In Utero by Nirvana

In Utero, the third album by the Seattle grunge band Nirvana, was released on September 21, 1993. It was the final studio album released by the band, who disbanded after the death of lead singer and guitarist Kurt Cobain on April 8, 1994. In Utero is seen as the band’s response to the commercial success of Nevermind. Across the record, producer Steve Albini created a more stripped down and raw sound, which was a sizeable creative departure from the previous album’s controlled and polished sound. Albini was famous in the alternative music community for his outspoken opinions about the music industry, as well as for having a purist sense of rock and grunge music. 

Singles from In Utero included “Heart-Shaped Box,” “All Apologies/ Rape Me,” and “Pennyroyal Tea.” It was recorded in two weeks at Pachyderm Studio and mixed over five days. It debuted at #1 on the Billboard 200 and sold 180,000 copies in the first week. Certain big box stores, including Kmart and Wal-Mart, refused to carry the album, worried that the cover artwork would offend their customers. In Utero has been certified platinum five times by the Recording Industry Association of America. To date, the album had moved 4.2 million records and was re-released on the 20th anniversary in September 2013.  

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