Sound — 10
This album, Nirvana's final studio album (excluding MTV Unplugged) has a very bizarre sound. Nevermind was a fairly clean sounding album, and no really angry songs. In Utero, on the other hand, has some of the strangest songs on it. This albums music really shows what Kurt was going through at the time and it would seem that this was his "riskiest" album, with a much harsher tone to it. It is essentially an assault on the ears and it really tested who was really a fan of the band or someone who just caught onto "Smells Like Teen Spirit" and never understood the complexities of the band. In several songs, Kurt is downright screaming unintelligible lyrics at strange intervals and the music supports it well. It has an extreme sound for Nirvana, but a fantastic album nonetheless.
Lyrics — 10
I guess you could call it one of their most controversial albums, with the inclusion of songs with either racy lyrics, such as "Rape Me", or just songs reaching the disturbing level, like "tourette's". The lyrics are on the freaky side, and it even earned an "Explicit" mark on the iTunes Music Store. The lyrics can really get you down when you really listen to them, but a majority of the time you can't even understand it, adding to the bizarre-ness of the CD. It does take getting used to, but spend the time doing it. You won't regret it.
Overall Impression — 10
As stated before, this album is strange and depressing, even for Nirvana. It may take some getting used to, and you probably won't enjoy it if you weren't a truly hardcore fan, but if you really try to appreciate it, it will grow on you. My overall impression is that it definitely stands up to Nevermind, if not better. It is just about my favorite Nirvana album, along with Bleach. If you don't have it yet, buy it. If you lost it, buy it again. You can't miss out.