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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.
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 12 out of 14
  2. Negative: 0 out of 14
  1. Q Magazine
    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. Magnet
    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: 23 out of 23
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 23
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  1. Jul 2, 2014
    10
    is the second best nirvana album later of Bleach, the debut album, is great i don't want to say more of this album just have to enjoy of thisis the second best nirvana album later of Bleach, the debut album, is great i don't want to say more of this album just have to enjoy of this album is all you need Expand
  2. 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. Expand
  3. Oct 1, 2014
    10
    After Nirvanas second studio album nevermind, the pressure was on them to release as album just as great as it. what i love about nirvana isAfter Nirvanas second studio album nevermind, the pressure was on them to release as album just as great as it. what i love about nirvana is they don't care what people think, with there originality they where able to put together a classic!. In utero is a gritty grunge album and is very different from nevermind. the production is gritty and is a stand out, the lyrics are structured well with dark and flow well together with kurt screaming his head off able to unleash his inner rage against humanity and personal demands, each track on this album has a personality to it, grunge and as beautiful as it comes... Expand
  4. Apr 17, 2017
    10
    Nirvana - In Utero (1993)

    10 / 10 With wild energy and songwriting from Kurt Cobain, and the overall effort of the band, In Utero is a
    Nirvana - In Utero (1993)

    10 / 10

    With wild energy and songwriting from Kurt Cobain, and the overall effort of the band, In Utero is a true masterpiece, amazingly put together.
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  5. 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. Collapse
  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 UteroThis 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. Jan 10, 2016
    7
    In Utero é um bom álbum, que marcou a "queda" do Kurt e está recheado de músicas boas. Junto com as músicas ótimas, estão contidas músicasIn Utero é um bom álbum, que marcou a "queda" do Kurt e está recheado de músicas boas. Junto com as músicas ótimas, estão contidas músicas ruins no material. Não é o melhor álbum do Nirvana, mas é bom da sua forma.

    Pontos Altos: All Apologies, Heart Shaped Box, Rape Me
    Pontos Baixos: Tourette's, Milk It, Scentless Apprentice
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