Album #91 – The Velvet Underground and Nico
This album was a pleasure to listen to from start to almost finish. Except for the final two tracks, every song was awesome. Side one is worth it’s weight in gold. Nico adds to this group’s unique sound. It has been said that most people who owned this album started a band. I own it and have not started a band but it’s influence is astounding. The album, especially all of side 1, sounds unique for it’s time. The drummer does not even hit a cymbal once during the whole album!!! It is a shame that it was not the hit that it could have been. At the same time, I am glad the album has become a cult classic and revered long after The Velvet Underground’s demise. If the album ended at I’ll Be Your Mirror, it would have been a perfect, awesome album. Sadly, it did not. The last too tracks are the experimental ones. European Son dilutes the value of this album. I don’t even know why it was included but I was bored listening to it. The Black Angel’s Death Song was much the same. It lead me to dislike European Son. The rest of the album is awesome!!! I recommend this album to anyone who wants their mind blown open and needs a slice of reality. Drugs, sex, fashion and more are tackled in the lyrics of this album. It seems like these songs could have come from episodes of MTV’s vast array of reality show crap i.e. The City, The Hills and Jersey Shore. But no, my friends. This is 1967 where everything was more free and open. It seems that the more things change the more they stay the same. Side one of this album is your road map to the tough part of life that we all know so well. Overall, I give this album 4.5 out of 5.
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