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  • Summary: The Steve Albini-remastered release of Nirvana's 1993 release includes discs of b-sides, remixes, demos, rare tracks and a DVD of live and music videos.
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. 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.
  3. Oct 22, 2013
    100
    The album proper already excellently spoke for itself 20 years ago. [No. 103, p.51]
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. Sep 24, 2013
    90
    The LP remains corrosively beautiful.
  7. 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.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 14 out of 14
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 14
  3. Negative: 0 out of 14
  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 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. Expand
  2. 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. 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. Expand
  3. Nov 24, 2013
    10
    One of the greatest albums of all time for me. Man is it dark, angry, loud and raw but it's got so much power behind it's unbelievable. I'm a big fan of Nevermind but this is like a record from a completely different band. Following up a mainstream rock phenomenon like Nevermind with this is one of the ballsiest moves in rock history. You can feel Cobain's emotion throughout the record and Albini's production absolutely makes this. There are 2 tracks that I don't absolutely love every time I hear them- Scentless Apprentice and Tourettes, and I still love these tracks depending on which mood I'm in. Every other track never fails to send shivers down my spine. People go on about Kurt Cobain and would he be such a legend in rock if he was still around today. This album cemented his legendary status for me regardless of what happened in his life after. Turn your stereo up full and listen to "Milk It" to see what I mean. Expand
  4. 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
    stuff
    no words
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  5. Nov 10, 2013
    9
    In Utero has always been my favorite Nirvana album. The main album is great, so I'm not even going to talk about that. What I am going to mention are the remixes and the additional content. The remixes themselves aren't bad. I would never listen to them over the original recordings, but they don't destroy the tracks. The Live and Loud DVD, if you bought it, is great, definitely one of their best performances. Meanwhile, the bonus tracks are pretty good overall, especially the instrumental "Forgotten Tune" and early demos of song's like "Scentless Apprentice". Of course, if you don't like Nirvana, or didn't like In Utero, this won't change your mind. But if you love it like me, this reissue is definitely worth it. Expand
  6. Dec 17, 2013
    9
    This re-release is some of teh best releases this year maybe a sign of how bad music has become or how fantastic this guys were. In Utero doesnt have the commercial appeal of Nevermind and thats a good thing. The album feels fresh and original even today. Expand
  7. Apr 18, 2014
    8
    From "Serve the Servants" to "Endless, Nameless (Live)" this album has classic written all over it. The book has high quality pictures, the poster looks great and it even comes with a fridge magnet, and you don't see that in many albums. I like all the tacks in the original album and most of the b-sides in the first disc. The second disc with the 2013 mixes is probably my least favourite disc but it's still good, I just can't tell between the 2013 mixes and the original album. Live and Loud is a great show, good set and good quality (but they missed "Smells Like Teen Spirit"). Expand

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