as Bleach, not overly slick like Nevermind. 9/10 1. Heart-Shaped Box 2. Rape Me 3. Pennyroyal Tea
ABSOLUTE BANGERS ON THIS ALBUM!
I've never given Nirvana the credit other people do. I think it was just a metal kid's resentment towards grunge? Maybe it was thinking Dave Grohl made better music in Foo Fighters? But this album rules! || It might also be because I have a higher base stressed-out level these days, but the raw tones and attitude in the all of the tracks just seems to resonate and feel comforting. || Never knew it was recorded in Goodhue County, literally one over from where I grew up in Dakota County! doesn't mean much, but neat! ||
5 star for Diogo, my bro!
I was surprised how it still sounds good.
Todas las canciones, memorables. Un gran disco
Masterpiece. A hypnotising, singular and wonderful experience. A one of kind album.
The first time I listened to this I thought I was about to listen to a live album and that Utero was the name of a city. I'm glad it wasn't.
I've never listened to Nirvana before. It's really astounding how it grabbed my attention (I'm listening to this at 2am after working late) because holy shit I really savoured this like I haven't for other music in the past. Goddamn
Definitely the best Nirvana album. The songs are catchy and raw, and the instruments are peak 90's grunge. Kurt's anger and energy throughout the album help solidify it as the best Nirvana album for me. The worst thing about this album is that it's their last (studio album, at least). Highlights: 1, 2, 3, 4, 6, 7, 9, 10, and 12.
Nirvana's best studio album
A couple radio friendly singles mixed by Scott Litt (REM) + that classic Albini engineered abrasiveness = a timeless classic. No apologies for giving this 5 stars babyyy!
Farmer Francis will have her revenge on Seattle. The first nirvana album i got into, so it will always be my favourite. It’s a pretty flawless album.
Arguably nirvana’s best album. Shows a ton of growth musically and lyrically from Nevermind. The biggest shame is not knowing what would have come next. Highlights: Frances Farmer Will Have Her Revenge on Seattle, Milk It, Dumb
One of the best albums of the early 90s. All Apologies, Heart-Shaped Box, Pennyroyal Team, and Dumb are great songs. It just never gets old. Nirvana just takes you back to your youth and the music has aged really well. It was so ahead of its time, but at the same time, very much a product of the 90s.
Always a good narrative. Union of all of the good things coming out at the time. Penny royal tea and Heart-shaped Box favourites
Simply sensational. Even after all these years. Almost every song absolutely kills it and it still feels as raw and as edgy as back then in 94.
A formative album for me. I actually don't listen to Nirvana that much anymore... but still a classic for me.
Que honor haber nacido el mismo año que este disco.
Escuchar este disco me hizo sentir como el meme de “How do you do fellow kids?” Y aunque el grunge nunca fue mi vibra, sí disfruté mucho esta escucha
9.7 Impossibke to separate from tennage years.
Beautiful early-to-mid 90s memories with this one. Teenage years soundtrack. I would often swing back and forth between more extreme metal and grunge/alt-rock. I preferred this one to Nevermind as it sounds somewhat rawer, but I'd give 5-stars to both of them (and if you ask me, my actual favorite is Incesticide...).
Not the same impact as Nevermind and I remember a slight disappointment at the time, but still a classic.
After being quite disappointed with this album after it came out, it has really grown on me quite a bit. This album is fantastic.
My favorite Nirvana album. In my estimation the best Nirvana album. It’s incredibly powerful.
Rating: 9/10 Best songs: Serve the servants, Heart-shaped box, Rape me, Dumb, Very ape, Tourette’s
An absolute classic. Heard it a million times, happy to platter it up a million more
One of my favourite albums of all time
I was 13 when this came out and it was a big part of my life. I even have specific memories of times and places I listened to this album. I think about it every time I pass through Cannon Falls on 52.
