Sound — 10
In Utero is by far Nirvana's most dark and aggressive sounding album they ever made. The guitar playing is very heavy and the drumming is very loud on this album. Overall this album comes across to the listener as being very angry and tormented. In Utero is unlike any other grunge album and had some of the craziest solos Kurt Cobain ever belted out of his guitar. This album was probably not as influential as Nevermind but, it reveals the true music that Nirvana fans wanted their band to be known for.
Lyrics — 10
In Utero contains the best thought out lyrics of any Nirvana album. The meaning in most of the songs are very dark and mysterious. Kurt Cobain definitely got his point across in this album with his lyrics. He showed his hatred towards the media, the music industry, and bandwagon fans who jumped on just because they had started a new "trend" and were all of a sudden the band to like. Kurt's singing in this album possesses a lot of controlled screaming that fit the guitar riffs. The songs that stick out lyrically are Heart-Shaped Box, Milk It, Very Ape, Scentless Apprentice, Pennyroyal Tea and Frances Farmer Will Have Her Revenge on Seattle.
Overall Impression — 9
This album was the Anti-Nevermind. Nirvana knew they would lose fans making this album more dark and less "poppy". My favorite songs on In Utero are: Heart-Shaped Box, Rape Me, Serve the Servants, Frances Farmer Will Have Her Revenge on Seattle, Pennyroyal Tea, and All Apologies. The only dislike on this album is the beginning of Radio Friendly Unit Shifter. I think it is that noise at the start ot the song that draws me away from it. The chorus sounds good though. I guess the title of the track reflects the irony the sound of the song has. If I lost In Utero I would buy it back beacause it has a lot more heart and soul put into it than any other Nirvana album.