In Utero: 20th Anniversary Edition

In 1993, In Utero's venomous sound scared DGC Records so much it hired R.E.M. producer Scott Litt to polish two key tracks. This reissue returns to the scene of the crime, with producer Steve Albini's remastered version. The LP remains corrosively beautiful, the sound of Kurt Cobain fleeing success for the cocoon of his "Leonard Cohen afterworld." You also get obscure treasures like the B side "Moist Vagina," a Dave Grohl solo demo from 1990 (of the delicate "Marigold"), and a DVD with unreleased live footage – including the band eviscerating the Cars' "My Best Friend's Girl," at once fans and saboteurs, throwing stuff off the shelf of the pop supermarket.

From The Archives Issue 1193: October 10, 2013