In Utero review by Nirvana

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  • Released: Sep 21, 1993
  • Sound: 10
  • Lyrics: 9
  • Overall Impression: 10
  • Reviewer's score: 9.7 Superb
  • Users' score: 9.2 (217 votes)
Nirvana: In Utero

Sound — 10
This is probably the best alternative rock/grunge album ever created. Forget the whole Kurt Cobain hype about his suicide and shit and focuss on the art of the music. This dude really knew how write a song. Extremely powerful in all aspects. Both the softer and heavier songs hit you hard. Music is all about emotion and its all there in In Utero even if it is simple and uncomplicated. Every song on this album is just brilliant in its own way.

Lyrics — 9
When it comes to nirvana lyrics, everyone has there own opinion on what the songs are about. They are perposely mistick I guess. Only Kurt knew what was in his mind so what ever you want the song to mean, it does. For me, lyrics are the last thing you look at in a song. But his are still very poetic and cool.

Overall Impression — 10
Here is my over view of each song. 01. Serve The Servants - starts rough with odd chords but it works with Kurt's harsher voice in the verses. The chorus is simple and calmer with a cool vibe. not the best on the album but still good. 02. Scentless Apprentise - a song that seems to be based around the rythum of Daves drum kit. More of the alternative side of Nirvana. Very not pop rock 03. Heart-Shaped Box - a classic. Simple, but makes every note count. Soft verses and loud choruses. A staple Nirvana song. 04. Rape Me - four of the most intensly strummed power chords ever. It's kind of like Smells Like Teen Spirit version 2 but more personal. 05. Frances - the weakest song on the album. A bit bland and dull but still worth a listen. Cool bridge. 06. Dumb - simpley the best song ever written in my opinion. The song starts straight off the hat on such a smooth bass line from Krist that rides the entire song. Kurt plays his accoustic guitar quietly but playfully with whispery, spacey vocals. The cello really adds to the feeling of the song in choruses and bridge. Roll a joint and float away dude. 07. Very Ape - a real rock song. A good one. 08. Milk It - another not so poppy song that is awesome. How do you write a song like this? Soft/hard dynamics again that work really well. 09. pennyroyal Tea - 2 chord verse, 3 chord chorus and simple solo. Not the best, but cool. The MTV solo accoustic version is better. 10. Radio Friendly Unit Shifter - alternative? Yes. Good? Very. Smile on face when listening to song? Big. 11. Tourretes - straight up fast punk crazyness. Loud and piercing. The reason the good gods created our ears. Wicked song. Totally. 12. All Apollogies - it's like a sweet nursery rhyme with the most straight forward intension. A perfect way to end the album. Good one Kurt. Listen to this album and realise how shit todays popular rock is. Another band will hopefully rise again to the challenge one day, but for now, nothing touches this album. All in all is all we all are.

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