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Nirvana probably hired Steve Albini to produce In Utero with the hopes of creating their own Surfer Rosa, or at least shoring up their indie cred after becoming a pop phenomenon with a glossy punk record. In Utero, of course, turned out to be their last record, and it's hard not to hear it as Kurt Cobain's suicide note, since Albini's stark, uncompromising sound provides the perfect setting for Cobain's bleak, even nihilistic, lyrics. Even if the album wasn't a literal suicide note, it was certainly a conscious attempt to shed their audience -- an attempt that worked, by the way, since the record had lost its momentum when Cobain died in the spring of 1994. Even...
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All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Nirvana probably hired Steve Albini to produce In Utero with the hopes of creating their own Surfer Rosa, or at least shoring up their indie cred after becoming a pop phenomenon with a glossy punk record. In Utero, of course, turned out to be their last record, and it's hard not to hear it as Kurt Cobain's suicide note, since Albini's stark, uncompromising sound provides the perfect setting for Cobain's bleak, even nihilistic, lyrics. Even if the album wasn't a literal suicide note, it was certainly a conscious attempt to shed their audience -- an attempt that worked, by the way, since the record had lost its momentum when Cobain died in the spring of 1994. Even though the band tempered some of Albini's extreme tactics in a remix, the record remains a deliberately alienating experience, front-loaded with many of its strongest songs, then descending into a series of brief, dissonant squalls before concluding with "All Apologies," which only gets sadder with each passing year. Throughout it all, Cobain's songwriting is typically haunting, and its best moments rank among his finest work, but the over-amped dynamicism of the recording seems like a way to camouflage his dispiritedness -- as does the fact that he consigned such great songs as "Verse Chorus Verse" and "I Hate Myself and Want to Die" to compilations, when they would have fit, even illuminated the themes of In Utero. Even without those songs, In Utero remains a shattering listen, whether it's viewed as Cobain's farewell letter or self-styled audience alienation. Few other records are as willfully difficult as this.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/21/1993
  • Label: Geffen Records
  • UPC: 720642460726
  • Catalog Number: 24607

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Nirvana Primary Artist
Kurt Cobain Bass, Guitar, Vocals
Dave Grohl Drums
Krist Novoselic Bass
Kera Schaley Cello
Technical Credits
Steve Albini Producer, Engineer
Kurt Cobain Composer, Art Direction
Dave Grohl Composer
Bob Ludwig Mastering
Krist Novoselic Composer
Robert Fisher Art Direction
Alex Grey Illustrations
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  • Posted June 2, 2012

    This is the best Nirvana album ever created.

    This is the best Nirvana album ever created.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Nirvana's Harrowing Masterpiece

    I'll keep this short, as so much has been written about Nirvana and this album already, but suffice it to say that both Nevermind and In Utero are mandatory Nirvana albums. Poseurs only own Nevermind, but true fans own In Utero and frankly, most of the other stuff. Serious fans know almost every Nirvana song is quality and worth a serious listen. It's a fascinating document of the band trying to recapture their rough and ready indie rock roots with indie guru Steve Albini twisting the knobs. If you don't think you need this, bear in mind that Cobain said before his death that this was the album he was most proud of and the one where he thought he got the band's sound most right. This was due to Albini miking the band heavily to pick up every nuance of sound, in a similar fashion to what he did on Pixies' Surfer Rosa, one of Cobain's favorite albums. You will hear melodies on par with Nevermind with production that always made more sense with Nirvana at its most raw and primal. It's my personal favorite Nirvana album and an essential last gasp for the band that defined the '90s. Ignore it as a rock fan at your own peril.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Amazing

    Kurt Cobain is god. In Utero is his single greatest album. Not just from my opinion but from Kurt's as well. This is the true Nirvana Sound. A must have for anyone who even remotely likes Nirvana

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    my favorite nirvana album

    this is one of my all-time favorite albums; even putting aside the fact that is am a huge NIRVANA fan. after exploring the clean sound of "nevermind" and the overly-dirty sound of "insesticide", NIRVANA used the perfect sound for this album. the sound is like a hard, distorted, and dirty (tourett's, and radio-friendly unit shifter) crossed with soft and melodic. (heart-shaped box, and dumb) all with the poety-like lyrics that genious kurt cobain wrote. this is definatly the perfect "nirvana" sound. go and buy this masterpiece today!!!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Me like

    Best album they had ever come out with in my honest opinion. The melodies were bold and mature, the lyrical poetry at its peak of imaginitive par and coherence. Simply the best album. This is also why THIS particular album alienated many of the previous 'Nevermind' audience. They just weren't ready to hear what Nirvana was really about. Just like how 'Incesticide' was also.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    great cd

    Kurt Cobain is a lyrical genius. Songs like rape me, very ape, radio friendly unit shifter, tourettes, dumb, and all apologies are just some of the great songs. Rape mein my opinion is to nirvana as have a cigar was to pink floyd. This cd is very very well made, but at the same time it is Kurt Cobains suicide note, so you must expect to be a little depressed after a listen. GREAT CD!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Kurt Cobain and Steve Albini...not a bad idea

    This is album is great. Extremely raw and at the same time melodic as well. This is what kurt Cobain mastered, his ability to combine poppy senses with such raw rock riffs is amazing. His love for creating feedback is also noticable....which is awesome!!! overall best nirvana album.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    pearl jam sucks corperate americas ass

    kurk cobain is the only person that i can think of that was brilliant beyond belife. he saw pearl jam for what they were a band all bout makin dough. he didnt like them and i dont. but this cd is by far the best he ever did, Nevermind was good but to mainstream and kurt saw that, none the less it was very good, but all apologies was written to me the hole song .

