Desertshore (studio album) by Nico
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The best album by Nico is Chelsea Girl which is ranked number 620 in the list of all-time albums with a total rank score of 3,031.
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As others have said... it's a really strange album. Not in a bad way, but didn't expect this. Would I listen to it again? Maybe when it's 1 am and I can't sleep, maybe while drawing at night or just... at night. It's not going to be on my rotation, but I'm glad I got to discover this.
Definitely original album with medieval feeling, I actually like it better than Chelsea Girls.
It is a very moody and dark album for dark and haunting Corona days. I bet this requires some previous knowledge of Nico's work. A definite medieval feel to it.
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.
Why isn't this in the top 10 albums of 1970?
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.
A masterpiece, 'nuff said!
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.
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).
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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