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

White Light/White Heat by The Velvet Underground
Year: 1968
Overall rank: 145th   Overall chart historyOverall chart history
Average Rating: 
84/100 (from 1,313 votes)
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Accolades:
Award Top 5 albums of 1968 (5th)
Award Top 50 albums of the 1960s (25th)
Award Top 200 albums of all time (145th)
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White Light/White Heat is ranked 2nd best out of 18 albums by The Velvet Underground on BestEverAlbums.com.

The best album by The Velvet Underground is The Velvet Underground which is ranked number 96 in the list of all-time albums with a total rank score of 15,157.

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This album is rated in the top 1% of all albums on BestEverAlbums.com. This album has a Bayesian average rating of 83.9/100, a mean average of 82.7/100, and a trimmed mean (excluding outliers) of 84.0/100. The standard deviation for this album is 15.4.

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85/100
From 02/02/2022 16:50
84.17

El disco más experimental de los Velvets. Tiene opiniones muy divididas. Para algunos solo es ruido, mientras que otros lo consideran uno de los mejores trabajos de VU. Tiene The Gift, tema que no me termina de fascinar. Y también los mejores temas, White Light/White Heat y Sister Ray. Personalmente no es de mis favoritos. Lo ubico #3 después de TVU&N y TVU.
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70/100
From 01/17/2022 12:25
This is peak of the VU creativity, but on there is not their most accesible sound. Song like Sister Ray is good but works only in context of the album.
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95/100
From 01/14/2022 23:45
This is probably the groups least accessible album by a long way but it is also their most experimental and interesting album to explore both sonically and lyrically. The guitars are allowed to pretty much just run free on this album and we are really rewarded for them doing that. We get that classic VU screeching guitar noise all over this record and there are times when they are fighting over which one can play louder which makes for some incredible moments on Sister Ray. The lyrics are amazing and so diverse and every time I listen to this record I am stunned by the genius and engaging lyrics that Reed gave us. They are delivered brilliantly by him as well. Every track is great and has its moments to shine and each cut is completely unique and the variety we are treated to is amazing. Instrumentally, I think they are at the strongest on this record and also on The Velvet Underground And Nico as demonstrated best on Sister Ray which is up there with one of their best ever tracks. Overall, an absolute classic from VU and while on first listen it may seem a little abrasive, once you have given it a few more tries you will fall in love with this album just like I have.
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From 11/23/2021 18:12
Me parece aburrido
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85/100
From 11/15/2021 18:30
I live on a really strange island where I think this album is really underrated. It's SO different than the self titled and eventual masterpiece with Nico, but somehow captures the VU charm.
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100/100
From 03/10/2021 00:55
This is the velvet underground a the peak of their avant garde period, and is their least accessible record. I would say it's a step down from the debut, but not by much at all.

Standout tracks: Title track, The gift, Sister ray
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75/100
From 02/27/2021 16:57
Incredibly ambitious noise-rock/indie rock record. Not as much a landmark as their debut, but definitely an album that pushed both genres forward and solidified Lou Reed as one of the best, if not the best, songwriters of his generation.
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From 02/06/2021 15:34
pure unadulterated rubbish
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80/100
From 12/22/2020 12:44
O melhor desse álbum é a sua sujeira!
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70/100
From 12/21/2020 03:15
Maybe no VU songwriting is meant to be relatable, but this album seems least so.
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