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Chelsea Girl

Nico

1967

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Chelsea Girl
Album Summary

Chelsea Girl is the debut solo album and second studio album by German singer Nico. It was released in October 1967 by Verve Records and was recorded following Nico's collaboration with the Velvet Underground on their 1967 debut studio album. It was produced by Tom Wilson, who added string and flute arrangements against the wishes of Nico. The title is a reference to Andy Warhol's 1966 film Chelsea Girls, in which Nico starred. Much of the album features instrumental work and songwriting credits from Velvet Underground members Lou Reed, Sterling Morrison, and John Cale. The song "I'll Keep It with Mine" was written by Bob Dylan, while three songs are by Jackson Browne, who contributes guitar.

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2.61

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11181

Genres

  • Pop
  • Rock
  • Folk
  • Psychedelic Rock

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Wed Jun 23 2021
1

We all piled on Rebecca black for having no talent but Nico makes the list of albums You Must Listen To Or Else You'll Die? At least RB's song was catchy and she paid for being famous with money rather than blow jobs. A goat being vivisectioned would be more melodic and in key. If I could give this zero stars I would, Nico is the fucking worst.

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Wed Oct 20 2021
5

Alright, I'll say it. I'm a sucker for this dark, pretentious, avant bullshit. I like the instruments, I like the vocals, I like the production. This is fanfuckingtastic.

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Sun May 16 2021
5

Don't deny the greatness. Don't deny the sadness. Don't deny the beauty.

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Thu Jun 10 2021
1

It's painful, in so many ways. It goes beyond interesting and weird into the awful.

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Fri Feb 05 2021
1

Nauseatingly bad. Two more albums this bad and I’m quitting this list.

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Fri Apr 09 2021
1

You call it ‘artistic’...I call it ‘dog in pain’. Not gonna lie. This was one tough listen. It literally could be used as a form of torture. I could just imagine a Russian spy opting to spill the beans in preference to being subjected to another tune from Nico. Someone please tell this woman she cannot sing, for everyone else’s sake. The out of tune droning with the comical flute playing in the background had me Googling if this album was in fact a parody. Unfortunately it is not and it is very real. Apparently real enough to be selected into this list and that’s embarrassing. The only reason anyone would ever choose this album is because they are insecure and think selecting the shameful piece of noise would somehow elevate their coolness by the ‘in’ crowd. Hopefully Nico was locked up and institutionalised after this and they threw away her key. -100 Stars!

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Mon Jun 21 2021
1

It sounds medieval and boring. In addition to being grating, the singer's voice doesn't fit the backing instruments at all, and the audio tracks sound like they were unmixed or at the very least mixed extremely poorly. Nothing in this album meshes, and I don't understand why this would be on this list.

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Mon Aug 02 2021
4

This album was interesting for several reasons. Nico's deep and untrained voice has a way of cutting through the often lush instrumentation that lends it an air of mystery and sadness. This is truly an enigmatic album, songs written by men sung by a woman who nobody really seemed to know. I was a bit tired of it by the end, but I believe this album deserves a few more listens.

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Wed Mar 03 2021
1

Absolute shit. Production is awful - guitars quiet and muddy with terrible tone. Would have been better without strings and flutes. Bad lyrics, worked into even worse melodies. Not as smart as it thinks it is. Ended up skipping through a lot as I couldn't take it any more. Pretentious wank.

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Thu Apr 22 2021
1

not a fan of her voice. I'm guessing this is held in high regard due to her Warhol / Velvet Underground association? First one in awhile I opened Spotify to see how much was left...

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Thu Aug 26 2021
1

Well friends, that was painful. Vocals are flat, monotone and boring. Some of the instrumentals would have been good as background music, but then Nico starts singing again. And what was that noise about 2/3 of the way through "It Was A Pleasure Then"? I've tried to avoid giving out 1's as a rule, but I think this one deserves it.

