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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 Web-Seo 4 days ago
Well deserved top ten most wanted
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From jackbrown8786 02/15/2017 23:45
it's a really honest album. everything they feel is not only communicated through the lyrics but even more accurately through their instruments - the at times frantic drumming, schizophrenic plucking, ear-splitting violins, driving chug of bass lines - they all perfectly compliment the themes. it's not like they're masters of their instruments like clapton or hendrix either, it's more like how instruments are played in "kind of blue" or "astral weeks," it's a free, honest, and accurate transfer of their emotions through their instruments.

the themes are great too and work perfectly together to give an honest portrayal of lou reed's state of mind. a theme of the cycle of abuse is demonstrated with "femme fatale" and "there she goes again" - a woman who flirts just to hurt and a man advising the beating of a woman. aside from the obvious resentment felt here, this cycle of abuse is at the same time actually EMBRACED in "venus in furs." these contradicting feelings lead to the confusion built up throughout but especially in "black angel death song" and climaxing in "european son," the final two chaotic tracks. it's easy to understand how this can lead to the drug abuse justified in tracks like "waiting for the man" and "heroin." it isn't so misogynistic though, right after he advocates for the abuse of women in "there she goes again," in "i'll be your mirror," a beautiful and kind Nico is the antithesis, a reminder that there is also a forgiving and helpful woman out there. after hearing it many times, when it all comes together, you should be able to appreciate each track, they all have a place and serve a purpose here.

this is the portrait of a guy who fell in love, got hurt, and turned to heroin. the confusion, anger, resentment, fetishes, and misogyny are byproducts left here for the sake of honesty.

here's hoping it climbs over both "nevermind" and "funeral."
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From prego9816 01/24/2017 14:19
Tier List for my preferences of the tracks on this album:

Top: 1-5, 8
High: 6, 9
Neutral: 7, 11
Low: 10
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From Tamthebam 01/22/2017 20:40
The best album of the 60's way ahead of its time. Lou Reed & co. must have had a ball making this album it is loose & loud and yet very together, then there are Nico's amazing vocal. It's reputation only grows with time.
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From Egophobia 12/29/2016 22:43
Awesome album with both highs and lows! "Sunday Morning", "Heroin" and "Femme Fatale" are my favorites :)
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From rliberty 12/12/2016 18:19
This album took some time to grow on me, but it definitely deserves every bit of the praise it receives. The boldness and creativity found on this album had such influence on music it is impossible to even attempt to quantify it.
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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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