It’s amazing how influential nirvana became after essentially only 2 albums but it’s understandable. Both this and nevermind are all time greats for good reason, not much more to be said. Nevermind is still better in my opinion. Fav songs: heart-shaped box, rape me, all apologies
A grunge manifesto in disgust for corporate and popular society at large. Cobain's seething delivery and simple yet evocative guitar lines underwrite not only an indictment of Nirvana's success post-Nevermind and Kurt's feelings of exploitation ('Rape Me', 'Radio Friendly Unit Shifter'), but a continually relevant vision of the sheer vapidity of modern society ('Very Ape', 'Dumb'). Shifting between pure discord and true beauty ('All Apologies' is and always will be a stunner of a track), this LP is not so much rage but cynicism sonified, one final wail against the cesspool of American society before finally giving in.
3/3 студийных альбомов Нирваны.
Might be my favorite album of all time.
You gotta be kidding me, two of my favs in a row! Here's a meme for you: Слушает In Utero Мальчик: Rape Me, Heart-Shaped Box Мужчина: Milk It, Radio Friendly Unit Shifter, Very Ape
Heard it! Love it!
241121 17:13 4.5
Grunge will always have a special place in my heart, it was really the entryway for metal for me, and Nirvana played a big role in that. This is Nirvana at their best. 4/5 Album.
Now we're talking! The best Nirvana album, sorry, Nevermind, which showcases a lot of the band's best tracks as well as having huge significance to me personally. Whilst the highs of Nevermind might have a slight edge on those of this record, In Utero has a stronger complete track list and is a stellar example of 90's grunge from the band that brought the genre out of it's niche and exposed it to the masses.
Everyone has a collection of music that has helped them through some hard times and helped shape them. Nirvana features heavily in my collection. Tourette's is maybe the only song on the album that I wouldn't consider a banger as it feels almost too volatile, explosive and I think there's too much going on. I would however argue that it achieved exactly what it set out to achieve so I can hardly fault it. I may have only been 1 when this album was released but In Utero is timeless. 5/5.
In 1993, it was a different world. We didn't have cell phones or the internet (well, most of us). We didn't have Google, and we didn't have Genius for looking up song lyrics and meanings. We had the liner notes, pulled out of the jewel case and poured over for hours, trying to make some sense of the mystery. I can't decide if we were better off trying to decipher Kurt Cobain's obtuse lyrics, or better off now having so much information at our fingertips. Every magazine story about Nirvana, each video interview with Cobain, even Courtney Love's tweets to Lana Del Rey in 2012 about her vagina's role in Cobain's songwriting. And here we are judging this content 30 years later, 30 years filled with more life experiences and cultural changes that Cobain never experienced. How would he reflect on this music decades later? How would Nirvana's music have evolved? We'll never know, but we do have this amazing time capsule of an amazing band at their creative peak, raw and angry and vulnerable and passionate, screaming until their voices and instruments broke. It's pretty awesome.
Cobain is one of the few lead singers that I know, that can't hit notes, but is still an amazing lead. Incredible album.
Fucking eh, what a great album.
A masterpiece, maybe less raucous and brash than its predecessor Nevermind, but nonetheless heartfelt and passionate
Just as good as my teenage angst remembers! It gets the nostalgia 5/5
There are 2 types of people - Nevermind people and In Utero People. I plant my feet firmly in the In Utero Camp. Brilliant, and reminds me of driving around in my first car with this in my cassette player.
A masterpiece. I wish I could have heard Kirk’s follow-up.
Amazing band that was constantly evolving and getting better. Shame that this was their last album.
Teen angst has paid off well Now I’m bored and old
Gets better through time. Great record
The peak of grunge and one of the definitive albums of the 1990s.
some nirvana is overrated but not this shit
Plein de grr, de souffrance, de son gras. Cobain au sommet de son art de compositeur. Pas de mauvaise pièce et plusieurs morceaux iconiques.
One of my go-to albums when I am in a mood. Nirvana + Steve Albini is a killer combination. 5/5 stars
One of my all time favorites, Kurt Cobain at his gloomiest and angriest, what else can I say?
