Desertshore (album) by Nico

Desertshore by Nico (1970)
Overall rank: 1,023rd   Overall chart historyOverall chart history
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NICO Desertshore John Cale Joe Boyd 180 gram NEW SEALED LP
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Nico - Desertshore - 1970 White Label Promo RS 6424 (NM) Ultrasonic Clean
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5-25: Nico "Desertshore" Reprise 6424 Rock VG+/VG+
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Desertshore is ranked 2nd best out of 11 albums by Nico on

The best album by Nico is Chelsea Girl which is ranked number 603 in the list of all-time albums with a total rank score of 4,391.

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From Jameth 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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From RoundTheBend 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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From PepsiMan 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 crimson 05/04/2017 20:20
This album foes beyond words. This is the definition of tracendental, divine, music.
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From Lacobra 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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From 10/24/2014 16:00
Powerful. I imagine this would be very influential on Gothic Rock and Post-Punk.
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From hairymarx1 03/22/2011 00:26
Nico invented a style of singing that is uncategorizable which belongs to no particular tradition or to no particular time or place. It is a style that is totally original and appears to have emerged out of nowhere. Her eerie lugubrious litanies provided the platform from which would emerge gothic rock over a decade later.

'Desert Shore' was her second masterpiece and one of the most original releases of all-time. With this album Nico evoked the desolation of an icy and empty universe, as if after a colossal catastrophe. Here her voice was particularly cold, depressed and nuerotic whilst at the same time, shamanic and prophetic which tended to elevate her mystique persona.

The atmospheres she portrayed in her art developed into suspenseful and moribund depictions of the afterlife. The icy church-like harmonium sound and John Cale's viola added to an atmosphere of fatalism and feelings of eternal angst within a haunted nightmarish inner world. It is an atmosphere that is bleak, majestic and cosmic.

Like Homer, Nico was a beautiful and tortured soul not of this world who lived on another planet and sang about the apocalypse of planet Earth, as viewed from up above.
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From CellarDoor 01/10/2010 14:40
"Afraid" is one of the most beautiful songs I've ever heard.
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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. John Lennon/Plastic Ono Band by John Lennon
5. Led Zeppelin III by Led Zeppelin
6. All Things Must Pass by George Harrison
7. Moondance by Van Morrison
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11. Let It Be by The Beatles
12. Loaded by The Velvet Underground
13. Cosmo's Factory by Creedence Clearwater Revival
14. American Beauty by Grateful Dead
15. Déjà Vu by Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young
16. Black Sabbath by Black Sabbath
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