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

White Light/White Heat
White Light/White Heat by The Velvet Underground
Year: 1968
Overall rank: 145th   Overall chart historyOverall chart history
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84/100 (from 1,200 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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The Velvet Underground bestography

White Light/White Heat is ranked 2nd best out of 17 albums by The Velvet Underground on BestEverAlbums.com.

The best album by The Velvet Underground is The Velvet Underground which is ranked number 98 in the list of all-time albums with a total rank score of 16,255.

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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 84.3/100, a mean average of 83.3/100, and a trimmed mean (excluding outliers) of 84.4/100. The standard deviation for this album is 15.2.

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20/100
From 04/28/2020 03:31
.Too "difficult second album" for me
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From 04/12/2020 03:58
This I feel is the velvet underground at their most complete. Although I feel there are songs off of other albums that may be better individually than some of these are, the album fills the room for improvement left on the first album whilst embracing the raw dirty production that certain songs on the first album were held back by. It throws you into a world vast with debauchery. Containing straight foward narratives referring to drugs, gruesome events and sex throughout the first 5 songs, then bringing it all together in one of the craziest rock songs ever with the bands most impressive piece sister ray. The Vital proto punk sounds and ambitious avant garde attempts on this project all pay off.
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Rating:  
90/100
From 02/19/2020 03:08
this album scares me. in a good way
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From 12/29/2019 20:34
Dark and funny and ugly and gorgeous.
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75/100
From 09/22/2019 00:07
Favourite track: "Sister Ray"
Least-favourite track: "I Heard Her Call My Name"
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90/100
From 09/04/2019 16:39
This album is founded upon the Velvet Underground's willingness to try something new. Almost every song is made up of or touches upon something that just wasn't around at the time. It's one of the rawest and most visceral albums that I've heard. A lot of that can be attributed to the improvisational recording techniques but also to the cohesion of the band. It's incredible to compare this to its contemporaries like The White Album. You have a song like "Helter Skelter" (which I love, I'm not knocking the Beatles) that McCartney composed with the goal of making the loudest and dirtiest song he could and then you look at this album and realize that it's not even close to what this is. But it's not just an influential album, the music is still astounding. The guitar solos on "I Heard Her Call My Name" are some of the best I've ever heard. The organ on "Sister Ray" is my favorite part of the album. Every song is fantastic but I don't really have much desire to listen to "The Gift" again. The right-channel guitars are nice but I only care to be told the same story so many times.
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90/100
From 08/16/2019 15:26
This was awesome, though not the easiest album to listen to.

Favorites: White Light/White Heat, I Heard Her Call My Name, Sister Ray.
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90/100
From 09/17/2018 15:39
While the first album already had a good amount of noise to it, it never was noise rock. The noise was not part of the music, and when it was, that music wasn’t rock ‘n’ roll. The same goes for the few moments of noise on Zappa’s Freak Out!. On this album the noisy riffs and solos create the rock ‘n’ roll, which makes the music sound a lot more genuine, and less “hey Lou, we need to add some edge to it”, “oh, I know something: MF RANDOM-ASS GUITAR FEEDBACK AND DISTORTED ELECTRIC VIOLINS”.
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From 05/17/2018 22:14
One day I will be able mentally to finish this album
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95/100
From 03/17/2018 22:23
The best Velvet album for me due to the fact that it was the most unique, interestng one. John Cale’s two songs are the best, (probably because I’m a big Cale fan) those being “Lady Godiva’s Operation” and, my favourite, “The Gift”. The other tracks are alo great, the title track being the usual fun Velvet Underground opener, tracks 4 & 5 are perhaps a little weaker, but there is really nothing wrong with them, they work very well as buildup for the grand finale. The closer “Sister Ray” is great too, even if the lyrics are perhaps a bit silly in places, the noisy angry music makes up for that.

Overall, the first half is perfect, the second half is very good.
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