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In Utero

Nirvana

1993

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In Utero

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3.79

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Meh. The 1 star belongs entirely to All Apologies.

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5

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.

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5

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.

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5

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. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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5

A fine outing by these three fine lads. Can't wait to see what they do next!

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5

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.

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There's so much of Steve Albini here. Great great production.

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Sharp, tight guitar, definitely hear Albini's hand at the controls

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5

One of the best albums of grunge, alternative rock and 90's music at all. Raw sound and pure energy! Listened dozens of time.

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5

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

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5

Someone should've told him he was brilliant. Best Tracks: Serve The Servants; Heart-Shaped Box; Radio Friendly Unit Shifter

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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.

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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.

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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."

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1.5 nahvana

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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!

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1993. Key Songs: Serve The Servants, Heart-Shaped Box, Dumb, Rape Me

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Rough and pleasurable

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5

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

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5

Good album

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5

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.

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My favorite album tbh.

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5

One of my favorites, great sound and awesome songs, always

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5

One of the more raw Nirvana albums with a few defining hits. Playlist song Dumb.

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Awesome. Just awesome.

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5

Hell yeah

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5

Just classic. I remember when this was released and how raw and urgent it sounded. Still no album like it

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5

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

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¡Buenísimo!

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ABSOLUTE BANGERS ON THIS ALBUM!

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Classic

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5

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! ||

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5 star for Diogo, my bro!

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I was surprised how it still sounds good.

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Todas las canciones, memorables. Un gran disco

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Epic

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Masterpiece. A hypnotising, singular and wonderful experience. A one of kind album.

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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.

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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

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Obscure gem

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5

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.

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Nirvana's best studio album

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Yummy needles

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5

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!

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5

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.

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5

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

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5

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.

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Always a good narrative. Union of all of the good things coming out at the time. Penny royal tea and Heart-shaped Box favourites

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5

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.

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5

A formative album for me. I actually don't listen to Nirvana that much anymore... but still a classic for me.

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5

Que honor haber nacido el mismo año que este disco.

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5

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

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9.7 Impossibke to separate from tennage years.

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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...).

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5

Not the same impact as Nevermind and I remember a slight disappointment at the time, but still a classic.

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5

After being quite disappointed with this album after it came out, it has really grown on me quite a bit. This album is fantastic.

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Great Album.

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My favorite Nirvana album. In my estimation the best Nirvana album. It’s incredibly powerful.

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Rating: 9/10 Best songs: Serve the servants, Heart-shaped box, Rape me, Dumb, Very ape, Tourette’s

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Shot

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An absolute classic. Heard it a million times, happy to platter it up a million more

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One of my favourite albums of all time

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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.

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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

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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.

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3/3 студийных альбомов Нирваны.

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Might be my favorite album of all time.

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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

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Heard it! Love it!

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241121 17:13 4.5

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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.

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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.

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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.

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HEY

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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.

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Very good

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Cobain is one of the few lead singers that I know, that can't hit notes, but is still an amazing lead. Incredible album.

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Fucking eh, what a great album.

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A masterpiece, maybe less raucous and brash than its predecessor Nevermind, but nonetheless heartfelt and passionate

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Excellent album

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Just as good as my teenage angst remembers! It gets the nostalgia 5/5

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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.

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A masterpiece. I wish I could have heard Kirk’s follow-up.

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Amazing band that was constantly evolving and getting better. Shame that this was their last album.

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Teen angst has paid off well Now I’m bored and old

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Gets better through time. Great record

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5 🌟

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The peak of grunge and one of the definitive albums of the 1990s.

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some nirvana is overrated but not this shit

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Plein de grr, de souffrance, de son gras. Cobain au sommet de son art de compositeur. Pas de mauvaise pièce et plusieurs morceaux iconiques.

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One of my go-to albums when I am in a mood. Nirvana + Steve Albini is a killer combination. 5/5 stars

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One of my all time favorites, Kurt Cobain at his gloomiest and angriest, what else can I say?

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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

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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.

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5

Good strange stuff

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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

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5

I really love this album a lot and listen to it regularly. One of my favorite albums and bands of all time.

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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.

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5

Awesome album, a favorite of mine in my teenage years! Some real grunge classics on here.

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5

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.

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5

Heart shaped box, pennyroyal tea, all apologies. Great album. Last nirvana album.

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5

An obvious classic, great production.

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Pretty undeniable I have to admit

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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.

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Lite för ojämnt för högsta betyg!

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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.

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8.5/10 FT: Rape me

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this fucks also!!!!

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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

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Best Nirvana album. Dumb is an absolute classic!

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All apologies

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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

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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.

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Has some of Nirvana’s great tracks on it, as well as some underrated bangers. 4/5

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Really good album all the way through.

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Brilliant

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Good album

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Super

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Kurt Cobain's powerful vocals and guitar mark this album of the cornerstones of grunge culture

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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.

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Just missed 5 stars. Sadly, Nirvana's last album before Cobain died.

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4

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.

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The album is killer.

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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.

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For me, this album has a rough start but then continues with some if Nirvana's best work

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Remember a lot but not all of it

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Oh, the memories.

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❤️

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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.

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I was pleasantly surprised by this one, I’m not normally a fan of grunge in any capacity but this one hit just right

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4

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.

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Damn, we really got this the day after the Courtney Love album. Anyways, Nirvana is ok. 7

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Le daré un 4 porque es Nirvana. Pero no me ha gustado mucho. Muy loco.

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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!

