Nirvana — In Utero

BY DI STAFF | APRIL 05, 2012 6:30 AM

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Kurt Cobain would probably hate me. When Nirvana's In Utero, this week's tracks from the past, was released in 1993, I was probably watching "Boy Meets World." That was almost a decade before I listened to Nirvana for the first time.

Cobain died on this day in 1994, just a few months after the release of In Utero. The album is not Nirvana's most popular (see Nevermind), but it is probably my favorite.

Its singles were "Heart-Shaped Box" and "All Apologies," but if those were the only songs you listened to, you'd wonder what happened to Nirvana's edge. The other tracks on the album are much more abrasive.

It's impossible to know what kind of thoughts flow through the mind of a heroin-addicted, bipolar, depressed musician. But the aggressiveness of songs such as "Rape Me" and "Milk It" might give listeners a hint.

Despite Cobain's public disapproval of music journalism, Rolling Stone gave this album 4.5 stars out of five.

Today, 19 years after the release of In Utero, Nirvana drummer Dave Grohl fronts the Foo Fighters, which just won a Grammy for Best Rock Album, and bassist Krist Novoselic is a political activist.

— by Jordan Montgomery

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