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In Utero review
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Best album of Nirvana as overall.

I once did a review of In Utero, but I realized it was so crappy I took it away. Let's try again.

Yeah, so In Utero is the third (if you count Incesticide, fourth) and final studio album by my favourite band Nirvana. This record is easily compared to Nevermind, and when I first heard this, I don't understand why (even though I compare this album to Nevermind or Bleach many times). Nevermind was more of a pop-influenced album with a grunge edge, and In Utero is more raw, more noisy, more punk than Nevermind. So yeah.

The album starts off with "Serve the Servants", which is somewhat a good summary of In Utero. The rhythm group (Krist and Dave) plays heavily and in a normal tempo, the distorted guitar spanks out some hard riffs and Kurt's whisper-scream vocals finish the set. This is how it's usually done. But on some tracks, the formula is broken. "Scentless Apprentice", "Very Ape", "Milk It", "Radio Friendly Unit Shifter" and "Tourette's" are faster and/or harsher tracks, similar to some early Nirvana songs like "Downer" or "Floyd the Barber". Meanwhile, "Dumb" and "All Apologies" are acoustic pop grunge, which are finished by cello tracks. And there's the third group: "Heart-Shaped Box", "Rape Me", "Frances Farmer" (my favourite track from this album)" and "Pennyroyal Tea", which could fit as well as Nevermind, minus the depression that is even more clear on these tracks than in any track in Nevermind. And when you think it's all over after "All Apologies", wait a bit and you'll hear the sleepy, completely improvised song "Gallons of Rubbing Alcohol Flow Through The Strip". Even though Kurt was really down post-Nevermind, when Kurt says "One more solo", I wonder that atleast some positive went through his head at the time.

I think the album has no downs at all. Nevermind has maybe the most number of songs that I like to move my head to, but considering as a whole album, In Utero is my favourite album; cleaner than Bleach, but harder than Nevermind.

Added by Fantômas
8 years ago on 14 April 2010 14:49

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