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Sunday, May 31, 2009

29 in 2009 - The Velvet Underground: "The Velvet Underground & Nico"

The Velvet Underground: The Velvet Underground & Nico
Originally Released: March 12, 1967
Genres: Rock, Experimental Rock
Rating: 3 out of 10

Well folks, according to the clock on my wall, there's less than 4 hours left in the month of May. No better time to squeeze out another update in my 29 in 2009 series. This one will be brief, and it will be a bit out of character for me. The simple fact of it is that I absolutely abhor this album. Having listened to it off an on for the entire month of May, that is the only thing I can say with absolute certainty.

The first thing I think about when I start listening to a song, any song, on this album is that I would much rather be listening to something else. The music to me is absolutely un-gripping, mediocre (amateur, even), overrated, and bad. Lyrically, it's hit or miss. Songs like "There She Goes Again" show just how simplistic and predictable the band's lyrics can be, while others such as "Heroin" show an unparalleled introspection. The songs themselves are almost all boring, the best ones being when Lou Reed doesn't open his mouth and Nico takes over vocals.

At that, ladies and gentlemen, is the extent of my write-up for this album. I want nothing more than to start the month of June with a clean slate, and having this album still on my to-do list would not be the best way to start. It gets the amount of attention from me that I think it deserves. No more no less.

Pretty terrible considering that of all the albums that have been chosen for the list so far, THIS was the album I was most excited to hear. No joke. Oh well...

Verdict: Classically Bad

1 comment:

Jeff said...

Listen to their third, self-titled album. You'll like it, I promise.