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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: 34 out of 34
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 34
  3. Negative: 0 out of 34
  1. 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
  2. Sep 13, 2020
    10
    A near flawless album, and made with turbulence, doubt, and true rage. Much has been said about In Utero. Much of it focused on theA near flawless album, and made with turbulence, doubt, and true rage. Much has been said about In Utero. Much of it focused on the behind-the-scenes drama, with Steve Albini's infamous original mix not making the grade and Cobain getting sued over the Heart Shaped Box video regarding copyright infringements.

    Well, the end result of all this sweat and toil is beyond phenomenal. The final compromise with the extra touches Albini hates so much is like the perfect blend of raw authentic angst, and underspoken grunge shmmer. It's easily Nirvana's best record, and it's also the most personal, and Cobain's proudest album. The songs are deep, timeless, emotional, and raw. It's a culmination of so much happening in Cobain's life, and all but Scentless Apprentice (about the book Perfume) are specific reflections of Cobain.

    I am biased as this particular album had great influence on me growing up, and therefore it could be argued I am blinded with nostalgia. However, In Utero is impressive on almost all fronts, and the forever linger of another album hardly burns out or fades away.
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  3. Nov 29, 2015
    10
    This album is amazing. It is the way it was initially intended to sound. Raw, intense, redefinition of what in nirvana was meant to be. A loudThis album is amazing. It is the way it was initially intended to sound. Raw, intense, redefinition of what in nirvana was meant to be. A loud , abrasive look into the mind of an misanthropic native of America, who was let down by his parents and the ideals leave it beaver lost long ago. Listening to this album is similar to the feeling of the innocence we lose as an aimless child straying into a dismal adulthood. Steve Albini couldn't have done a better job. Perfectly chaotic, fully realized in utero in bloom. Kurt would be proud. Expand
  4. Jul 16, 2020
    10
    un exelente album lleno de musica increible que todos los que aman el grunge les encantara
    un exelente album , de los mejores albums de los 90
  5. Jan 27, 2021
    10
    Few other albums manage to compile so much iconic songs. In 'In Utero' Nirvana keep on sharing their amazingly striking formula. The balanceFew other albums manage to compile so much iconic songs. In 'In Utero' Nirvana keep on sharing their amazingly striking formula. The balance between raging unstructured tracks and the calmer ones is a true blessing. We can see and hear the progression they made after 'Incesticide' and 'Nevermind'. There is as much room for violence and misunderstanding as there is for unexpected poetic words. Production allows the band to dig deeper and deeper in their emotions and powerful energy. This is an album that made me grow during my teenage years but that continues to get me inspired these days as well.

    The only flaw is those money-hungry raptors that they can't help but capitalize on this golden record by releasing various useless versions (20th anniversary remaster - 20th anniversary deluxe edition - 20th anniversary super deluxe). I guess we are all expecting something like the '30th anniversary Ultra Deluxe Remastered Commentary' version to come out soon. I'm pretty sure that this doesn't really correspond to the ideals advocated by the band. What a bunch of venal record companies.
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  6. Oct 15, 2020
    9
    all the things i have to say about it have already been said. thas how good this album is
  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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