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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.

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Esta ya le tengo oído

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Some good, some not so good

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Good stuff.

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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!

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I like this better as individual songs than as an album. Still very good 8/10

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Like me some Nirvana! Solid album with some great songs and good songs. Feeling slow today, so no review. 3.5 stars. Rounding up.

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Brings me right back to high school and college.

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Very good

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Entero weno, esa guitarra es pura magia

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In Utero is beautiful far more often than it is ugly

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Bastante dedo no cu e gritaria misturado com musica excelente

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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.

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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

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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.

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legal

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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.

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Pretty much a modern classic.

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Not as great as I remember but still has transcendent moments. All Apologies is one of the great album cappers ever.

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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

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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.

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Liked it

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Better than I remembered.

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6/12 cant do the screaming

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great stuff

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-Aggressive, frustrated and driven -Self-harm subtexts

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I don't know man. Like I recognize this a really solid grunge album. But I don't really like grunge in general so I feel like my score for this will be lower than others. but I do really enjoy Heart shaped box and Dumb. All Apologies isn't too bad either. Not sure what sound they were going for when they made Tourette's but I don't care for it. But maybe that was the goal? who knows. Overall, I see it's value and worth in the genre itself. But I never fully understood the hardcore Nirvana Kurt Cobain thing. Decent music for sure though.

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Scentless Apprentice is really aggressive. It demonstrates the rebellion and angst of the grunge movement. Heart Shaped Box is quintessential Nirvana. Definitely an emotional and angry record overall. Lots to unpack. But All apologies as a closer - brilliant!

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I like the Albini production, and the bits where it goes a bit more weird e.g. Milk It and Scentless Apprentice.

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The hits are great (thus 4 stars), but the rest are meh.

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1/2 Great. 1/4 Good. 1/8 Bad. 1/8 Real Bad

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a great racket - muddy, raw, dark as fuck. 4

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Didn’t like them at the time, changed my mind now

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Suena a lo que siempre pienso que suena Nirvana (que no es crítica). Sólo nunca había escuchado un disco completo de ellos, que yo recuerde. Mis favs: "Serve the Servants", "Rape Me", "Dumb" y "Radio Friendly Unit Shifter", esta última suena divertida. Long live Cubain? 8.5/10

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Angst ridden fat riffs perfect album for a Friday buzz. Milk it would be my highlight

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Like - heart shaped box, serve the servants, rape me

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7.917*1.03= 8.155/10

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Classic Nirvana - been a while but still sounds fresh

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ЧТО: Признанная классика гранжа и американского рока в принципе. Как показывает время, большой и влиятельный альбом для рок-музыки. Третий и последний студийник Nirvana, записанный под влиянием нежелания участников группы делать второй Nevermind (с их точки зрения слишком попсовый, со временем сжавшийся до состояния «микса для радио», что не слишком лестно для рок-группы). КАКОЙ: Энергетика альбома значительно агрессивнее, чем на принесшем группе мировую известность Nevermind. Настроение постоянно изменяется, смещаясь от меланхолии и усталости к недовольству и гневу, и обратно. Во многом этому способствует работа Кобейна с вокалом, который то уходит в неразборчивое бормотание, то срывается в истошные вопли. Весь альбом мечется между крайностями, сохраняя общее состояние надрыва, что, возможно, отражает внутренние переживания фронтмена. Не обходится и без традиционного бунтарства, начиная с названия и обложки, заканчивая лирикой. Интересная запись ударных. Мастерство Грола попало здесь в надежные руки продюсера Стива Альбини, который при помощи записи на примерно тридцать микрофонов смог добиться рассеянного звучания установки. Ощущение, будто удары (особенно малый барабан) звучат как измененный стук капель дождя. Чувствуется, что альбом был создан таким, каким участники Nirvana и хотели его получить (о чем свидетельствует и то, что и лэйбл, и Альбини дали Кобейну и компании полную свободу творчества). О ЧЕМ: Лирика так же неоднородна и своевольна, как музыка, позволяющая себе затрагивать весь спектр тем и эмоций, интересующих и привлекающих музыкантов (в основном, конечно, Кобейна). Встречаются литературные отсылки к Парфюмеру и Стране теней. Все это только подчеркивает личностную ценность этих песен для Курта Кобейна. По свидетельствам участников группы, это глубоко личный альбом, где Кобейн затрагивает темы стремительного роста популярности, развода родителей, экзистенциального кризиса, рождения и смерти. Трагичные истории в соответствии с общим концептом альбома прерываются гневными тирадами и возгласами, выражающими злобу Кобейна на СМИ. Всё здесь есть провокация, недоверие к нормам как таковым. Тем не менее это уже более взрослое произведение, отражающее жизненный опыт творца, его становление в различных ролях. По словам Дэйва Грола, «это уже не отчаяние подростка; это отчаяние рок-звезды». ИТОГ: Исторически важная пластинка, передающая живую эмоцию как через музыку, так и через лирику. Более осознанный и зрелый, при том сохраняющий дерзость и панк-энергетику альбом-исповедь, полный дуализма и душевной борьбы. Включая In Utero, вы оказываетесь посреди поля боя: неистовый панк ведёт безжалостную войну с поп-звучанием и псевдобитловскими мотивами. Альбом искренности. Тем печальнее наблюдать за тем, что происходит с наследием группы сейчас (шараут милому малышу с обложки Nevermind, который внезапно повзрослел). Осталось только бизнес-акулам, уцепившись за современную тенденцию переиздания легендарных альбомов, нанести ещё один удар по свободному духу главных героев рок-музыки начала 90-х. Как бы то ни было, In Utero, как и все творчество Nirvana, буквально кричит о том, как ценны искренность, творчество и свобода быть тем, кто вы есть. ЛУЧШИЕ ПЕСНИ (по мне): Serve The Servants, Rape me, Very Ape.

