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In Utero [Explicit Lyrics]

NirvanaAudio CD
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Nirvana were formed by singer/guitarist Kurt Cobain and bassist Krist Novoselic in Aberdeen, Washington in 1987. Nirvana went through a succession of drummers, the longest-lasting being Dave Grohl, who joined the band in 1990.

In the late 1980s Nirvana established itself as part of the Seattle grunge scene, releasing first album Bleach for the independent record label Sub Pop in 1989. ... Read more in Amazon's Nirvana Store

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  • Audio CD (September 21, 1993)
  • Original Release Date: September 21, 1993
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Explicit Lyrics
  • Label: Geffen Records
  • ASIN: B000003TAR
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (716 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,757 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Serve The Servants
2. Scentless Apprentice
3. Heart-Shaped Box
4. Rape Me
5. Frances Farmer Will Have Her Revenge On Seattle
6. Dumb
7. Very Ape
8. Milk It
9. Pennyroyal Tea
10. Radio Friendly Unit Shifter
11. Tourette's
12. All Apologies

Editorial Reviews

Overwhelmed by sudden success, Nirvana promised to take a harsher, more abrasive route on their second major-label release. Enlisting Chicago-based noise maven Steve Albini (of Big Black fame), Kurt Cobain and company succeeded in producing a record that was violent, disillusioned, and deeply moving. Every song reads like a commentary on the cost of fame ("Serve the Servants") and the unhealthy relationship between performer and fan ("Milk It"). Of course, they might all simply be about Courtney Love. Gossip aside, there is no denying the sheer power of Cobain's songwriting, his singing, and the band's amazing, visceral power. Cobain even manages a John Lennon-like mantra at the end of the heart-wrenching "All Apologies." "All in all is all we are," he intones repeatedly, only for Cobain that's no consolation. --Percy Keegan

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96 of 107 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Like fine wine -- it improves with age July 1, 2000
Format:Audio CD
"I miss the comfort in being sad," Kurt Cobain grovels harshly on the excellent mid-tempo rocker, "Frances Farmer Will Have Her Revenge on Seattle," a sparse and raw tune that typifies the overall sound of "In Utero." Cobain and company establish a rougher-edged sound right away on "In Utero," rawer than the previous Nevermind album, though not as raw as the band's debut, Bleach, perhaps somewhere in between. The chorus to "Serve the Servants," the opening song, is as catchy as any previous Nirvana tune, just somewhat more plodding and low key. Inescapable from this great disc is the slower, thicker, even woodsy sound that may not grab a hold of listeners like the previous album so overwhelmingly did.

Future Foo Fighter Dave Grohl contributes the over-the-top Sabbath-like riff to "Scentless Apprentice," as Cobain howls the chorus meant to scare all his fans away. Needless to say, this is not a happy album. The lyrics are cynical, isolated and sad, though there are tiny moments of inspiration. The dark feel to "In Utero" was likely created in response to "Nevermind's" sparkling, rip-roaring introduction into the 1990s that sounds highly fan-friendly in comparison. The slow-paced "Dumb" from "In Utero" perhaps could have been a radio hit, but the lyrics are simply too depressing, probably best left for true Nirvana fans; the same holds true for the Pollyesque "PennyRoyal Tea."

