In Utero (studio album) by Nirvana

In Utero by Nirvana
Year: 1993
Overall rank: 56th   Overall chart historyOverall chart history
Average Rating: 
84/100 (from 2,612 votes)
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Accolades:
Award Top 5 albums of 1993 (2nd)
Award Top 10 albums of the 1990s (9th)
Award Top 100 albums of all time (56th)
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Nirvana bestography

In Utero is ranked 2nd best out of 17 albums by Nirvana on BestEverAlbums.com.

The best album by Nirvana is Nevermind which is ranked number 14 in the list of all-time albums with a total rank score of 42,294.

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This album is rated in the top 1% of all albums on BestEverAlbums.com. This album has a Bayesian average rating of 84.5/100, a mean average of 83.3/100, and a trimmed mean (excluding outliers) of 84.5/100. The standard deviation for this album is 15.3.

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From 03/27/2024 19:23
The rawness of this album really brings it home for me. It’s like we’re peering into Kurt Cobain’s soul. You can literally hear the room. Steve Albini really captured what Nirvana was about on this one. This album is Kurt’s masterpiece if you ask me. Top tier melodic songwriting mixed with punk rock and hardcore influence. Their best form. A nearly flawless album in my book.
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From 01/25/2024 22:40
I hope Kurt will forgive me on that one, but I think In Utero is clearly Nirvana's least good album. It sounds like a sterilized version of Nevermind (Given that it's exactly the same format as Nevermind, 12 tracks ending on each side with a slower song). To be honest only "Dumb", "Pennyroyal tea" and "Radio friendly unit shifter" are still moving me today... maybe "Serve the servant", but the rest is sadly average by Nirvana standards.
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From 11/03/2023 17:51
Nirvana's masterpiece.
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From 09/04/2023 18:13
Although as a whole I prefer Nevermind for its consistency, that my favorite Nirvana songs Dumb and especially All Apologies are here.
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From 05/08/2023 14:44
A solid Nirvana album that has some of their greatest ever songs on here including one of the best album closers of all time. All Apologies makes this record feel like such a rewarding listen as its beauty at the close of the album is just mesmerising for me. This song has dragged me back to this record countless times alongside its counterparts in terms of quality which is Dumb, Rape Me and Heart-Shaped Box. There are a few deep cuts on here that don't get the praise they deserve as well making this well worth a listen just to discover these songs. Cobain is fantastic on here also with his lyrics being some of the most important of the 90's. Overall, a thoroughly enjoyable Nirvana album that has all the elements that make the group so easy to love.
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From 04/07/2023 03:55
Better than Nevermind and Kurt and Nirvana went on top of their game by releasing what I consider to be their Opus Magnum.
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From 04/13/2022 17:47
Kurt hated just how commercially successful Nevermind was and tried to deter the new fans that were making them so adored by releasing In Utero. They failed, this album went harder than before but cemented their place amongst the rock greats with a record that stands as one of the defining parts of what makes Kurt so brilliant.
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From 04/13/2022 09:21
Shows Nirvana genuinly evolving away from the confiness of Nevermind. If Nirvana had a masterpiece this is it.
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From 01/24/2022 15:21
The first time I listened to this record, I was disappointed because it wasn’t as polished and poppy as Nevermind. Years after radio overexposure ruined Nevermind, I see this record as the more authentic Nirvana album. Milk It is among the band’s top two or three songs, in my opinion. Raw, brooding, full of ennui.

Two more notes. Thinking back to how Cobain was referenced as the voice of a generation, and given that Cobain’s lyrical style was choppy and stilted wordplay, what does that say about our generation?

Also, when Kurt says “self appointed judges judge more than they have sold” in Serve The Servants, is it possible that he was foreshadowing the Internet, specifically social media? No wonder he checked out.
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Best Albums of 1993
1. Siamese Dream by The Smashing Pumpkins
2. In Utero by Nirvana
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