THE VELVET UNDERGROUND
The Velvet Underground and Nico
Rating: 2 (library disc)
Well, what do you know... yet another "punk classic" turns out to be a badly sung collection of two-note melodies performed by a group that grossly overestimates the musical interest provided by endless hamhanding vamping on rudimentary chord progressions. I wish I could say I'm surprised.
READER COMMENTSSTEVE AND ABE RESPOND: Abe says, "Off!" Steve says: "Hey, I'm not in this for popularity, I'm in it for the abuse (both received and delivered I take Simon of American Idol as my role model). I appreciate your thoughts. Thanks for writing!"
From Jon Hendrix: I am not even going to try to defend this album, because I sympathize with your view, even if I don't agree with it. I briefly looked at Music Babble and saw that everybody is running roughshod over you and your review, but hey - even the "classics" need criticism, rather than just resting on public opinion. Influence and popularity shouldn't really have any impact on a music review, at least in my opinion. Therefore, I would only like to point out one thing that I think is important which your review fails to mention - the (for its time) explicit song topics. Otherwise, just thinking about some of Reed's guitar "solos" make me shudder.
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