The Velvet Underground And Nico review by The Velvet Underground

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  • Released: Jan 1, 1974
  • Sound: 10
  • Lyrics: 10
  • Overall Impression: 10
  • Reviewer's score: 10 Gem
  • Users' score: 9.5 (57 votes)
The Velvet Underground: The Velvet Underground And Nico

Sound — 10
Music innovation at its finest. Without a doubt one of the most innovative and most important rock records of all time. This album was recorded in 8 hours by the Velvet Underground. Under the production of Andy Warhol except for one track done by Tom Wilson. The Velvets had been going for 3 years before this release in 1967. The album was delayed six months due to its drug refrences. Led by singer/songwriter/genius Lou Reed and genius work of John Cale this album became one of the most important album of its time and virtually invented the Alternative music scene.

Lyrics — 10
Delayed six months because of lyrics involving drug, sex, and other riskay refrences. The Lyrics revolutionized what could be said on a rock and roll record. Dylan did it first, but Lou Reed and the rest of the Velvets perfected it. Nico an abstract artist brought in by producer Andy Warhol, (who agreed to produce and give the band their break if he could paint the cover of the album which is now a famous painting in itself) sang on only 4 tracks but her importance on this record is still felt greatly. No album ever has brought lyrics to such a higher level then this one. Before lyrics were censored in a way in most songs. Dylan, and the Beatles helped loosen that barrier while Lou Reed tore it down and declared to the Rock and Roll world that there were no longer rules.

Overall Impression — 10
Just a classic. Invented the Alternative scene and marks as one of the Greatest and most important albums of all time. This needed to be reviewed. The VU deserve praise. You here them all the time today in some way or another - you just don't know it.

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    The whole album is one of the most amazing things ever. "Heroin" is beautiful, raw, poetic, dark,orgasmic. Probably my favorite song in the world.
    nice review but that's mainly because i love this record as much as you do, if i hadn't heard it before and was considering buying it this doesn't really give me an indication of the style of the music itself.