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Many many classics: Heart shaped box, Pennyroal tea, rape me. For me not as strong as Nevermind, but still massive album

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Great Album. Genre Defining catching the zeitgeist

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middle school days

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This is my second favourite Nirvana album. Heart-Shaped Box and Pennyroyal Tea are timeless classics, but a few other tunes on this album just go so hard - Very Ape and Milk it in particular. Raw music

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Here's another that I own, and I haven't listened to it in years. While a few songs may suffer from radio overplay, the deeper cuts still shine through. Sooooo much better than the Foo Fighters.

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Impossible to listen to without contemplating the tragic aftermath, In Utero will forever haunted by Cobain’s death. The album is angry, prickly and unsettling; as well as a band doing whatever they damn well please, despite what must have been enormous pressure to make Nevermind II. The sound is incredible and the energy and musicianship startling. Some tracks are almost unlistenable which makes them intriguing. And what a sign off All Apologies is. Fascinating, infuriating, uncompromising.

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In Utero deliberately tries to be the anti Nevermind, at least sonically. It’s rougher, rawer and with less of the sheen and polish of its predecessor. I listened to this album a lot as a teenager, and it still sounds pretty good today, but I still prefer Nevermind, just.

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Strange to think that this was considered anti-commercial at the time. I missed out on Nirvana for some reason - maybe a year or two too young, or my rural Devon upbringing, or possibly that by the time I encountered them they were incredibly mainstream already and I was a snob about them. Shame, as this is a really great album.

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J'aime bien le côté plus rock/punk que nevermind qui est clairement plus grunge pop. C'Est un bon album qui annonce bien la suite des choses pour cette époque. 4.5

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A few tracks I hadn't heard before, probably cus they aren't as good as the well known ones.

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Overall pretty good but a few songs are a bit meh. Definitely some cool songs in here I've never heard, I've really only heard Nirvana's "hits". 3.5 up to 4.

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The sound of this album is great, and holds up over time. Easy to hear why they kind of took over the world. On the other hand, there are 4 or 5 songs on this album that I really like, but all the others wear me down and are exhausting to get through.

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Crazy, I'd just had some bad news that day so the album was perfect. Loved Nirvana anyway, but this album was edgy, raw and incredible.

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The best from this album IMO: - Serve the Servants - Heart-Shaped Box - Rape Me - Dumb Had never heard the full album before. I only knew their hit singles. Very solid stuff. C'est cru, défoulatoire, pure. 3.9/5

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I think I'm dumb or maybe I'm just happy. I think I'm just happy.

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Some of Nirvana’s best songs are on here, but their pursuit in producing a more raw album, ends up mixing those great songs with a lot of noise. As a fan, still a great album, but inferior to Nevermind for sure.

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I've never rally listened to a Nirvana album straight through, mainly sticking to the radio hits. But this album gave me an appreciation for the intentionality that Nirvana gave to their complete albums.

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It’s uneven, we know it was intentional but it’s uneven. The top tracks are superb tho.

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Definitivamente IT'S A MUST

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I _really_ enjoyed this album and while I'm very close to giving it a 5, I feel like this is not the Nirvana album for that yet. Iconic.

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it's no Nevermind. Four stars.

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Nirvana is a band that I'd never sit down to play but always enjoy when I do hear them. The tracks released as singles carry the album imo

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Klassiker.

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This album is rough around the edges. Sure there are a couple polished classics like Heart Shaped Box. The cello in Dumb is a magnificent touch while All Apologies is a masterpiece to me. I can’t get enough of that song. I’m quite fond of the rough edges too. The energy on Very Ape and Serve The Servants is intoxicating. And even Pennyroyal Tea, which was released as a single, kicks up the distortion. The lowest parts are both Tourette’s and the screaming on Scentless Apprentice, which are hard on the ears. Fortunately, these are relatively minor passages of the album. I used to have this album, but I only remembered the singles. I don’t think I appreciated the rawness back then as much as I do now. I’m glad to have rediscovered it on a deeper level.

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Cijeli život mi je dosl bio In Utero najbolji album Nirvane i to s razlogom. Ako nakon ovog slušanja Nevermind (ili Bleach ako slučajno je na ovoj listi) budu bolji, dat ću im 5 majkem.

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Vjerovali ili ne, ovo je najbolji Nirvanin album. Točka. Dumb je njihova meni najbolja stvar ikada, a i sam naziv pjesme opisuje nekad moje stanje. Nije savršen album, ali da je ispod četvotke? Neka hvala, mislim da oni nemaju loš album.

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Osim što je album super, sve što se dogadalo prije i poslije s bendom i Kurtom dodaje jako puno značenja i album postaje još bolji. Tekst je savršen i u nekim trenutcima ti baš žestoko slomi srce i zato mislim da im je ovo najbolji album.

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This is the second best Nirvana album.

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Great album which kicks against the success of Nevermind.

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A difficult listen, even after all these years, when you know what was coming next.

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Ну что сказать - классика!

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Excellent grunge album. Probably nirvanas second best one. This album has some great hits and it’s deep cuts are pretty dark. Only like a song or two on here I don’t like. 8.4/10

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Clean grunge sound, some killer songs. 90s leader.