I wish that I was around when grunge rock happened. Of course Nevermind is their masterpiece, but this album has also some great songs on it. Really enjoyed the album and discovered some new songs too. Favourite songs: - Heart-shaped box - Rape me - Frances farmer will have her revenge on Seattle - All apologies
Probably the Nirvana album I've listened to the most. Amazing front to back. The drums to start Scentless Apprentice is one of my favorite moments. There isn't much to harp on here. Great album.
Good strange stuff
Tää on varmaan grungen huippuhetki tai varmasti ainakin yksi niistä. Kovaa bläsäystä eikä yhtään huonoja biisejä. Yritän antaa oikeesti hyville levyille enemmän vitosia nii lähdetään tästä. 5/5
I really love this album a lot and listen to it regularly. One of my favorite albums and bands of all time.
Uno de mis discos fundacionales. Y encuentro que es mejor que el Nevermind. Auguraba una nueva dirección para Nirvana y es una tremenda frustración no poder siquiera ver qué nos deparaba Kurt.
Awesome album, a favorite of mine in my teenage years! Some real grunge classics on here.
The best Nirvana album. While being darker and more weird (there are some odd jazz rhythms and noise on here) Cobain's knack for pop makes it all listenable and even enjoyable. I often wonder what a further ablum would have sounded like - even more Albini brutalism? Even more musical diversity. It's a shame we'll never find out.
Heart shaped box, pennyroyal tea, all apologies. Great album. Last nirvana album.
An obvious classic, great production.
Pretty undeniable I have to admit
All Nirvana albums are 5-star albums. All of 'em. This is probably the raunchiest-sounding mainstream album ever released. The opening lick of Serve the Servants is so vile I used to turn my stereo down for the first few seconds of the song. After that, though, the lazy guitar lack drags the listener along through a hard rock sludged out fuzz fest. And the drums on Scentless Apprentice! In Utero is chock full of ultra-abrasive super fuzz and a few surprisingly gentle singles in Dumb, Pennyroyal Tea, and All Apologies. Rape Me and Heart-Shaped Box fall somewhere in the middle. Hard drivers, but not terrifying to casual listeners at the time. They would both be too abrasive for mainstream today. The entire album was recorded over 2 weeks with producer Steve Albini, using the wall-of-sound techniques pioneered by Phil Specter. It's mostly live with all players playing in a room full of mic'd amps. It makes for a truly brutal sound. Grohl's kick drum sounds huuuuge. I love this record.
Not often on this list does an album incontrovertibly deserve to be on it regardless of personal feelings about the band, the music, etc. Rarer still, does the album earn all five stars in spite of that as well. At this time, there are two studio and one live album by Nirvana on 1001. This being their final studio album, it did ride on the success of "Nevermind" but demonstrated more importantly that Nirvana was not single happenstance, but rather a hot iron that had everyone scrambling to strike. While the success of "In Utero" was comparatively somewhat dwarfed by "Nevermind" any band with any dreams of success would be hard-pressed to achieve what "In Utero" did as it would likely be their best performing album of their career if they did. This album captures all of the heavy, the hard, the angst, and grunge elements of an era, an era not necessarily started by Nirvana, however nearly 30 years later, comparisons and root traces still find Nirvana as their common ancestor. Bands who have "Seattle-based" as part of their promotional material is undoubtedly drawing from the mythos of Nirvana. Subsequent or "new" music can all go back to what Nirvana did to rock music in the early 90s, when music collectively abandoned overnight the glam rock and heavily synth'd pop of the 80s. People found that Cobain's introspection asked people to look inward, ultimately for him which led to a tragic end. Casting a shadow on an entire city that became socially ubiquitous with a perception of depression, and mental fatigue. The album deserves 5-stars because it proved "Nevermind" was not a fluke, that Nirvana had indeed codified into the world of music how things were going to be.