On the faster side of things, "Very Ape" is a catchy and vibrant rocker that reveals Cobain's belief in reincarnation.
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155 of 183 people found the following review helpful
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Almost three weeks ago, it was ten years since the tragic death of Kurt Cobain. As a dedication, I'm here to write a review of "In Utero," Nirvana's greatest single musical accomplishment in their short lived career as the world's biggest and best rock band on the planet. In those ten years since Cobain committed suicide, the music scene is forever changing and Kurt's music is still as powerful and widely-received as it was in the early 1990's. Nirvana blazed fiercely as the most revolutionary and influential rock act since the Beatles, and before they knew what hit them, the band was over forever on April 5th 1994. The world came to realise this three days later.
"Nevermind" has made Nirvana the most famous rock band in the world. It was their second album and sold a staggering 18 million copies worldwide. Kurt was tired of the adulation and praise that he received in truckloads, and decided to go back into the studio in 1993 and make an album that would scare off all the cling-ons. Originally titled "I Hate Myself And I Want To Die," the album was released in September 1993 and was called In Utero. It topped the charts on both sides of the Atlantic, and shifted some 6 million copies in America. Critics adored it and I have to agree, this is one of the finest albums of all time.
"Serve The Servants" opens the album in grand style with a loud and abrasive beat with a wonderful melody. The song's most striking line is, "I tried hard to have a father, but instead I had a dad." This deep-cutting line refers to Kurt's father who deserted him when he was a child. "Scentless Apprentice" builds the album's aggression up even more, in one of the hardest rocking anthems the band ever recorded. This was one of the first times the band all shared writing kudos on a song instead of just Kurt.
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars "I'm not like them but I can pretend..." January 26, 2002
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Thus starts "Dumb." In a way, this one song represents perfectly not only Cobain, but the "outcast youth" he purportedly represented. It's not angry, narcissistic, ridiculously self-absorbed alienation (coughNineInchNailscough) - it's simply lonely, fragile and sad beyond belief. With its gentle cello and minor key, it is very well the most beautiful song the man ever wrote.
Oh yeah, there are eleven other songs here too. There's the wickedly acidic "Serve the Servants," "Very Ape" and "Frances Farmer...". The humor is black and biting - "It's so relieving to know that you're leaving as soon as you get paid." Ouchie. There's also the exquisite "Heart Shaped Box," a haunting portrayal of someone unable to stop loving even though he knows he's being used. There's "Pennyroyal Tea," which marries the words "I'm a liar and a thief" to an anthemic chorus. There's the melancholy "All Apologies," which now reads like a suicide note. There's "Rape Me," which uses the old "Teen Spirit" riff but inverts it to almost frightening effect. And there are a bunch of throwaway, almost unlistenable tracks ("Scentless Apprentice," "Milk It," "tourette's") that are deliberately placed right in between the best parts for maximum irritation.
The album is filled with a very marked disgust for human flesh. One can see this in the anatomic references of "Milk It," ("I own my own pet virus"? Yum.) the strange rants about perfumed skin in "Scentless Apprentice," the frighteningly cryptic lines of "Radio Friendly Unit Shifter," and of course, in the downright disturbing cover art.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars I was just looking
but I think that they should have included the song 'Moist Vagina' on this instead of saving it for the 2 disc release.
Published 1 month ago by Dean
5.0 out of 5 stars Good Album
Good Album, and my favorite band. Really was a revolution in new music and I am glad to own it.
Published 1 month ago by Purpl8tr
5.0 out of 5 stars Nirvana back to it's roots
Very abrasive sound. I enjoyed it more than the more pop sound nevermind. If you enjoy the pixie's surfer rosa, listen to this. Steve Albini is an awesome producer. Read more
Published 2 months ago by james anthony walegorski jr
2.0 out of 5 stars virtually indistinguishable from 2013 CD
This only really concerns the high-res Blu Ray audio edition of this album.

I directly A/B'ed the Blu Ray and CD, both playing at the same time with the same song,... Read more
Published 3 months ago by tremspeed
5.0 out of 5 stars favorite Nirvana album ever!
I am a longtime huge Nirvana fan and love all there albums but this is my favorite. there are at least 5 or 6 classic songs besides Heart Shaped Box and All Apologies which were... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Jose J (singer songwriter music historian)
4.0 out of 5 stars Shows Progression ... I wonder about which direction they would have...
Although not my favorite Nirvana Album, this album has many excellent tracks.

I would have loved to see what the future of the band would have brought...
Published 3 months ago by John M. Boye
5.0 out of 5 stars Third installment to their albums
Need I say more, "Nirvana", I have liked this band since I was 14 and will continue to do so. RIP Kurt Cobain. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Jonathan
5.0 out of 5 stars Vinyl sound! No need more explanation.
Like I said, this is a great experience sound. Great album, great songs, great sound, great presentation. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Paul Fernando Mejía Benavides
5.0 out of 5 stars Brings me back
Outright purchased this for nostalgia purposes, great listen and nice to have on when I'm drawing and painting. Read more
Published 5 months ago by S. Robertson
5.0 out of 5 stars Still a Great Album
I noticed this album was on sale then noticed it was the 20th anniversary edition. Sounds great and was a must add to the cloud for only $3.99.
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