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In Utero is great. Starts out with two unashamedly non-hits, then just bust the door down with Heart-Shaped Box. Nirvana always knew what they were doing, even though we may not have. Steve Albini produced the album and I'm a suckered for almost anything outta Electrical Audio, but this was kinda the big one. I like to think you can feel his influence on this album. They never lacked grit, but this album just feels gritty in just the right way.

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To be honest, this is the Nirvana record I like the least. It just doesn't jive with me in the way the others do and there aren't really any big stand-out tracks on this one for me. That said, it's still pretty good and I enjoyed re-listening to it as a whole.

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I'MMM ANNNEEEEMIIICCC!!!!!

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Having a hard time rating this whole album. There are 5 or 6 great songs but also 4 or 5 terrible ones. Some of the worse ones just consisted of him yelling until his voice broke. Sometimes that works out (like on "Rape Me") but other times it was hard to listen to. The good songs pull this up to a high 3, low 4 stars, but not sure I'd like to have to listen to the whole album again.

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classic

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Brilliant album, great production and barely a bad song on it.

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Brilliant album.

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If Nevermind portrayed a baby on its cover picture and this is named In Utero there must be a reason: in a way the band is acknowledging the huge burden that following up on that album was, in spite of all of their efforts to distance themselves from it. At the same time, the uterus is the place where the baby was before. A warm, acuatic, comforting environment... Isn't there a parallel with the swimming pool and the dollar bill? And still, there is no regression here, quite the opposite, from baby to foetus, unless Kobain meant a return to a somehow more authentic nature of the band. Because there is nothing happy about the Nirvana state of consciousness, and nothing comforting about being in the uterus, especially when you know what is waiting for you out there. Famously a difficult listen, and I can confirm that this album surely is not easy listening . Never mind the Nevermind naysayers, this one is completely another beast, and deliberately so. Personally, it took me a while and many listens to even start appreciating its qualities, and every single time was like listening to a new album. Now that I am listening to it I am surprised at how it sounds raw and clean at the same time, loose and contained, wild and... I don't really want to say controlled but you get the sense that they knew what they were doing, what they were going for. The drums bang, the guitar screeches and howl, submerged in feedback, the vocals are throat-ripping, everything is so explosively loud and on the verge of collapsing that barely anyone is mentioning the cello on two tracks (Dumb and All Apologies). It's pure torment, anguish, rage. There is almost no pop in here. And still. No, this is not a classic. It's not for everyone, and for sure it's not for every day. A take it or leave it definite statement Same as a birth.

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It was okay, I thought that the vocals overall were a little bit lacking though like I thought that the mix was kind of weird. I think that there were good melodies and good instrumentals and drums, however, I just thought that the mix of the vocals didn't really fit with the rest of the track. Overall pretty good. I think that my favorite tracks were Heart-Shaped Box, All Apologies, and Frances Farmer Will Have Her Revenge On Seattle. I thought that the album got better as it went along, but maybe I just need to hear it more than once.

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This is one of those albums where I have heard multiple tracks off of it but have never sat down to give it a full listen. It is the first Nirvana studio album generated for me on this list, but I have received their Unplugged record already and have listened to 'Nevermind' many times. My overall impression of In Utero is that while it is a very good album with some amazing songs, it somewhat pales in comparison to both of those classics. I feel that this record starts off very strong in the first half (the first four tracks are all diverse, powerful, and just pure awesome); however, it slowly started to lose me in the second half. The last stretch of songs (completely disregarding the closer "All Apologies" as that song is excellent) is overall forgettable and repetitive in my opinion. The energy was there 100%, but it was the first time I felt like there was filler on a Nirvana album. In spite of that, I thought the band's direction on In Utero was super interesting as I see them going two completely separate ways. It is clear that they wanted to further expand sonically by incorporating strings and ballad-like songs throughout the track-listing, but you can also tell they were attempting to get back at critics/fans who thought they might have gone too mainstream on NM by releasing more hardcore/brutal songs such as "Scentless Apprentice" and "Tourette's". It would have been very interesting to see them progress past this album as I'm not sure which direction they would go (I lean towards more polished rock as Kurt Cobain was a huge fan of the Beatles/John Lennon). Overall, I had a fun time listening through this one completely, but it didn't blow me away. 3.5/5.

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Not Nevermind, which is exactly what they were going for. More noise, less pop, but still a lot of classics here. One of my favorites, Sappy, was a b-side.

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Some killer songs on here but think I prefer that live album before this. He definitely goes pretty wildly grunge on a few, but still picked up a few tunes -- Big fan of All Apologies, Rape Me, and of course.... Heart Shaped Box

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4.25

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Its legendary but it self pity hasnt aged well.

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Not as much of a stand out as Nevermind, but still a damn good album.

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4.5

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Przyjemny, mocny grunge. Bardzo agresywny, ale dobrze się słucha. Nie porwał mnie na tyle, żebym często wracał, nieco za duża powtarzalność - dlatego daję 4.