El disco entero me gusta. Fue un bombazo tras el Smell ... Escucharlo entero en orden me sigue pareciendo increíble y si tengo que destacar las canciones por separado casi todas son de 10, desde el principio con «Serve the Servants» pasando por «Heart-Shaped Box», «Frances Farmer Will Have Her Revenge on Seattle», «Dumb», «Very Ape», «Pennyroyal Tea», «Radio Friendly Unit Shifter» hasta acabar con «All Apologies».
A tougher more difficult and uncompromising album than Nevermind, but ultimately just as good. Contains classic Nirvana tunes like Rape Me, Pennyroyal Tea, Heart Shaped Box and has Cobain written a better song than Frances Farmer Will Have Her Revenge on Seattle? May take longer than Nevermind but take the time and you'll discover an album even richer and more carried than that classic. 5 stars
Love the raw production on the album. Was a treat.
The songs are loud, poppy, urgent, timeless. The collection is as artistic as it is consumable making it the pinnacle of the bands career. You could even argue this was the pinnacle of punk rock. Listen to the Albini version unless you're a Radio Friendly Unit Shifter.
This album holds a special place in my life as it was the gateway to everything else music wise (and as a consequence highly formative. Eleven years old mw - sneaking up to the family stereo, nicking the CD from my sister’s collection when nobody was paying attention and listening to ‘All Apologies’ on repeat brought out the love of music in me. I still remember the day when I first saw the words ‘Nirvana’ etched out on a wall in my then new school - and being surprised that someone else out there also liked the band as for me, liking this album in the beginning was a very private and personal matter. So much so, I never really bothered with or knew ‘Nevermind’ until years later. Nirvana, started and ended with this album, and to me, it’s there best album. How does it hold up, however, now in the context of the all the other records I’ve listened to since? It’s still a wonderful journey - as dark as an abandoned formeldehyde-scented anatomy lab, at parts grotesque, at parts gentle, at parts ahead of it’s time both musically (Steve Albini’s touch/non-touch really lets this album transcend the era it was recorded in), and thematically (“Frances Farmer…”, “Pennyroyal Tea”, even the much less soft-touched ‘Rape Me’ - still relevant, almost even more so nowadays), while still leaving some space for pop gorgeousness in “Heart Shaped Box”, and “All Apologies”. Yes, it does hold up. It’s amazing through and through, and I’m grateful to this record for the world it has opened to me.
Having acquired many grunge CDs through the Columbia House Music Club in the 90s, it is a bit of a mystery to me that I remained so unfamiliar with Nirvana. Perhaps even more perplexing is that I have lived in Seattle for nearly 25 years and still am only familiar with their bigger hits. Listening to Nirvana is something I always felt I though I needed to do. In Utero is the first Nirvana album I have listened to. I knew "Heart-Shaped Box" and "All Apologies" - both great songs. The rest of this album is great! Definitely lived up to my expectations. Really glad to finally be addressing a glaring omission in my musical experience.
ahead of their time, aged very well. definition of teenage angst
It takes a remarkable talent to build on the success of an album like Nevermind, but these guys managed it.
i love the noisier parts, radio friendly unit shifter is such a bop also, but i am no relistening this as much as nevermind
Raw, slick, classic 5/5 album
эх где мои 14 лет.... физически не могу поставить ниже пятерки, хотя уже довольно давно почти не слушаю нирвану (только если mtv unplugged) вроде как считается, что это лучший альбом нирвану, с чем я не могу не согласиться. и хотя лично мне проще воспринимать nevermind (видимо, дело в его \"отполированном\" звучании, которое позже так не нравилось самой группе), понимаю, что in utero интереснее и сложнее (а еще манекен с обложки так и не подал в суд) короче: нирвана в сердце навсегда
Прекрасный, болезненный альбом Тьма посмотрела в меня и я посмотрела во тьму, слушая его
I can't objectively rate this album. It (and nirvana's other albums) are so routed in my teenage experience that this is soul music to me. The grinding guitars and wailing lyrics still send me into a state of peace, excitement that makes me feel how I figure I'm supposed to feel. This may sound ridiculous, but nirvana are my comfort blanket. Despite the bleakness, the mess, the misery. It helps me feel.
