Desertshore (studio album) by Nico

Desertshore by Nico
Year: 1970
Overall rank: 814th   Overall chart historyOverall chart history
Average Rating: 
79/100 (from 255 votes)
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Accolades:
Award Top albums of 1970 (25th)
Award Top albums of the 1970s (181st)
Award Top 1,000 albums of all time (814th)
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Nico Desertshore UK Textured Cover Vinyl Reprise K44102 NM 1971
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Time left: 4h 13m 13s
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Nico : Desertshore Rock 1 Disc CD
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Nico (Velvet Underground) ‎– Desertshore – UK vinyl LP
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Nico bestography

Desertshore is ranked 2nd best out of 11 albums by Nico on BestEverAlbums.com.

The best album by Nico is Chelsea Girl which is ranked number 606 in the list of all-time albums with a total rank score of 3,171.

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Chelsea GirlDesertshoreThe Marble Index

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  Track ratingsTrack ratings The tracks on this album have an average rating of 81 out of 100 (all tracks have been rated).

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Average Rating: 
79/100 (from 255 votes)
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This album is rated in the top 2% of all albums on BestEverAlbums.com. This album has a Bayesian average rating of 78.9/100, a mean average of 77.9/100, and a trimmed mean (excluding outliers) of 79.1/100. The standard deviation for this album is 17.3.

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75/100
From 07/26/2021 23:23
A very otherworldly sounding album, that feels both haunting and beautiful at the same time. The sound is so cohesive and this atmosphere that Cale and Nico create together is stunning. Every song fits the tone of the album masterfully. The arrangement on this album by Cale is magnificent, my personal highlights being the piano, which sounds so delicate and raw, and the string arrangement. While some songs like My Only Child among others do not reach the same heights as tracks like Afraid, the tempo of the album is never lost which maintains the consistency of the album. Overall, it creates an experience that it will be very difficult to forget.
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95/100
From 05/02/2021 23:50
Why isn't this in the top 10 albums of 1970?
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100/100
From 01/24/2021 22:28
Ended up listening to this because it's one of Björk's favorite records, and I'll do anything she says. And holy cow this is so good. Beautiful, haunting, absolutely captivating in every way imaginable. Nico has never sounded this good, John Cale needs an award for this album alone.
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85/100
From 03/30/2020 21:11
A masterpiece, 'nuff said!
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70/100
From 05/21/2019 06:34
I first listened to this back-to-back with The Marble Index. It was a worthwhile listen, but it came across as a B-side to other. Some good songs are here, but it isn’t as captivating overall as TMI.
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85/100
From 04/14/2019 15:57
Nico's voice matches Cale's arrangements better than his own. At times modern/at times takes you to a medieval time. Something I can call both of theirs fantastic (solo).
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From 02/26/2019 23:28
It's hard for me to pick a favorite between this and The Marble Index, as they are both really amazing and celestial. I give this one a slight edge, though. While the album is essentially perfect all the way through, Afraid and All that is My Own are a couple notches above perfection. Truly one of the ultimate albums in all of history!
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80/100
From 02/23/2018 18:04
i feel like i'm on another dimension whenever i listen to this album, strangely beautiful. This really doesn't sound like it was made in the 70's it feels like it was made 2000 years ago it's just weird and stunning, never heard anything like this.
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From 05/04/2017 20:20
This album foes beyond words. This is the definition of tracendental, divine, music.
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90/100
From 10/19/2016 03:08
The best album of 1970 and easily her best. Desertshore mixes the darkest sonic landscapes of The Marble Index with the warm innocence of Chelsea Girl. Cale's arrangements are avant-garde at its most substantial, and Nico's vocals are always measured in their sobriety without giving the impression that she doesn't care about the music. Every time Nico plays the piano it sounds heartbreaking, and each noise Cale recorded in the studio finds its place. All the songs are solid, in the sense that they all have a bunch of elements that make the listen rewarding, and they are easily distiguishable (something that could not be said about her last one). Great album. Complex but simple. Grey but kaleidoscopic.
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Best Albums of 1970
1. Paranoid by Black Sabbath
2. After The Gold Rush by Neil Young
3. Bridge Over Troubled Water by Simon & Garfunkel
4. All Things Must Pass by George Harrison
5. John Lennon/Plastic Ono Band by John Lennon
6. Bitches Brew by Miles Davis
7. Led Zeppelin III by Led Zeppelin
8. Moondance by Van Morrison
9. Fun House by The Stooges
10. Cosmo's Factory by Creedence Clearwater Revival
11. Let It Be by The Beatles
12. Layla And Other Assorted Love Songs by Derek & The Dominos
13. Loaded by The Velvet Underground
14. Black Sabbath by Black Sabbath
15. American Beauty by Grateful Dead
16. Déjà Vu by Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young
17. Deep Purple In Rock by Deep Purple
18. Tea For The Tillerman by Cat Stevens
19. Abraxas by Santana
20. Atom Heart Mother by Pink Floyd
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