Nirvana - In Utero (20th Anniversary Edition) (2CD)


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The 2 Disc 20th Anniversay Edition of "In Utero" includes the original album remastered at Abbey Road Studios plus a bonus disc with demos, mixes, B-sides and bonus tracks. Nirvana probably hired Steve Albini to produce In Utero with the hopes of creating their own Surfer Rosa, or at least shoring up their indie cred after becoming a pop phenomenon with a glossy punk record. In Utero, of course, turned out to be their last record, and it's hard not to hear it as Kurt Cobain's suicide note, since Albini's stark, uncompromising sound provides the perfect setting for Cobain's bleak, even nihilistic, lyrics. Even if the album wasn't a literal suicide note, it was certainly a conscious attempt to shed their audience -- an attempt that worked, by the way, since the record had lost its momentum when Cobain died in the spring of 1994. Even though the band tempered some of Albini's extreme tactics in a remix, the record remains a deliberately alienating experience, front-loaded with many of its strongest songs, then descending into a series of brief, dissonant squalls before concluding with "All Apologies," which only gets sadder with each passing year. Throughout it all, Cobain's songwriting is typically haunting, and its best moments rank among his finest work, but the over-amped dynamicism of the recording seems like a way to camouflage his dispiritedness -- as does the fact that he consigned such great songs as "Verse Chorus Verse" and "I Hate Myself and Want to Die" to compilations, when they would have fit, even illuminated the themes of In Utero. Even without those songs, In Utero remains a shattering listen, whether it's viewed as Cobain's farewell letter or self-styled audience alienation. Few other records are as willfully difficult as this. - by Stephen Thomas Erlewine, Rovi


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1, Serve The Servants (Albini Mix/Original Release), Scentless Apprentice (Albini Mix/Original Release), Heart-Shaped Box (Litt Mix/Original Release), Rape Me (Albini Mix/Original Release), Frances Farmer Will Have Her Revenge On Seattle (Albini Mix/Original Release), Dumb (Albini Mix/Original Release), Very Ape (Albini Mix/Original Release), Milk It (Albini Mix/Original Release), Pennyroyal Tea (Albini Mix/Original Release), Radio Friendly Unit Shifter (Albini Mix/Original Release), Tourette's (Albini Mix/Original Release), All Apologies (Litt Mix/Original Release), Gallons Of Rubbing Alcohol Flow Through The Strip (Ex-U.S. Bonus Track), Marigold (B-side - 'Heart Shaped Box'), Moist Vagina (B-side - 'All Apologies'), Sappy (from 'No Alternative' Compilation), I Hate Myself And Want To Die (from 'The Beavis And Butthead Experience' Compilation), Pennyroyal Tea (Litt Mix), Heart-Shaped Box (Albini Mix/Unreleased), All Apologies (Albini Mix/Unreleased), 2, Serve The Servants (2013 Mix), Scentless Apprentice (2013 Mix), Heart-Shaped Box (2013 Mix), Rape Me (2013 Mix), Frances Farmer Will Have Her Revenge On Seattle (2013 Mix), Dumb (2013 Mix), Very Ape (2013 Mix), Milk It (2013 Mix), Pennyroyal Tea (2013 Mix), Radio Friendly Unit Shifter (2013 Mix), Tourette's (2013 Mix), All Apologies (2013 Mix), Scentless Apprentice (Rio Demo), Frances Farmer Will Have Her Revenge On Seattle (Laundry Room Demo), Dumb (Word Of Mouth Demo), Very Ape (Rio Demo), Pennyroyal Tea (Word Of Mouth Demo), Radio Friendly Unit Shifter (Word Of Mouth Demo), Tourettes (Word Of Mouth Demo), Marigold (Upland Studios Demo), All Apologies (Music Source Demo), Forgotten Tune (Rehearsal), Jam (Word Of Mouth Demo)
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Nirvana - In Utero (20th Anniversary Edition) (2CD) is rated 5.0 out of 5 by 1.
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I don't know if I'm just 'bored and old' but the new remixes don't do much for me. I do notice slight differences between the 2013 mix and the old - mainly the former cutting unnecessary bits like the first few seconds of cough and preparation by Kurt before "Pennyroyal Tea", and some tracks having cleaner transitions into the chorus. But I'm a 90's child, and I clearly remember purchasing this album on cassette (sue me, I was a late bloomer to CD's), and I recall worshiping the suggested EQ volume recommendation on the inner sleeve in attempt to impress my neighbor, Tammy, an 80's hair-metal female rocker chick, whom I now consider to be the godmother of my everlasting love for rock music. Also Gary, who was my next door neighbor, a headbanger dude with long hair, who was a die-hard fan of Nirvana; and cried when Kurt has passed. Did it work? I doubt it. But it doesn't matter now because I realize how pathetic I was, trying to fit in with their taste. Legendary music should reflect your ever-changing mood, somehow charge your energy, and blow the mind beyond the limit. As pathetic as that might sound, all I can do now is thank them for introducing me to the genre of 'rock'. In summary, reissues seems like a good concept at first. But most of the the time it is done with a hardly noticeable change and seems nothing but for monetary gain. I leave with you a famous quote: "If it ain't broken, don't fix it."
Date published: 2013-09-28
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