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White Light/White Heat (album) by The Velvet Underground 

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White Light/White Heat
White Light/White Heat by The Velvet Underground (1968)
Overall rank: 162nd   Overall chart history
Average Rating: 
84/100 (from 854 votes)
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Accolades: Top 10 albums of 1968 (7th)
Top 50 albums of the 1960s (30th)
Top 200 albums of all time (162nd)

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The Velvet Underground bestography

White Light/White Heat is ranked 2nd best out of 16 albums by The Velvet Underground on BestEverAlbums.com.

The best album by The Velvet Underground is The Velvet Underground which is ranked number 109 in the list of all-time albums with a total rank score of 19,770.

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From nitomano 01/11/2017 05:37
Favoritas: Lady Godiva's Operation, White Light/White Heat
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From InMyOwnDojo 12/28/2016 18:27
Will never be superior to the debut, but it's a worthy effort anyway because it never sounds like they're trying to repeat themselves.

Basically, this album is all the most irritating stuff from the first record stretched out into a full length album and so naturally, it sounds horrible the first time but just keeps getting better and better every time after that. I hate to say "ahead of its time" because everybody says that way too much about a lot of music, but White Light / White Heat had all the ingredients of punk before punk existed. It's a great album.
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From LordMark 12/12/2016 23:46
I wish I could go back in time and listen to "Sister Ray" for the first time all over again.
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From souplipton 09/18/2016 02:34
In my opinion it's better than their debut, mostly due to the absence of Nico and of anything resembling "Black Angel's Death Song".
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55/100
From rileytfindley 09/16/2016 14:26
This conclusion was really difficult for me to come to. I decided this past week to explore the Velvet Underground discography beyond their debut album, which I love. I read all about the record before listening to, as I typically do, to understand the context of how it was created and the increase in creative liberty seemed like a positive to me (in the absence of Warhol).

That being said, I found myself disappointing by this record. In one sense the shorter tracks are more of what I liked from their debut, albeit without the strophic song structure that I felt worked for the band. The track "The Gift" was very tense and something that I authentically enjoyed listening to. The record seemed more tonically tense and harsher to listen to, which I am not adverse to in music. I love groups like the Drones and Godspeed You Black Emperor. These compositions, while I saw what they were going for, felt more edgy and sad due to the potential of unrealized ideas than anything.

What killed my opinion of this record was my inability to enjoy the track "Sister Ray", which unfortunately makes up almost half the record. As someone who enjoys long-form music, specifically classical influences in rock music, I found myself utterly bored with this song. The harsh, distorted sound never GOES anywhere, and there doesn't seem to be any meaningful development.

I won't be keeping this record in my library. It has some nice moments, and some great ideas, but the cons are too uncompromising for me to enjoy it further.
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75/100
From ItSaysDilbert 08/27/2016 00:34
Favorite tracks: White Light/White Heat, Lady Godiva's Operation, I Heard Her Call My Name, Sister Ray

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From albumceleste 08/02/2016 01:33
Not denying its importance and long term influence on noiserock but IMHO this one is overrated -better yet overhyped-.
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From TheSmiths82-87 06/15/2016 10:07
For me the Velvet Underground’s albums decreased ever so slightly in quality as they progressed, therefore this follow up to the debut is my second favourite. To be fair, the only classics here are White Light White Heat and Sister Ray, but seeing as there are only 6 tracks anyway, and Sister Ray takes up almost half the album it pretty much makes the album a classic. Here She Comes Now still deserves a mention, very similar to some of the Nico tracks from the debut but sung beautifully by Lou Reed. Then there is I Heard Her Call My Name, which is a blistering piece of noise that deserves some attention and also the Gift, which is an amusingly grim yarn set to music.
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From garycottier 06/07/2016 12:49
The most uncompromising of the Velvet Underground albums. White light/white heat, is an excellent noise fest, completely at odds with what else was happening in music at that time. Standouts are the title track, the darkly hilarious, the gift, and the epic, sister ray. A great snotty rock'n'roll album. Too busy sucking on a ding dong.
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From buckchip 04/19/2016 10:22
my favourite!
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