White Light/White Heat (album) by The Velvet Underground
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|THE VELVET UNDERGROUND White Light White Heat CD 1996 (6 Tracks) Remastered NEW
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|The Velvet Underground - White Light / White Heat Japanese CD / POCP-2520
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|1.||White Light/White Heat|| 88/100 (240 votes)|
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|2.||The Gift|| 84/100 (178 votes)|
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|3.||Lady Godiva's Operation|| 87/100 (186 votes)|
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|4.||Here She Comes Now|| 86/100 (179 votes)|
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|5.||I Heard Her Call My Name|| 83/100 (177 votes)|
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|6.||Sister Ray|| 89/100 (235 votes)|
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Favoritas: Lady Godiva's Operation, White Light/White Heat
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.
I wish I could go back in time and listen to "Sister Ray" for the first time all over again.
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".
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.
Favorite tracks: White Light/White Heat, Lady Godiva's Operation, I Heard Her Call My Name, Sister Ray
Not denying its importance and long term influence on noiserock but IMHO this one is overrated -better yet overhyped-.
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.
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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