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The Velvet Underground And Nico (album) by The Velvet Underground And Nico 

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The Velvet Underground And Nico
The Velvet Underground And Nico by The Velvet Underground And Nico (1967)
Overall rank: 9th   Overall chart history
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Accolades: Top 5 albums of 1967 (2nd)
Top 10 albums of the 1960s (4th)
Top 10 albums of all time (9th)

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From Tidus1997 11/28/2016 01:49
The Velvet Underground is a band everyone should listen to within their lifetime. Without them, Punk would look so much different. But it's important to note, things didn't always look this way.

The album begins with a reverb section of Lou Reed trying to sing. Lou Reed, was never a very good singer; but he was a great talker. His vocal range is about one octive; not very impressive. But what really gets you, is the lyrics. He's good at writing lyrics.

Waiting for the Man is about this drug dealer Lou Reed meets in the bad part of town.

Female Fatale is about Eddie Sedwick; that's not a guy by the way. Nico's singing about a flirt. Nico, has the voice of a man; even though she wasn't born one.

Venus in Furs has a weird droning section with Lou Reed's invented Ostrich guitar tuning. Ostrich tuning is where you tune every string to the same note; only an octave's difference. The song talks about BDSM; Lou Reed talks about that a lot.

Run, Run, Run, is a story about someone who should run. It has a bluesy overtone that leaks out of Lou's guitar.

All Tomorrows Parties; another droning section.

Heroin, likely the best song in the whole record, is written about smack. Lou Reed, a big fan of the substance, decided to write a song about his problem; he was right about Heroin being the death of him. The song speeds up and slows down with tribal drum percussion happening all the time. At the end, the music starts getting distorted, and you almost want to throw your headphones down; it gets bad. But it's fitting for a song about Heroin; it's not supposed to be good.

There She Goes Again is an enjoyable song about a woman that scorned Lou Reed to the point that he would think: you better hit her!

I'll Be Your Mirror, is probably one of the most beautiful songs ever written; and it came from Lou Reed. When one thinks of Lou Reed, one doesn't think of warm; this song suggest otherwise. It's a well-done song sung by Nico.

Black Angel's Death Song and European Son could probably be better off not being on the record; they're weak tracks compared to the rest of the content. Black Angel's Death Song has Lou Reed rambling about a story, while weird wind noises happen afterwards. European Son is about Lou's mentor, Delmore Schwartz.

Overall, not everyone will like this record. But it's the ones that do, that will make records one day.
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From discojets1 11/16/2016 19:31
Revolutionary classic album!
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From AAL2014 10/11/2016 14:59
The curious case of 'The Velvet Undergound & Nico'. At least that's what it is for me. I cannot deny that this record has a vibe to it unlike all but a handful of albums I've heard. I also can't deny how much more I would like this album if Nico wasn't on it. No disrespect, but the music doesn't benefit much from her voice. I just think she sounds out of place.

After a number of listens, VU&N's experimentation is a joy to behold. Be it the interesting percussion and extra instrumentation on tracks like Sunday Morning or the balls out trip feel of European Son (which I view as a key track, unlike many here in the comments). The sonic quality of this record is bare, gritty, and one of the most influential parts of the entire record. Heroin would not be the same without it... Speaking of Heroin, how do you not give that song a perfect score?

I'm sure my rating of this album will change over time, likely going up. I was turned off by it on first listen, but it has become, as many others have said here, rewarding. I'll continue to dig into this album because I acknowledge it and it's place in musical history.
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From acolabella 09/17/2016 18:48
It took me a while to understand this album. But it is a must listen.
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From HarryLuke 08/09/2016 12:33
An essential album to listen to even if its not your style. Its just so influential on music that its a must hear. However it does start to falter near the end and has its best tracks at the start with Sunday Morning, waiting for the man and Femme fatal.
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From lanadeleswift 08/04/2016 00:33
Introduced us to not one but 2 amazing artists. One of the highlights of the greatest era of music (1962-1970)
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From albumceleste 08/02/2016 01:42
A great album if one's into garage and noise. "The Album" actually.
But to be fair I think its shadow over time grew far larger than the album itself. I know people that swear by it and never actually fully listened to it.
I mean c'mon it's got a Warhol artcover, how much hype and artie can you go?

Like it or not is a must.
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From JonMusicMan5 06/23/2016 17:48
This album was the first to show that sing-songy pretty clean music is not always the answer. One of the most unique albums of its time. The songs sound very unpolished and it works perfectly. It doesn't tell, it shows. Great album.
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From LimpLimbs 06/18/2016 16:27
There are some of the greatest songs ever on this album ("Heroin" and "Femme Fatale"). But unfortunately, there are also some fillers (the last 2 songs). Not flawless, but very interesting.
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From konzolfan 06/17/2016 08:28
My favorite album of all time, every song is perfect. I can't imagine any music in the future, that will be better than this.
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