Looking Back at Nirvana’s In Utero on Its 25th Anniversary

Max Edelsack
Oct 26, 2018 · 1 min read
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Max Edelsack, a nationally licensed bartender and a graduate of Marist College, considers himself a fan of rock music. Max Edelsack has served as the merchandise manager for rock band Stickup Kid and counts alternative-rock act Nirvana as his favorite band.

In September 2018, Nirvana’s third and final studio album, In Utero, celebrated its 25th anniversary. The follow-up to the multiplatinum Nevermind, In Utero saw Nirvana returning to the raw sound of their debut album, Bleach.

In Utero was recorded by noted engineer Steve Albini, who had previously worked with some of Nirvana frontman Kurt Cobain’s favorite bands. Together with Albini, the band succeeded in crafting a bleak, challenging record, one that dispensed with Nevermind’s smoother, chart-topping sound.

Perhaps unsurprisingly, In Utero failed to live up the commercial standard set by Nevermind and its breakout single, Smells Like Teen Spirit. Nonetheless, today the record is considered a masterpiece by many critics. Released less than a year before Cobain’s suicide, In Utero has been lauded as a haunting and searing listen that contains some of the frontman’s finest songwriting.

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