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Nevermind lepsze, ale to wciąż całkiem ok. Takie nie za mocne 4/5

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Still Nirvana, but more inconsistent and hard to listen at times. Many hits mixed with hardcore grunge. Loved the bangers, grit my teeth on some of the rest. Still a great album tho. Highlights: Serve the Servants, Rape Me, Dumb, Pennyroyal Tea, All Apologies

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Another one I know "of" but never put on end to end. What fire in their bellies. And I'm sure I never really listened to the drums on this record. They hit HARD. I guess in my own ruleset I can't give this a 5 because I don't think every last track is a keeper or at least serves the whole, but it's damn close. Surprises: Scentless Apprentice, Frances Farmer Not surprises: Rape Me, All Apologies, Dumb

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I don't think I've listened to this album before. Of course I love Heart Shaped Box, Rape Me and All Apologies. But I like that I discovered Milk It and Pennyroyal Tea which are both really good.

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I was way into grunge in the 90s but heard so much Nirvana on the radio unsurprising never got their albums. This was my first listen to “In Utero.” Great intensity and overall solid, but I do prefer my grunge with more guitar leads and harmonies.

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This album still holds up for me! So great! Forgot how much I loved this album.

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What can I possibly say about "In Utero"? It's good. I like it.

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Didn’t hit as hard as Nevermind across the board, but still has some absolute smash hits.

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Really good. The production is on point. I forgot how hard it goes

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Great album start to finish.

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i like dumb x

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Not as good as Bleach or Nevermind. Still a great album but lacking the ferocity of Nirvana's previous albums. I always felt the production too clean for what they were trying to do. After listening to this, I had a listen to the Steve Albini mixes. They were right to change the vocals as they were too Low in Albini's mix but the rest of the sounds were perfect. The released result being to slick. Still this is the soundtrack of a band who couldn't deal with the massive changes success had brought. Cobain's lyrics being were conflicted. Fun fact: I was interning at Juice Magazine (an defunct Australian mag that was partnered with Spin) when the advance copy of the album cam into the office. Even though I was there as a graphic designer, one of the editors invited me to listen to the album with him so I could give a punter's opinion. I can't remember exactly what my response was. Something along the lines of not being as excited by it as Nevermind but still loving it. 29 years later my opinion hasn't changed that much

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Alright, but kinda boring. Fun to hear the influences, but I can't really see myself going back much.

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I thought it was pretty cool

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helt okej sound, känns såklart klassiskt. men inget som får mig att bli go i benen va.

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More shouty than I recall but less tuneful as well. Like the production/sound.

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some classics, very gritty and rough. heavy distortion at times, not bad, not for me. Just give me the hits off the album

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3-stars in you're not into Grunge, 5-stars if you are.

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Not a big fan of this album. A little too gritty and messy for me. On re-listen it is better than I remember, but I wouldn't give it many plays

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This is all a bit much isn't it. But I suppose there are three bangers on it.

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Grungy and entertaining, though not exactly why I typically choose to listen to

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Good but a little too angsty heh

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Definitely has nothing on Nevermind, but decent songs throughout. I'm not a huge fan but it's not bad.

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Still feels a bit overrated but solidly done.

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I like Nirvana, but never felt like they were the second coming as so many do. It's a good album. 3 stars.

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Liked the songwriting on Nevermind better overall.

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again, just okay

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Mer utilgjenglig enn jeg husket gitt. Holder fortsatt knappen på Nevermind hvis jeg må velge en skive.

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I just realized I do not like Nirvana that much >_<

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Yep, sounds like a Nirvana album.

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Not a huge fan of Nirvana, but not a terrible album. Probably won’t go back to it, but there were some good tracks on it Favorite Track(s): “Heart-Shaped Box” and “All Apologies”

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Me agota el grunge.

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Medium Nirvana-fan. Bedre Nirvana-album, imo: Unplugged-albumet, Nevermind. +: Very Ape, Radio Friendly Unit Shifter, All Apologies -: Rape Me, Frances Farmer Will (...).

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Done

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Deutlich krasser und wilder in Erinnerung gehabt, kommt mir der „Nevermind“ Nachfolger plötzlich so kalkuliert bieder vor. Ein Wechsel aus Pop Songs und programmatischen Noise Punkrock. Bei „Scentless Apprentice“ kann ich einfach nicht anders als am Anfang die Drums des Grohl‘schen spin off Foo Fighters‘ „My Hero“ wieder zu erkennen. Bezweifle, ob dieses Album heut für annähernd ähnliche Furore sorgen könnte. Ich trink erstmal meinen Lieblings Tee: Pennyroyal 2.9

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5. Seems like a fairly good Nirvana album, but can't say I love Nirvana.

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The good songs are very good, but nothing I would return to that often.

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not my favorite Nirvana album

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In utero is a Latin term literally meaning "in the womb". In biology, the phrase describes the state of an embryo or fetus. In legal contexts, the phrase is used to refer to unborn children. Under common law, unborn children are still considered to exist for property transfer purposes. I give this album three properties! (just land, no structures)

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Grunge isn't really my thing. They had a few decent songs tho,

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I enjoyed it, but not as much as their live album. ***

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At one time, I played the grooves off of this album... upon re-listening, I'm not sure it stands up to the passage of time. Maybe it's because the guitars are mixed too loud, or maybe I have become a geezer.

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He sent an album I owned them listen to a lot. This is it. It’s interesting in that well it’s a bit of a reversal of the direction the band was going. They seem to never mind was a little more user-friendly for the General population. Definitely not pop but more user friendly. In neutral reverse the trend and got back to the grunge. They recall that a lot of stores required this CD not to be publicly displayed because the words “rape me “Ronit. Not sure if the Justin Bieber loving authorities we’re grouping the grunge guys with the skinheads and I thought that the song was endorsing glorify and rape. The words make it obvious that that wasn’t the case. I can’t think of better words to show how a victim feels than the words “I love to lick your open sore. I just can’t forget I can’t imagine ever forgetting those words. Nirvana most had the originality to continue to be listenable and.

