In Utero Album Review-Nirvana


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Nirvana would mark success of releasing their third and final studio album, “In Utero” before the death of Kurt Cobain in 1994 due to suicide.  180,000 copies of the album sold in the first week, and charted at number 1 on Billboard 200.

Upon dissecting the album, there are many elements of the album that can be notified.  Take for instance tracks “Pennyroyal Tea” and “Tourette’s.”  These tracks were able to display Kurt’s ability to use power chord progressions in many of his songs such as these.  He used power chords in may other songs in the past such as “In Bloom,” “Drain You,” and “Breed,” all of which are found in Nirvana’s second studio album “Nevermind.”  Furthermore, Nirvana encompassed to the sub-genre Grunge that popularized this form of music, along with other bands that popularized it including Alice in Chains, Stone Temple Pilots, and Soundgarden, just to name the few.  Kurt incorporated distortion and aggressive music playing to really shine out what he had to offer to the world, especially to the large loyal fans that went to pick up his last album.  “All Apologies” is probably one of my favorite Nirvana songs that is noted to have that dirty sound of playing chords.  Sometimes, one tires to listen to the lyrics, but then again you have these awesome notes played that makes the music sound superb.

And although Kurt Cobain is gone and has been for the last 20 years, his music legacy still lives on.  He should also note that many people like me are impressed that he created music to show where he had come from.  [A]

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10 thoughts on “In Utero Album Review-Nirvana

      • I like Bleach too, although it’s hard to compare to the later albums because it’s almost a completely different style, more raw and hard, almost punk-like. While Nevermind and In Utero feel a bit more mainstream (whether that was intentional or not). But I think Nevermind remains their apex.

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      • Oh yeah I agree with you. But one can argue that both Nevermind and In Utero were the 2 mainstream albums that really popularized Grunge. Heck, Nirvana has sold over 10 million copies of their albums overall.

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  1. Nevermind and In Utero were more polished because they were painstakingly produced by Butch Vig, who also worked to produce Smashing Pumpkins, and eventually formed Garbage. Bleach was literally just capturing their sound on tape.

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    • You know it. I in fact love both the Nevermind and In Utero studio albums. Kurt Cobain was able to create such artwork. However, he of course ended up taking his own life at an early age. Great sadness.

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