In Utero is my favorite of Nirvana's studio CD's. It's the follow-up to their breakthrough disc, Nevermind. While it sounds almost as polished at the previous disc (though others disagree with this), the songs are a bit more challenging and, at times, louder.
Heart-Shaped Box was the first single off the album and it's a beautiful song as they go from sounding soft and melodic to loud and abrasive several times throughout the song. The slower songs Dumb and All Apologies showcase the great confidence and musicianship that the band had. These songs are equally as powerful when they are later performed on the band's MTV Unplugged in New York album. Rape me is a song that starts out slow and then the band just kicks it into high gear later in the song. The anger and passion really come through on this tune, especially in Kurt's singing. Pennyroyal Tea is a great song and one of the least commercial-sounding of the bunch.
This is an excellent album and, sadly, the last studio album the band produced.