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A few good songs Nirvana is overrated imo, so it's hard not to rate this harshly

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Nostalgic but didn't enjoy as much as I expected.

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Too heavy for my liking but I can appreciate the craft. Surprised by how many of these I knew despite never actively listening to a Nirvana album. Must be from various ChindoPedigree bashes over the years.

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One could call this album the epitome of grunge music or it could simply be known as alternative rock. Either way, Nirvana went out with a bang with this album and it rocks! Personally it's not my type of music, but I respect the work of the artists.

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Pidin kokonaisuudesta

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Some great ones and some strange in between.

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Not as good as i remember

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7/10

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3/5 Not really interesting

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2 great songs. Few are too busy, yelling.

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This album did not really grab me, despite a few good moments.

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Uhm.... no

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oh man, my music tastes have really evolved since I was a teenager. I mean it's not terrible but I couldn't finish the album

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It was OK

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Probably need to listen to this again

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I think I just don’t get it

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good

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Rating 6.3/10 Mostly only enjoyed Heart-Shaped Box. The rest of the songs were not my jam, mostly consisting of grungy guitars and Kurt Cobain screaming with a bit too much distortion.

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7/10

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Teenage angst has paid off well (on Nevermind) Now I'm bored and old

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Ultimately a bit disappointing, half the songs were really raw and mainly screaming, the other half of the songs were decent but didn't compare to Nevermind's songs

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Meget crazy album, der bliver råbt en del. Der bliver ikke lagt fingre imellem.

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I'm conflicted by this album, but underpinning and riding above all musical opinions, is the feeling of loss. What could this band have done if Kurt had been able to get well and stay healthy? I see the album as a conflicted stream of conciousness. You only need to hear the first two tracks back-to-back to get a sense of what I mean. Tracks like "Heart-Shaped Box", "Dumb", "Pennyroyal Tea" and "All Apologies" playoff as near ballads. Others like "Scentless Apprentie", "Milk It" and "Tourette's" explode and writhe. Throughout it all though, I just can't shake the sense that this album is primarily a band that is working through its understanding of itself. We, the listeners, are left with unresolved emotions and lingering questions.

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I used to listen to this album a lot when I was a teenager, but going back to it I don't think it has aged particularly well. Heart shaped box is still a great song, pennyroyal tea and rape me have a lot of energy to them, but the album overall seems to lack a certain something. As with a lot of my 3 stars, I'd go back for a song or two but probably wouldn't listen to the whole thing with any kind of regularity.

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Is had moments but sounds like a pale version of some of their hits.

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Pretty good album. It has some of the classic Nirvana songs and the others were hit or miss but still some really good ones in there. 6/10

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Ok, I am about to get my 90s kid credentials revoked. Let me preface this by saying that I like grunge. I like the mix of rock and punk and all the grit and distortion that comes with it. But for whatever reason, I just could never get totally behind Nirvana. There are lots of songs I like (All Apologies, Dumb), some I love (Heart-Shaped Box), and some I don't really get but I'm willing to go on that ride (PennyRoyal Tea). But I actively dislike Scentless Apprentice and especially Tourette's (why is that possessive??). They are just noise for the sake of noise. Rape Me has always bothered me because it is supposed to be an anti-rape song like "go ahead and rape me but I will survive this" but you can't really get that unless you read that Kurt intended it that way. Ultimately I feel like Nirvana is Ethan Hawke's character, Troy, in Reality Bites. Trying to be counter culture, anti-everything artists on the outside with a soft, sensitive center...but in reality Troy (and Nirvana) just aren't as good as people want to believe them to be.

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6/10

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6/10

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I appreciate the importance of Nirvana but this album just doesn't work for me.

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I already liked some songs from this album, namely Heart-Shaped Box and All Apologies, but I also discovered I liked dumb. Honorable mention to Frances Farmer Will Have Her Revenge on Seattle and, a little bit, knocked down in part by its title, Rape Me. Why call something that? Edgy I guess? Meh. Multiple songs were way too screamy, so it's sort of a 2.5, but that's rounded up to a 3 here I think.

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Fínt grunge.

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Not as good as I remember

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Bit of a mixed bag for me but I liked it

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Not my favourite Nirvana album

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Bueno!.. pero definitivamente no logro su sonido. Me quedo con las típicas.. Heart shaped box All apologies

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A classic (for my age group lol). I remember really not liking Nirvana when they first got big because their sound was different and, in all my elementary-school-aged wisdom, it bugged me. Came back to them recently after "Lithium" got picked as the Seattle Kraken hockey team goal song. I haven't listened to this whole album though, so I liked hearing both some familiar and some new-to-me songs on this one today.

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tous les moments où Kurt Cobain ne crie pas sont gold

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Y'a du lourd, mais j'suis pas fan de tout.

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Les années 90 n'ont rien produit de brillant

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Some great tracks on here, I like the grungy guitar sound and interesting chord progressions. In my opinion there aren't as many standout tracks as in their previous album though, there are quite a few forgettable moments

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Some good songs mixed in with some poor ones

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Great album, but not Nirvana's best album. Hard to beat Nevermind though.