Raw, emotional, and excellent.
Nirvana's "Nevermind" were famously produced "like pop songs". "In Utero" clearly aims to not be that. While the production on here is still great, the rhythm section is wielded as a cudgel, while Kurt creates a one-man wrecking crew of noise and abrasion. Even the most "poppy" song on here is not-safe-for-radio, the harshly named "Rape Me". Favorite tracks: "Tourette's", "Serve the Servents", "Milk It", "Dumb"
Without a shadow of a doubt Nirvana’s strongest record. Grunge really peaked with In Utero and everything grunge beyond this release is slowly fading into alternative rock to be honest.
Peak Nirvana. Peak Grunge. Incredible run of tracks from 'Scentless Apprentice', 'Heart-Shaped Box', 'Rape Me' to 'Frances Farmer...'
I needed to be reminded how great Nirvana was 5.
I love this album! I think it has a lot more personality than Nevermind, which is made possible by the vivid lyrics and passionate vocals. I also enjoy the combination of louder, angrier songs (Scentless Apprentice, Tourette's, etc.) and calmer, more reflective ones (Dumb, All Apologies). Favorite song: Very Ape.
I have mixed views on this album. It's purposely a lot more experimental than Nevermind, and initially this turned me off it. But listening to it now, the catchy melodies are there but they're mixed in with distortion and dissonance. In many ways I think of Nirvana in the same way as Nick Drake who also made only 3 nearly perfect albums that were equally diverse in their respective genre. So despite some initial misgivings, this is as essential as the other Nirvana albums. And I love the line 'teenage angst has paid off well now I'm bored and old'.
It's hard to live up to the previous album Nevermind and In Utero almost reaches the same level. It's very different but I like it. It's too bad that this is Nirvanas final album because it would be interesting to see which direction they would take the band towards after In Utero. In Utero is very crisp and raw in a positive way. It's so easy to filter out all the sounds and just focus on for example Dave Grohls drums or Kurt Cobains guitar. It's a 5/5 for me even though I like Nevermind better.
One of my favourites!!!!
A solid album
How do I objectively evaluate this album? I was 12 when this was released and it looms large in my mind. It's easy to forget great songs like Frances Farmer Will Have Her Revenge and Very Ape when they're rubbing shoulders with classics like Heart-Shaped Box and All Apologies. Incredible lyrics and tight, well-written songs abound in this 40 minute masterpiece.
Like a delicious three-ingredient stew, Nirvana are masters of doing a lot with very little. Every song has an iconic hook and takes me on a journey from calm to LET'S GO over and over again. I've been quoting lines from Serve the Servants and Heart Shaped Box for nearly thirty years. In Utero holds up.
Relistening to old favorites reveals much about how time changes our perceptions of things. I found myself thinking more about the style choices, composition, and individual tones for instruments than I did when first listening. More analytical. And it's fascinating.
Love Nirvana, great album.
10/10 LOVE how experimental it is compared to their other projects Nevermind is still my favorite but this is a close second
Like probably everyone, I own Nevermind. And probably like most, that's the only Nirvana album I own. Maybe that makes me like the guy they sing about in In Bloom. But I honestly never got into this follow-up; just didn't think it was as good. Re-listening to it, from the first two songs you notice how much harder (or as others say, abrasive) the sound is (I love the sound of Scentless Apprentice, though not the screeching vocals). That makes it more of a challenge to grasp the lyrics, which admittedly are just as good and thought-provoking as on their previous album. Cobain really was a masterful lyricist. And they show more depth in their musicianship. I totally hear Cobain's love of the Pixies in this album - in how it takes on a different sound than Nevermind, in how the songs differ vastly from each other, in some of the edginess. In retrospect, I really dug lesser knowns Frances Farmer, Very Ape, and Milk It just as much as well knowns Heart Shaped Box, Rape Me, Dumb, and All Apologies (all incredible songs). Even Pennyroyal Tea grew on me (until now I didn't understand why it was so beloved). I still think Nevermind is better, but In Utero is pretty damn good and a real close second.
