Song of the Day #4,371: ‘All Apologies’ – Nirvana

Here’s the part of the Decades series where I explore celebrated albums with which I am not familiar. What 1993 releases did I miss, and how well will I receive them now?

Nirvana’s third (and, due to Kurt Cobain’s death a year later, final) studio album, In Utero, had the unenviable task of following Nevermind, which became one of the best-selling and most-celebrated albums of all-time just two years earlier.

Though I recognize Nirvana’s status as a trendsetting and important band, I have never been into their music personally. I enjoy a few songs from Nevermind (the singles, basically) but that’s it.

My first real exposure to In Utero found me in the same place. I really like today’s SOTD, which might be Nirvana’s best song period. And the other single, ‘Heart-Shaped Box,’ is a decent enough stab at recreating ‘Smells Like Teen Spirit.’ But the rest is — pardon me for sounding like an old man — just too damn loud.

Nirvana wanted this album to have a less polished sound than Nevermind, and I guess they succeeded on that front. Knocked out in two weeks, the album has more of a garage band vibe. Despite worries by the label that the shift would hurt the album’s reception, In Utero went 5X Platinum, was nominated for a Grammy, and topped many critics’ year-end lists.

As for me, I still don’t get it.

[Verse 1]
What else should I be? All apologies
What else could I say? Everyone is gay
What else should I write? I don’t have the right
What else should I be? All apologies

[Chorus]
In the sun, in the sun, I feel as one
In the sun, in the sun
Married, buried

[Verse 2]
I wish I was like you, easily amused
Find my nest of salt, everything’s my fault
I’ll take all the blame, aqua seafoam shame
Sunburn, freezer burn, choking on the ashes of her enemy

[Chorus]
In the sun, in the sun, I feel as one
In the sun, in the sun
Married, buried
Married, buried
Yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah

[Outro: Kurt Cobain & Dave Grohl]
All in all is all we are
All in all is all we are

One thought on “Song of the Day #4,371: ‘All Apologies’ – Nirvana

  1. Dana Gallup says:

    Nirvana may be the best of the grunge music genre, but I still don’t like the genre.

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