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Rating system (Most of these albums are shoo-in 5-star albums for anyone “into” the genre they represent, my system is trying to avoid all 5-star reviews and break them down to represent my tastes. This is subjective and supposed to be fun, and some of these are snap judgements/hot takes after listening to an album once.): * Why is this even on here/DNF ** Album with artistic merit, but not my jam. Will probably not listen to again without prompting. ***Solid album, would listen to again. Some significant flaws for me to fully enjoy as a “full album.” Most albums will be in this category, as it’s the legit average. ****Almost flawless album, only one misstep in tracklisting or small engineering quibbles. *****Flawless album, one of my favorites, owning is required. Day 4: It’s been a minute since listening to something so unabashedly alienating. So much has been said about this album (and frankly, most of the stuff on this list) but it’s true that this gains so much more relevance in light of everything that happened after its release. Without the unaliving of Cobain, this would have been seen in a larger body of work as perhaps growing pains, or a third album “sophomore slump”. I know it’s more similar to their earlier/live work, but I can also see how it would be disappointing to someone expecting the relative polish of Nevermind. And I know from experience, since this was released when I was in high school, and folks just didn’t grok it the way they did with the previous album (though that number was not zero, obviously. Perhaps more of the population resonated with it in my HS, as I went to school in a semi-rural PNW town). I like loud and noisy and hard albums, but as I’ve gotten older, have definitely not been putting this kind of stuff on my daily listening rotation. I wasn’t really into this when it came out either, but it was a melancholy reminder of growing up in the ‘90s.

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couple classics

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OK. I am not going to get much love for this review ... but this album is just too much noise. Though I do love all "All Apologies", and there are some really big hits on this album, I would be quite happy living the rest of my life never hearing this again. C-

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Koko Nirvanan tuotanto taitaa olla mulle keskimäärin varma 3/5. Puolet biiseistä iskee ihan hyvin ja puolet vähän kehnommin.

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Ei säväyttänyt erityisen paljoa mikään biisi, mutta ihan hyvää riffitystähän tää on.

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Ei paras Nirvana. Ihan jees kyllä. Ei ehi kirjottaa pitkii sepustuksii. Kassu löytyy hyllyst joten ihan tuttua kauraa 3/5

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Yeah, so, I never really saw that Nirvana was the transformational band that they get credit for. Transformational, certainly, just not as much as they've been given credit for. Personally, I felt that Alice In Chains should've been the band that got the credit for ending hair metal and ushering in flannel. I suppose they just didn't have the pop radio appeal that Nirvana had. I mean, Facelift came out a year earlier than Nevermind. Additionally, I think Nevermind was the more groundbreaking album anyway. In Utero has some great songs, it just wasn't groundbreaking or transformational in my opinion.

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Mostly good. 3/5

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Sad and angry, possibly after a heart break. Classic nirvana

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Too much screaming, not enough music. And I do happen to enjoy grunge. While conceptually In Utero is really rather neat, it's execution leaves a lot to be desired - the songs get repetetive, the vocals appear sub-par, and the conherency and consitency just isn't there. Some tracks hold their own, but mostly the vocals aither overshadow or dissapear under the backing tracks. That said, it's still not outright unpleasant to listen to. Simply average.

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Has some bangers but also some misses in my opinion. Hard to beat Nevermind.

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Pretty solid, Enjoyed most of the songs. Best song: Heart shaped Box

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I see Dave Ghrol's influence now more than in the past. Not a grunge fan that hasn't changed. And this is not Never mind.

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ugh. Never liked them; never liked grunge or whatever they called it.

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A few good songs but if this is their best I don't get the hype

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Oof

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It's nowhere near as good as Nevermind IMO, but still has a few good tracks here and there. A lot of stuff on this album isn't really my cup of Pennyroyal Tea ;)

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Some pretty bad songs but some good ones too

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Contains 2 classics but I didn't like any of the rest

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Noisy and angry

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Probably 2.5 perfectly fine

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By the time grunge hit the scene, I had been listening to metal, punk & post-punk for nearly two decades, so I dismissed it as a louder, raunchier version. Of course, some of the anthems cranked out by Nirvana caught my attention, but their riffs and choruses get recycled a lot on this later album. I like some of this album’s more melodic tracks like “Heart Shaped Box”, but I find the overall sound too limited and familiar.

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I hoped I might like like this as I didn't mind the Nirvana Unplugged album and 'In Utero' is often compared to 'The Holy Bible'. However, it is nothing like either of those and is back to Nirvana's usual humourless, tuneless dirge.

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It has always been a strange one for me regarding Nirvana. I do like a few tracks but generally, I'm not the biggest fan. It's a similar story with this album. 'Heart-Shaped Box' is a tune that I have liked for a while but it doesn't blow my socks off. The controversial 4th track 'Rape Me' actually has a good instrumental to it but I find myself struggling to enjoy it for obvious reasons. I've seen that it is supposed to be an anthem that defies rape from the point of view of the victim; however, as much as this song seems to have good intentions, I could imagine it being an extremely difficult listen for an actual victim regardless of the context, especially with the pretty barbaric ending. Anyway, for a few notable tracks such as 'Heart-Shaped Box', I'll give this one a 2/5 overall.

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Move along, nothing to see here. Boring, angsty grunge shite. Kurt's voice is boring and samey. Best song "Heart Shaped Box". Worst song " Rape Me". Sad bastards.