How can you possibly follow up Nevermind? Do you remember what it was like when that came out? "Smells Like Teen Spirit" was EVERYWHERE. That was such a defining musical statement back then. I got the Nevermind album, but did not listen to it as much. This I listened to a _LOT_. So a few years later this comes out, and it's so... different, but utterly of the band. I remember not liking it as much at first, but a few listens later, I felt it was a musical evolution of the band. Thinking back, I could liken it to how "Angel Dust" was to Faith No More's "The Real Thing". "Serve The Servants" - I never liked it as the opener. But honestly I am not sure where there is a good place to put the song that fits the album. It kind of feels a bit like a b-side. "Scentless Apprentice" is credited by all three members, but is pretty noisy. Think it could have used a little more work, actually. "Heart Shaped Box" is just such a damn good song. It really shows you how far the band had come. I think at first I gravitated towards "Heart Shaped Box" as my favorite, but now it's "All Apologies." It makes me a bit sad, since it was the last song off their last studio album. "Rape Me" - ... I know what the song is, but it's still hard to sing along to. "Frances Farmer..." - interesting song, particularly once you know that the song is about the actress (Cobain's 'patron saint' as it were) "Dumb" - great song, both this version and the unplugged version. "Very Ape" - I always liked this tune, the crunchiness of the guitars, the line "If you need anything please don't hesitate to ask someone else first." "Milk It" - I always thought this song was a bit over the top, although I dug what they were trying for here. "Pennyroyal Tea" - I like the contrast of the two versions, this one and the unplugged version. "Radio Friendly Unit Shifter" - I liked the droniness of it. I imagine it being sort of done after a night of no sleep. "Tourette's" is very much a sequel to "Territorial Pissings" for me. Much shorter, though it doesn't need to be too long. Listening to a few different mixes of "All Apologies" it's obviously influenced by "Tomorrow Never Knows". Still it is probably one of their finest moments. I wish it wasn't their last. The album itself is a little uneven, but the great moments still outshine the previous album for me. So I am still going to give it 5 stars. Probably because I listened to it so much in my early 20s. A defining moment for me, musically, I think.
In Utero cements Nirvana as one of the most influential bands of the 90's. The sound of the record is much more raw and hectic than its predecessor. The guitars are rough, angry, and aggressive. The lyrics are dark and mesmerizing. The drums are heavy and scary. Cobain is easily the most famous grunge artist to have ever lived, and he shows just why on many of the songs on this record. Not only do his guitar riffs feel dirty and raw, he is also able to show a softer side when the lyrics call for it. Very inspired record and its always fun to imagine what would have been had Nirvana continued into the late 90's. Favorite Track: Heart Shaped Box Least Favorite Track: Radio Friendly Unit Shifter
Nirvana at the height of it's power. Albini's production puts the band as they should sound on record, and it's so powerfully distorted and raw. This album straight up rocks and is an all-time favorite of mine.
Self aware angst driven grunge for the mature rocker.
All apologies will never not be amazing
Hey guys, first day and a what a wonderful start. In utero 10/10 best song dumb
Lite för ojämnt för högsta betyg!
This album is a banger. I love how the first song just bursts out with dissonant shit, as if to say ha ha check this shit after our last poppy, clean, kazillion-selling album. I can't honestly say I prefer it to nevermind, but the highs are up there imo. Heart shaped box, rape me, dumb, eeaaasily among their best. 4/5.
8.5/10 FT: Rape me
this fucks also!!!!
A little chaotic at times, but I suppose that was intentional. Unfortunately it did not help my headache. Kurt Cobain really is something unique, though. 3.5
Best Nirvana album. Dumb is an absolute classic!
