Nirvana’s In Utero, the album that famously followed Nevermind with a more caustic, cutting sound. Pretty emotionally and sonically heavy, particularly for a record that reached number one in the US. Includes "Heart-Shaped Box", "Rape Me", and the title track, which is essentially designed to be poppy enough to entice listeners into the abrasive depths of the record. Reissued on vinyl by Back To Black.
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9/10 Keelan Customer review, 10th March 2015
Anyway, to talk about the actual record "In Utero", is almost a pointless and thankless task. Quite simply this is one of the defining 90's records, if not one of the most musically and culturally significant records of the last 50 years. Yes, "Nevermind" was the bigger commercial success, but "In Utero" is more raw, powerful, honest, and displays a wider range of talents from Cobain, Grohl and Novoselic. This is the record Kurt Cobain wanted to make, not the product that Geffen Records wanted to sell. Opening track "Serve the Servants" delivers Cobain's emotionally open thoughts on his life as a whole, but particularly public image since his rise to fame. Track 2, "Scentless Apprentice", delivers a skull-crushing drum beat with raw production courtesy of well renowned producer Steve Albini. Combined with tracks "Milk It", "Radio Friendly Unit Shifter", "Very Ape", and "Tourette's", we see the aggressive power of Nirvana at full pelt. Biting, sarcastic, spiteful and insightful, the Seattle trio nailed the signature sound they wanted to be known for, rather than the polished radio-friendly sound that "Smells Like Teen Spirit" brought to the masses. "All Apologies" and "Dumb" show great lyrical prowess and more introspective content from Cobain's pen. All in all, this record is a classic, genre-defining 49 minute blast of rock, grunge and punk. The fantastic production and relevant cover art are more than just the icing on the cake, they are integral to the awesome final product that is "In Utero".
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