The Record Scratch

Ashley Edwards

Celebrating ‘In Utero’’s 25th anniversary

October 2, 2018

In September, Nirvana’s last studio album, “In Utero” was celebrated from fans all around for its 25th anniversary. The angsty, spunky’ band known for being just that, they changed the rock music game and basically carried the 90s gothic and grunge era. (as well as some ‘emo phases’ in middle school for some, including me).

Even after the lead singer, Kurt Cobain’s suicide, he will always remain iconic and looked up to for his love for music, bluntness and talent. Today, niblets, if you will, of Nirvana are heard in many songs we hear on the radio or that might pop up on your playlist; like ‘Holy Grail’ by Justin Timberlake and Jay-Z and their sample of ‘Smells like Teen Spirit’

The album starts off with a bang; ‘Serve the Servants’ begins with a powerful bass from Chris Novoselic and chaotic drums from Dave Grohl with the lyrics “Teenage angst has paid off well, now I’m bored and old” to truly capture the essence of the record. A petulant, testy teen wanting to live on the edge is the attitude Cobain takes on with the first lyric.

This is also seen in the infamous track ‘Smells Like Teen Spirit’ which is what the album fully encompasses. With the rudeness and irony of the lyrics “Here we are now, entertain us,”. The band takes every aspect of a 90s angsty teen- or a teen in general- and takes it out on the bass, drums, and Cobain’s voice as he screams his lungs out into the microphone.

Cover art for the album “In Utero” by Nirvana.

The album just continues to get better, with speedy and booming tracks like ‘Very Ape’, and ‘Tourette’s’ with, once again, the strong bass and powerful drums to play into the attitude of the album.

The album slows down a little with ‘PennyRoyal Tea’, or as one thinks in the beginning. Cobain just isn’t ready to turn down the volume just yet. The chorus then kicks in with “Distill the life that’s inside of me” and “I’m anemic royalty”.

Then, Cobain and the guys truly kick it up with the next two songs, with rapid fire pace, ‘Radio Friendly Unit Shifter’ and ‘Tourette’s’.  Tourette’s having so much angst and screaming, it’s almost impossible to understand what Cobain is talking about. When first listening, I never would have heard the lyrics “Could’ve had a heart attack, my heart. We don’t know anything, my heart,

“All in all is all we are,”

“In Utero” finally slows down with a personal favorite, ‘All Apologies’. The subdued, but ‘moderate grunge’ of the song still carries the spunky factor of the album. The song ends repeating the words: “All in all is all we are,”.

Nirvana’s last album truly showcases who they were as a band. Bad in the best way, rule breakers, reckless and true musicians that loved their craft. From shredding on the bass, tearing it up on the drums or losing one’s voice on the mic every night; or their reckless sarcasm showing the ‘grunge experience’,  the band took the world by storm with their music and will always be remembered.


Rating: 4.5/5

Favorite(s): ‘All Apologies’, ‘Serve the Servants’, ‘Very Ape’, ‘Dumb’

Least Favorite(s): ‘Milk It’,

Favorite lyrics:

I am buried up to my neck in contradictionary flies. I take pride as the king of illiterature, I’m very ape and very nice,” – Very Ape

“Help me inhale and mend it with you. We’ll float around and hang out on clouds. Then we’ll come down,”- Dumb




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