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Lots of screaming. I like "Heart-Shaped Box"...other than the songs I know as singles, way too much screaming...awful

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I've been a Nirvana skeptic for as long as I've known them. So I thought this would be a good opportunity to approach their music with an open mind and try to take it on its on merits. And I did try. Unfortunately, this record did almost nothing for me. Sure, the band sounds *huge* in a way that became inescapable for most alt-rock bands to follow. And Kurt may have the soul of a poet, but the musical translation of his painful disaffection is a dreary slog that I find almost impossible to appreciate or relate to. These songs seem to mostly bleed and blend together to my ear. Maybe it's a generational issue. Then again, there's tons of other 90s bands I love. For now, I remain unmoved. But maybe the additional Nirvana records on this list will make a deeper impression. Hot take #1: In Utero (and perhaps Nirvana itself) is less than the sum of its parts Hot take #2: Hole is (so far into this journey) a better band Rating: 2.5/5 Favourite songs: Heart-Shaped Box, All Apologies

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Surprising, but I don't have much to say about this record. Steve Albini's production is big, Kurt Cobain wears his heart on his sleeve and the sound went on to inspire countless copycats. But almost nothing on this record stood out to me, which was a strange experience, as I was expecting a lot more from a recorded that was lauded by many of my music friends in university. Rating: 1.5/5 Fav track: All Apologies

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I'm not much of a fan of grunge music. I didn't like this album much but there were a few good songs. 2/5 stars for this one.

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I never listened to Nirvana with the exception of the songs that were on the radio. I could not make it thru the screaming in the 2nd song. Why does almost every album on this list have a lead singer that is always SCREAMING?! Ugh. I'm starting to doubt the validity of this list...

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I did my time with Nirvana and never really completely understood the love. This continues to this day.

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Det bästa som kommit ur denna grupp är ett jävligt based självmord

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Grunge/hårdrock. Inget för mig.

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- Seemed unfinished and unpolished - Nice lyricism on Kurt's part

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One or two good songs - Heart-shaped Box and Dumb were good, but found a lot of the album very screechy

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Very grungy, high distortion guitar and vocals. Scentless Apprentice being one of the most egregious offenders, being particularly warped near the end. The song 'Rape Me' was particularly uncomfortable and I didn't feel as though it was sonically unique or profound enough to illicit such gross lyrics. I liked 'All Apologies' though.

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Not their best...

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2.75

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It’s the same as any other 90s grunge album.

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Some songs have meh screamo segments.

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Bleh. Nirvana is another one of those bands that probably deserves more credit than I give them. I just never really got into their particular flavor of grunge, similar to Pearl Jam. As such, this album only scores 2 stars for me.

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Nirvana never does it for me.

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90s stuff. Meh

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It was novel and interesting, but not entirely to our liking

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Ngl I’m just not into Nirvana music for the most part. I do like Heart-Shaped Box and All Apologies but I already heard these songs before.

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At the risk of sounding like my Dad, this is mostly just a racket.

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Get the shotgun

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Bit too shouty for me

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ok

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Bores me

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Could only accommodate Dumb on this album and I would be so very if I were to revisit.

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Nothing really stood out to me, might need another listen

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I know two songs on this album and that is the only reason it’s getting a 2. 😐

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I don't think I had listened to all of In Utero before. I have listened to at least 2 other Nirvana albums before, and I know 5 of the 12 tracks from this album. From the beginning, I've felt at best ambivalant towards Nirvana. "Dumb" and "All Apologies" are interesting, and have kind of wormed there way in to where I like those tracks. But there are tracks on the album that I do not like. Sometimes it's the screaming and noise of the tracks, other times it's the content of the lyrics. The video for "Heart-Shaped Box" just makes me feel gross. As an album, I did not like In Utero.

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Could not get through a single song & the 2/3 that I did get through were a painful struggle. Perhaps I'm just not into "grunge" but this album was not appealing. With that being said, I did somewhat enjoy heart-shaped box & dumb.

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1/15/21

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dame algo k me guste primer aviso

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Kunne ønske det gikk an å gi 0. Adrenalinet koker når jeg hører Kurtern gnåle "Pennoroyal teeeeeaaaaaaaaa". Likte det når jeg var 15 da.

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kk

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Basically if you take Nickelback, then dip them in a vat of crack and meth you get Nirvana. While I think the guitar riffs are really cool, I don't like how they fit with Kurt's voice; as soon as his voice comes in I'm like ah shit stop singing. I love counterculture music and Nirvana do have some better songs on other albums, but just never been able to appreciate this band in particular. Knew a few of these songs but I always prefer non-singles, which weren't decent enough to save this album for me.

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Bad and then at 'Rape Me' it got so much worse. I've looked into why the song was written but for me the song is completely unacceptable and was horrible to listen to.

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Disappointing. Not heard a Nirvana album before, so was excited. But it was boring & the singer's voice grated with me. Forgettable

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Se eu quisesse ouvir alguém berrando eu ouvia as dúvidas na minha cabeça. A única estrela vai para All Apologies.

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If this album's goal was to annoy me then it did its job well. I don't like this genre and this album solidified that fact for me. If I wanted something to make me go deaf with just straight noise, I'd pick this. Favorite track: All Apologies

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Dull, dreary. Might have been cutting edge at the time - but it feels sadly out of its era now. Not exciting at all (bar the one song)

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Ghastly pub rock drone

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Just not a big fan of grunge music. Dumb had some nice sounding parts but that song was the exception not the rule. Some of the songs in the middle of the album were tolerable but bookending songs like “tourettes” were hard listens. All apologies was nice and I added it to liked songs with dumb so at least the song didn’t leave the album with a bad taste in my mouth.

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Great

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