Review Summary: With the name literally meaning ''in uterus'' Nirvana's third and final full length album gives us a more raw approach as compared to the polished sound on Nevermind.
Ah Nirvana one of the most talked about bands in modern music today, and for good reason. Still, after all these years being more popular with age. The Seattle three piece rock band got their start with influences from the pixies, R.E.M, and bands of the alternative persuasion. however they developed a more raw yet very approachable sound as they progressed further into the spotlight. With In Utero we have a return to the Nirvana sound that Kurt Cobain hoped to achieve all along. In Utero is a rough and rugged album, a sound Kurt Cobain was looking for.
Ideally Kurt Cobain's raspy voice fits perfect with the more raw sound. In fact, i would go out on a limb and say that this is probably the only Nirvana album that you could show to someone who disliked the band and maybe sway their opinion a bit. Having listened to Nirvana throughout my life, even I was unaware this album even existed and that seems to be the case with In Utero it's a album that most Nirvana fans regard as the bands best album yet it doesn't get talked about as much as Nevermind. It's like that odd girl in class that you think is cute, doesn't get much attention and is overlooked, that is the essence of this album.
The songs on In Utero very much feel like a fully realized piece of music, as a whole it's without a doubt Nirvanas most well thought out and put together album. There is a more desperate vibe within the album, When considering all the hype surrounded by this band and their lead singer who passed away earlier than expected i feel the music on this album gets forgotten as I've said before, the main focus is it's Nirvana's last album. That's sad because this is the best Nirvana album. At least in my opinion.
It's great to see a return to form for Nirvana with In Utero and it's a great way to submit their legacy within the rock, alternative, and grunge scene. This is a album that wasn't even trying to be mainstream and accessible, yet still managed to do so. That's a great feat for any band and it just goes to show that Nirvana has a magnetic vibe surrounding them. The music is easy to relate to, that's never more apparent then on In Utero. I can't help but feel that the music is a bit vague and distant within this album, it gives you splashes of personal anguish and maintains a very frightening, raw, real life sound. This is a classic album even if overlooked more so than Nevermind this album is much more a whole, in depth, album as opposed to a so-so release with a few hit singles on it.