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461 In Utero by Nirvana

In Utero

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Steve Albini, Scott Litt

How do you follow-up one of the most iconic and successful albums of all time? If you're Nirvana, you enlist Steve Albini and make In Utero

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A lot of ink has been spilled on the biggest band of the 90s. Whether it was reviews, interviews or in-depth cover stories, or modern retrospective or anniversary pieces, it's not hard to find a "your favorite band's album ranked" clickbait article on nearly every "grunge" platinum seller. What is there anything left to say about these bands? When Nirvana's 1993 album In Utero enter into our review queue, it timed nicely with our recent Producers Of The 90s roundtable, because it's hard not to discuss In Utero without the sonic contributions of Steve Albini. For as slick and radio-friendly their sophomore album Nevermind sounded, Albini and the band take a utilitarian approach to In Utero. Effects are minimal, overdubs are minor, reverb is hardly noticeable, Cobain growls and howls with abandon. It's the sound of a band making a fast and deliberate record for themselves, with an undeniable ear for hooks and melodies that manages to stand the test of time.

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Songs in this episode

  • Intro - Heart-Shaped Box
  • 19:03 - Scentless Apprentice
  • 31:13 - Milk It
  • Outro - Pennyroyal Tea

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