In Utero [20th Anniversary Edition]

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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
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  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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  1. Positive: 24 out of 24
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  1. Feb 24, 2014
    10
    In Utero is a very haunting record even 20 years after it's original release. Kurt Cobain continues to show us on this album that he trulyIn Utero is a very haunting record even 20 years after it's original release. Kurt Cobain continues to show us on this album that he truly was a gifted songwriter. 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. Dec 20, 2016
    10
    In Utero goes deep inside your soul and controls your emotions. This album is a masterpiece.
    Nevermind lacked such emotion, and vibe that
    In Utero goes deep inside your soul and controls your emotions. This album is a masterpiece.
    Nevermind lacked such emotion, and vibe that gets to your soul.
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  5. Apr 28, 2017
    10
    One of the greatest albums of all time for me. It's dark, it's angry, it's loud and raw but it's got so much power behind it's unbelievable.One of the greatest albums of all time for me. It's dark, it's angry, it's loud and raw but it's got so much power behind it's unbelievable. Like a crude nuclear bomb. I'm a big fan of Nevermind, I think it's as close to perfect as you'll get for a rock record but "In Utero" is like a record from a completely different band. Following up a mainstream rock phenomenon like Nevermind with this album is one of the ballsiest moves in rock history and even with hindsight, I still don't think Nirvana get the credit they deserve for doing it. You can feel Cobains emotion throughout the record and Albini's production absolutely makes this - the sound he captured from the drums and the bass are incredible. There are 2 tracks that push the listener a bit uncomfortably close to the edge - Scentless Apprentice and Tourettes - both great tracks but on the heavy side. The rest of the album is surprisingly catchy underneath the abrasive exterior and deliver a shivers down the spine effect. People go on about Kurt Cobain and whether is death at 27 is what essentially gives him his rock legend status and whether he had the musical chops for an enduring career. 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
  6. Nov 8, 2013
    9
    'In Utero' is a more difficult album than 'Nevermind', but it's just as essential. It's sound and songwriting style is a homage to the great'In Utero' is a more difficult album than 'Nevermind', but it's just as essential. It's sound and songwriting style is a homage to the great underground bands of the 80's that the members of Nirvana loved so much, and it undoubtedly served to introduce mainstream Nirvana fans to all those bands. Very few bands can create an album that balances accessibility with an artistic vision and sense of purpose this well. 'In Utero' was the album that cemented Nirvana's reputation as one of the best rock bands of all time. 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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