Songs sound very stripped back and raw Mix of immediate hits and dissonant noise rock Sick, introverted lyrics All the songs seem connected without sounding similar
я признаю Кобейна как культовую для общества культуру, но как музыкант он не раскрыл свой потенциал полностью. эта работа показывает Нирвану и всех ее участников с новой стороны: структуры песен стали сложнее, а вокал Курта куда агрессивнее. Также, определенно, я не могу не выделить введённые эксперименты с гитарным звуком в «Milk It», в котором не перегруженная акустическая гитара звучит будто фри-джазовая импровизация, и «Radio Friendly Unit , в котором время от времени появляющееся электро-гитара создаёт, как не странно, эффект радио. это звучит весьма интересно, особенно для группы. подводя итог, я не нахожу этот альбом шедевром, как и Nevermind или Bleach, но тут творческий запал группы на ее коротком пути смог раскрыться на полную: он полон действительно хороших и великолепных песен, но в них есть элементы, вызывающие вопросы. С критической точки зрения было бы крайне любопытно услышать продолжение развития группы, но приходится радоваться лишь этому. 8/10.
Has some of Nirvana’s great tracks on it, as well as some underrated bangers. 4/5
Really good album all the way through.
Kurt Cobain's powerful vocals and guitar mark this album of the cornerstones of grunge culture
Tuesday, Jan. 12, 2021. What a pleasant surprise! Nirvana's "In Utero" starts as I expected, Heart Shaped Box, Rape Me, and all that, which I've always appreciated but never really felt on any deep level. Once we get to Very Ape, however, I think the album takes a positive turn. It's heavy with a unique energy. Prior to this I hadn't sat through a full Nirvana album, and while I do not think I'd sit through another, I very much enjoyed this B-Side and could see myself returning to a few a these tracks. It was nice hearing some tracks beyond your typical edge-lord grunge Nirvana hits and I think I gained a deeper appreciation for the band. All Apologies is a great ender, and while I've enjoyed the song before, it hits just a little bit different closing out this album. 8/10 for me. Lost points for making me hear HSB and RM again, which I could have done without. Bonus points for every single B-Side track going real hard.
Just missed 5 stars. Sadly, Nirvana's last album before Cobain died.
Great album with many of my favourite songs from Nirvana. Unfortunatelly there are a couple duds here that make me rate it not as high as I would like to.
The album is killer.
Well it was time for Nirvana and their 1993 album 'In Utero.' I can go back to 1993 in New Jersey, and my roommate had a monster sound system in his car. Whenever I would travel with him around the city of Glassboro - the music would be thumping. Like the many jackasses you see driving around with the stereo that makes everything on the car shake. This is where I started hearing In Utero for the first time. Nevermind had landed and Nirvana was the biggest and best band in the world at the time. It felt like at the time, In Utero was a bit of a disappointment for fans who wanted another Nevermind served up on a platter. Listening to this now, its difficult to listen without the overwhelming history associated with this band. I think honestly, I was focused more on Nirvana Unplugged in NY when it came out in 1994. The stripped down accessibility really appealed to me more than the angry noise that comes from being the biggest and most misunderstood rock star in the world. Still a pretty monumental achievement when looking backwards at this band.
For me, this album has a rough start but then continues with some if Nirvana's best work
Remember a lot but not all of it
Oh, the memories.
I've gone against Nirvana as a matter of principle my whole life - but I actually like this a lot. Heart Shaped Box and Rape Me are overplayed but Serve the Servants and Scentless Apprentice are kind of awesome. Looking at the lyrics while listening gives me a new appreciation for Cobain. I feel like this album has had its dick sucked for so long I didn't want to like it... but it's angsty and uncomfortable and dark. Great listen.
I was pleasantly surprised by this one, I’m not normally a fan of grunge in any capacity but this one hit just right
Three or four classic Nirvana songs. I really enjoyed this album back in the day and I still enjoy it now. Not as gritty as their first album, but great nonetheless.
