In Utero [20th Anniversary Edition CD/DVD]

In Utero [20th Anniversary Edition CD/DVD]

by Nirvana

CD(Special Edition / Anniversary Edition / Bonus DVD)

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In Utero [20th Anniversary Edition CD/DVD]

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. [A 20th Anniversary Edition added was released in a CD/DVD version.]

Product Details

Release Date: 09/24/2013
Label: Geffen Records
UPC: 0602537462445
catalogNumber: 001882400
Rank: 126439

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Nirvana   Primary Artist
Kurt Cobain   Guitar,Vocals
Dave Grohl   Drums
Krist Novoselic   Bass
Kera Schaley   Cello

Technical Credits

Bobcat Goldthwait   Liner Notes
David Bowie   Composer
Ric Ocasek   Composer
Jack Endino   Engineer
Steve Albini   Engineer,Liner Notes
Ian Beveridge   Engineer
Kurt Cobain   Composer,Art Direction
Dave Grohl   Composer
Adam Kasper   Engineer
Scott Litt   Engineer
Krist Novoselic   Composer
Craig Montgomery   Engineer
Robert Fisher   Art Direction
Barrett Jones   Engineer
Anton Corbijn   Director
David Dieckmann   Authoring
Carol Donovan   Executive Producer
Craig Anderson   Authoring
Beth McCarthy   Director
Sherrie Kaye   Producer
Sam Abousamra   Engineer
Jean-Louis Cap   Director

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