• Record Label: Geffen
  • Release Date: Sep 24, 2013
Metascore
90

Universal acclaim - based on 14 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 12 out of 14
  2. Negative: 0 out of 14
  1. Feb 4, 2014
    100
    The sound more fully formed than ever. [Oct 2013, p.114]
  2. Oct 22, 2013
    100
    The album proper already excellently spoke for itself 20 years ago. [No. 103, p.51]
  3. 100
    Part of what made Nirvana’s final studio album so monumental was everything that made Nevermind a classic--an abrasive retooling of the pop songwriting handbook.
  4. 100
    The 2013 remix is a bit of a wash, if only because the album already sounded great.
  5. Sep 24, 2013
    100
    It’s a crisp, clear makeover that gives the record a greater definition and focus without piling on the polish, tightening it but toughening it too.
  6. Sep 24, 2013
    100
    The new version is in fact more textured and nuanced, but not at the expense of the album's bone-dry, brutalizing crunch. Most of its touch-ups are tastefully unobtrusive and illuminating.
  7. Oct 10, 2013
    90
    The official line on In Utero is that it's a raw uncomfortable document of a band in turmoil and a songwriter on the edge. That's partly true, but it's also cathartic, invigorating, full of terrific, scabrous pop songs, and a good laugh to boot. [Nov 2013, p.86]
  8. 90
    There really is a veritable deluge of ephemera attached to the deluxe editions of this release, so there is certainly plenty for fans and collectors to hunker down over. Be warned though, there is plenty of dross to wade through until you’re able to reveal anything of true value.
  9. Sep 24, 2013
    90
    The LP remains corrosively beautiful.
  10. Sep 24, 2013
    90
    It’s not as shiny as ‘Nevermind’, nor as raucous as ‘Bleach’; it’s not as sensibly realised as it would have been has DGC had entirely their own way, but nor does it completely kick against Cobain and company’s prior achievements.
  11. 80
    The highlight is a live DVD, Live And Loud.... When we get down to the demos--which are largely free of vocals--the sound of a barrel being scraped starts to overpower the music. [Nov 2013, p.101]
  12. Oct 14, 2013
    80
    It still shows signs of the snotty punk remnants that Nevermind had buffed from its paintwork. And yet here it is, neatly repackaged and served up with memorabilia shots in a bid to get us on board once more.
  13. Oct 22, 2013
    60
    Albini's hardline technical/philosophical missive is the tastiest 'discovery' in this inevitable 20th anniversary box set--tastier, indeed than any of the unheard music. [Nov 2013, p.101]
  14. Sep 24, 2013
    40
    A 2013 mix of the LP, reportedly overseen by Albini and surviving group members Dave Grohl, Krist Novoselic, and Pat Smear, and boasting an alternate guitar solo on "Serve the Servants" and a different cello overdub on "Dumb," but otherwise it's indistinct. The bonus material gets worse: ubiquitous B-sides ("I Hate Myself and Want to Die"), boring instrumental demos, and a "Forgotten Tune" that simply sucks.
User Score
8.7

Universal acclaim- based on 94 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 16 out of 16
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 16
  3. Negative: 0 out of 16
  1. Apr 6, 2014
    10
    What can one say about In Utero. It is arguably better than Nevermind, spreading light on Nirvana's gritty, grungy, and violent sound ratherWhat can one say about In Utero. It is arguably better than Nevermind, spreading light on Nirvana's gritty, grungy, and violent sound rather than Nevermind. I'm going to stop comparing it to Nevermind and just say that I have listened to it all the way through and it is an undisputed masterpiece at heart. But I must point out, this album isn't for everyone. If you've heard most of the songs off of this album (other than Heart-shaped box and All apologies) you'll know that there are a lot of questionable songs on here. They will grow on you but this is definitely a genre defining album. It is perfectly imperfect because of how dirty it sounds. Kurt, Krist and Dave literally did one takes on the first couple of songs and it stuck. It was great to hear that since it is what should be showcased by the band. Amazing album. Great band. Full Review »
  2. Dec 12, 2013
    10
    In my opinion, the Nirvana's best album
    bizarre, its rawest production as well as her first album
    I bought the deluxe edition, wonderful
    In my opinion, the Nirvana's best album
    bizarre, its rawest production as well as her first album
    I bought the deluxe edition, wonderful stuff
    no words
    Full Review »
  3. Sep 30, 2013
    10
    In Utero is Nirvana's best album (better than Nevermind), one of the best albums of the 90's and also one of my favourites albums of all time.In Utero is Nirvana's best album (better than Nevermind), one of the best albums of the 90's and also one of my favourites albums of all time. A great alternative rock record, with songs such as "Dumb", "Rape Me", "Pennyroyal Tea" and fan's favourite "Heart-Shaped Box" and "All Apologies" that have become alternative rock classics. Full Review »