Damn, we really got this the day after the Courtney Love album. Anyways, Nirvana is ok. 7
Le daré un 4 porque es Nirvana. Pero no me ha gustado mucho. Muy loco.
This album does not sound like the best of Nirvana for me, but still, it's a great piece of music and definitively worths it!
Spät am Tag, und zu diesem erstaunlich unpolierten Abschiedsbrief turned Dreckpunk, (Fuck You All Ich Hab Kein Bock Mehr!) ist ja nun alles gesagt. Und sagt es auch selbst: Rape me, I hate myself and I want to die. I feel you, Kurt.
Esta ya le tengo oído
Some good, some not so good
Finally felt like getting back into listening to these albums but decided I'd go through the ones I've heard before and wanted to re-listen to. This one is still good!
I like this better as individual songs than as an album. Still very good 8/10
Like me some Nirvana! Solid album with some great songs and good songs. Feeling slow today, so no review. 3.5 stars. Rounding up.
Brings me right back to high school and college.
Entero weno, esa guitarra es pura magia
In Utero is beautiful far more often than it is ugly
Bastante dedo no cu e gritaria misturado com musica excelente
En su día llegue tarde a Nirvana, con Kurt Cobaine ya desaparecido trágicamente pero el impacto fue brutal. Volver a orlo me ha recordado que la desesperación de la juventud, por desgracia ha estado presente dese siempre y lo que ahora padecen los "Z" ya lo pasamos nostros en su momento. El día que el enfrentamiento generacional deje de ser un eje utilizado por el capitalismo para tenernos dispersos, igual cambia algo.
As a massive ‘fuck you’ to the music industry the is an unapologetically brutal album and a brilliant one at that. When I’m Utero came out I struggled to love it it in the way I did their two previous albums and only really appreciated as I got a bit older. Personally I still don’t rate as highly as Nevermind nor does it hold a place in my heart in the way that Bleach does. It’s lacks a bit of the rawness of their debut and - couple of obvious exceptions aside - lacks the overall strength of songs of Nevermind- but still an amazing album
I went through a short Nirvana phase as a teenager, but I've never been a huge fan. And as a pathetic snob, the hype around Nirvana/Kurt put me off revisiting. I don't remember much about this album compared to their other two... Pleasantly surprised! I like the noise rock elements and the more distorted/discordant moments more than the "standard grunge" sound I remembered. This album has aged well for me, and I enjoy it more now than I did in the past.
My appreciation of Nirvana has definitely increased since the last time I went out of my way to listen to them, largely due to their support of the Riot Girl movement. I wanted to go through the lyrics but didn't end up having time. All in all, really enjoyed this album! They're a well rounded sound. Spotify's algorithm successfully erased whatever edge I gained from listening to this ablum in full by putting on Weezer's Island in the Sun directly after. Well played, Spotify. Well played.
Pretty much a modern classic.
Not as great as I remember but still has transcendent moments. All Apologies is one of the great album cappers ever.
If Kurt Cobain wanted a more un-polished and un-refined record than Nevermind, I think they successfully accomplished this without a doubt. In Utero is possibly the quintessential grunge/garage rock albums of the early 90s. At times the raw sound could be a little grating, but looking past those couple of tracks, it's one to have a good head-banging sesh to. Best: Heart-Shaped Box; Pennyroyal Tea Worst: Scentless Apprentice; Radio Friendly Unit Shifter
What else is there to say about Nirvana's In Utero? Kurt's vocal performance is incredibly unique, the sound is raw, abrasive, and satisfying, and the lyrics are honest, edgy and epic. It was Nirvana's attempt to create a sound that is less easily understood by the mainstream public than Nevermind was, but I would argue that it makes for a much more compelling and interesting record. I do clearly prefer some tracks over others, and that mainly has do to with the vocal mixing which is perfected on Serve The Servantrs, Heart-Shaped Box, Rape Me, Pennyroyal Tea, and All Apologies. 4/5.
Better than I remembered.