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  • Audio CD (Sept. 22 1993)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Explicit Lyrics
  • Label: Universal Music Canada
  • ASIN: B000003TAR
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  LP Record  |  Blu-ray Audio
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (121 customer reviews)
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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

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Japanese only SHM-CD paper sleeve pressing. Universal. 2011.

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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By P. Woods on June 20 2004
Format: Audio CD
It is a much harsher album compared to the last two albums. This one does contain the better lyrics in it, but I just think "Nevermind" is slightly better. The songs are:
Serve the servents: This is a good opener. There are some good verses, but a not-so-good chorus. 4/5
Scentless apprentice: Weird lyrics. It's one of the heavier tracks on the album. Massive shouting in it. 4/5
Heart-shaped box: Probably the best track on the album. Great lyrics and an unbeatable chorus. 5/5
Rape me: Another good track. The intro sounds a bit like the intro to "Smells like teen spirit". You think this is goanna be a soft song, but it gets louder. 5/5
Frances farmer will have her revenge on Seattle: This is a very catchy song. It's just a bit too long. 4.5/5
Dumb: Very relaxing. 5/5
Very ape: Quite a fast-paces song, but it can get a bit boring, and it's too short (1:55). 3.5/5
Milk it: This a favourite. A very underrated song. The verses can be quite creepy, but I love the shouting in the middle. 5/5
Pennyroyal tea: This is another good track. I think this chorus is very catchy. 5/5
Radio friendly unit shifter: The chorus is ok, but the rest of it isn't that good. 3/5
Tourettes: Very short and very fast. It can be quite hard to sing. Contains really long vocal shouts. 4/5
All apologies: This is quite good when it starts off, but it does get worse. It's another relaxing track. 4/5
Gallons of rubbing alcahol through a strip (extra track): Very silent on the first verse, but the singing gets louder. This song is very long (7:33). Once this song reaches the end it gets slightly better, but it's still quite a boring song. 2/5
So, that's basically Nirvana's last album, and probably their best acomplished. I just think "Nevermind" is a tiny bit better.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Lauren on June 15 2004
Format: Audio CD
In 1991, "Nevermind" became a huge commercial success, throwing Nirvana and especially Kurt Cobain into the international spotlight, something he dreaded and hated upon its occurrence. Two years later, "In Utero" was released, and it was almost like Kurt's attempt to whittle their audience down -- much like Pearl Jam tried to do with "Vs." and "Vitalogy" -- except Pearl Jam got to make more records after those. Nirvana, as is common knowledge, did not, and with that knowledge comes a certain aura of significance which surrounds the album. It is viewed by many as Kurt Cobain's suicide note and, whether or not that's true, it's such a hardcore but beautiful and eloquent album that we *want* to view it that way, as something extraordinarily significant.
Whether or not it's significant in regards to the rest of Cobain's life, it is most definitely significant in purely musical terms. The lyrics are some of the most haunting and twisted (but in a good way) that have ever been written -- "I miss the comfort in being sad," "Look on the bright side is suicide, lost eyesight I'm on your side, angel left wing, right wing, broken wing, lack of iron and/or sleeping," and of course, "All in all is all we are." Cobain also finds the most inventive way to say "I love you" that I've ever heard -- "I wish I could eat your cancer when you turn black." Wow.
Musically, the album is all over the place, from soft songs such as "Dumb" and "All Apologies," to the scream-fest that is "Scentless Apprentice." In between are just some solid rock songs propelled by Dave Grohl's superior drumming, such as "Pennyroyal Tea," "Rape Me," and "Heart-Shaped Box.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Michael Roffman on July 19 2004
Format: Audio CD
When 'Nevermind' hit the charts in 1991, 'Smells Like Teen Spirit' was already the anthem to a lost generation as many would say. The greatest thing about 'Nevermind' was that it brought the band onto the main stage and allowed the inevitable, 'In Utero.'
Like Hollywood sequels, the good are rare. In this case, 'In Utero' takes good and throws it out of the ballpark. It's everything the first album was and wasn't, all at the same time. In this case, you have the action figure packed riffs that hook you and entice each listener to each song. Don't tell me 'Heart Shaped Box' doesn't send volts down your spine! Needless to say, lyrically, the album sheds away from changing youth, to just talking about it. There are several kep points in the album, that always amaze me.
'Serve the Servants', arguably one of their greatests songs, makes a joke upon themselves and the culture following. It's extraordinary to find one song that culminates everything the band is. From the raw sound, to the campy yet intricate lyrics of Cobain, and to the mood, we come to view Nirvana more than a band, but as a social phenomenon.
'All Apologies' and 'Pennyroyal Tea', both quiet and timid in nature, but far from peaceful. It's this confusing, albeit tricky choice of songwriting that has everyone go, 'Oh...' and then finally realize the meaning leaving them with, 'Oh!' Listen to the tracks and then really listen to them! See the images you see and the ones meant to be seen. It's a trip.
'Rape Me' and 'Frances Farmer Will Have Her Revenge On Seattle' are a darker 'Date Rape' and a historic horror fest, respectively. On one hand we see the terrors we read about and on the other, we see a story we never really knew. It's bold and it's sound takes on different dimensions, something bands use a lot today.
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