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    nirvana's greatest

    this album is by far the best. nevermind would never come close. but in utero always seems to be overlooked. i was some what happy when this album didnt do as well as nevermind because the people who bought it where the those who actually liked nirvana for what they were

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Nirvana

    Alright, Nevermind may have been Nirvana's breakthrough album. But In Utero remains Nirvana's best lyrical album. By the way, "Rape Me" really shouldn't be edited. Especially if they're going to re-name the title "Waif Me". So anyway, In Utero is a great album, and in my opinion Kurt, Dave, and Krist's best album. RIP Kurt.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Cobain does it again!

    If you are like most normal people, u have heard of nirvana. But have u actually heard (not heard of) nirvana? if u have (and u enjoyed it (which u should of)) then In Utero is a must have because of songs like rape me, heart shaped box, and all apologies.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    the best

    This is the best Nirvana album ever it's great so buy it!!!!!!!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Awesome

    In Utero was Just as good as Nevermind and Bleach no matter what sales say. Serve the Servants, Pennyroyal Tea, All Appoligies, and Dumb are just a few good songs on In Utero. I have yet to find a Nirvana song that isn't just mind-numbingly good. Who can foret about the Rape me, and Heart Shaped Box (My two favorite on this Cd). This Cd has great song writing and great sound making it a must for any self respecting human being.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Best of Nirvana

    Kurt Cobains final cd was his best. It expresses his anger, frustration, self defeat and confusion as well with the instruments as it does with the words. In Utero screams the feelings that go along with being manic-depressive with an intensity that can't be ignored. Thank You Kurt for being able to find a way to explain the way it feels to be trapped with manic-depression.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Bimbo!-

    Alotta ppl will go for Nevermind cuz it's a good but easy grunge album, it's a bit too polished n all, but this album really hits u with scratchy fat guitar and vocals while giving some new fans easy tunes like 'All Apologies' to listen to, alotta ppl think it's pretty much too raw but it shows just what a great writer Kurt is with any type of songwriting and is the best album you could get for any real fan of Nirvana or Cobain

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    I guess I should write a review.....I am here and all....

    I saved up my lunch money to buy this album..( my mom wont endorse Nirvana )and wow I sure am glad a skipped the meat suprise for two weeks. This music is Nirvana at their best. You have Kurt spilling out so much that he wanted to say on NEVERMIND. It seems like he's stripping away his skin for his fans and exposing his innermost self....his music is so private it's almost as if he's a vulnerable child. When I listen to songs like Heart-Shaped Box, All Apologies, and Pennyroyal Tea, I can't help but to be a bit depressed, Kurt and the guys were an amazing talent that only graces the public rarely. With its unique blend of harmony, and raw edgy, distorted guitars (Milk It, Radio-Friendly Unit Shifter) this albums comes across as a break through from the Nevermind days. I won't go on to call Mr. Cobain a spokesperson for a generation, because he wasnt. He was a spokesperson for HIMSELF. He just happened to be real enough that alot of kids could relate to his music and his eerie words. Its a shame that this album serves as his good-bye from his gifted music career. You can thank Courtney Love for that one. Kurt didnt kill himself, he had stuff to live for (Frances Bean, LIFE) and i hate it that Courtney raped Kurt of his life. Rest in Peace, Kurt, and thanks for the music, you did some good when you left Aberdeen. Don't make Kurt a hero, he was just one of us.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    In Utero

    Simply the best album ever made. The songs collide into each other and Kurt never seems to lose his intensity even during the more relatively quieter interludes in the album. The sound is stripped down to the most stark essence possible and when coupled with the album's phenominal lyrics creates an album which is impossible to forget and cannot be dismissed as the masterpiece that it is.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Love it

    This is yet another great Nirvana album, and Kurt's songs create a completely new strange and dark atmosphere here. Highly recommended.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    A truly great album

    Nirvana is one of the greatest bands ever. They not only sold millions, but helped to make the airwaves open for all kinds of punk and alternative bands. In Utero is them at their height, less mainstream and filled with deep lyrics. I wish alternative and grunge bands were on the rise

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    This album is great

    I love this album. It is great. Nirvana is absolutly the best band ever. Kurt cobain was a great person. But he was weak. He took the easy way out of his problems. That does not mean that I dislike him I just think that he was depressed and and didnt know how to handle it. His death hurt people sevirly and is still hurting people to day. In his death note he said he just loved people too much but how could he kill himself if he new the results were going to hurt so many people. He seems only to have careed about himself. I dont mean to judge because I never even met him but sometimes I wonder. I any event I am tottaly upset that people are posting all this stuff about him all over the web especialy because he only killed himself because he could not handle his fame. Why do we insist on invading his privit life even after he is dead. I think that is the worst thing any one can posobly do.

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