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Fri Apr 02 2021
5

Great album. Love her voice and the instrumentation is beautiful. Like getting a Velvet Underground record with just Nico vocals!

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Mon Dec 05 2022
5

The instrumentation is lovely and Nico's vocals sound raw and authentic. No autotune here. Deliciously soothing.

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Wed Mar 10 2021
3

I love Lou Reed and the Velvet Underground so much that I have an automatic soft spot for Nico, but I'm not sure it quite carries a full album for me. I kind of liked the flutey compositions that I take it she hated. Sort of interested to hear some of the later stuff she had more control on.

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Thu Oct 14 2021
2

Needs an injection of The Velvet Underground. It's nice, but a bit boring. The kind of thing Iris Law listens to on the tube I'd imagine. 🦢 Chelsea rent girl, Chelsea rent girl, whoooaaa whooooaaa

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Fri May 28 2021
1

Did not connect with any of that.

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Wed Jan 27 2021
1

🤮🤢😷☠️💩💩💩💩

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Wed Feb 24 2021
1

It is rare that I can't make it through a full album even it's not my thing. Nico's voice makes me want to cut my ears off.

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Wed Feb 10 2021
1

Just Painful, it was difficult to finish this album.

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Sun Feb 21 2021
1

This was horrible. Not my genre, awful voice, weird sounding pieces in between. Never again please.

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Thu Dec 02 2021
1

It's so bad that even Nico herself refuses to listen to it. Wondering if this album was included in the 1001 as an example of good intentions gone horribly wrong?

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Wed Sep 28 2022
4

strangely haunting and beautiful music. Her voice is unique and I am sure the style was fresh when this was released in 1967. 4/5

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Sun Oct 23 2022
4

Enjoyed it, but still not fully on board with Nico's vocals.

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Mon Jan 02 2023
4

The story behind the production makes better than total sense when you hear it, that's for certain. But somehow the disjoint circles all the way around and brings Chelsea Girl together somehow. Irreverently, this makes me think of the Shaggs or Björk forced to work with certain session musicians. More than a touch of odd, here.

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Thu Aug 03 2023
4

The other members of VU help Nico with her own debut, and it's full of beautiful folk tunes with lush classical arrangements, sorrowful retrospective lyrics, and a deep emotional voice. It's dreamy and entrancing with the mesmerizing guitars and bright bursts of flutes and Caleb's viola. We starts with a few emotional pop tracks. Then we reach the avant-garde dissonant "It Was a Pleasure Then" which I actually like, especially Nick's angelic vocals. It's a homage to the VU's debut. Following that is my favorite (after "These Days"), a 7.5 minute depressing story about the lives of her fellow acolytes of Warhol. Great chorus, and the flutes and viola work best here. Next two tracks are vibrant and happy. "Wrap Your Troubles in Dreams" is mythical. I really like the harp instrument. Flute is excessive here. "Eulogy to Lenny Bruce" is a minimalist finale, probably what Nico wanted for the rest of the tracks, but it is a bit dull and forgettable. Nico wasn't a fan of this album cause the studio replaced the drums and extra guitars for flutes. I'm curious what it'd sound like with percussion, but I think the lack of it adds a mythical sound to it. The flutes do feel over-the-top and take the spotlight too much, feeling unnecessary at times. But there are moments where I felt the flutes do work in her favor. Finally, the production is dated, with bad studio mixing, which makes for a dumb speaker situation. But if you're high and put on headphones or set up your room just right, it could make for an immersive experience. I really like most tracks, with a good variety and each standing out. I could definitely see how they could improve though. Very curious to hear more like this.

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Wed Apr 07 2021
3

This was going to be 2 stars, but I recognized that some of these songs have been in Wes Anderson movies. Giving them some context, and associating them with a time and place really allowed me to appreciate these songs more. They are certainly 'of an era'. They're the kind of thing you'd put on when someone broke up with you, or if you were having a very specifically-themed party.

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Sun Jan 09 2022
3

Et bien moi j'ai beaucoup apprecié cet album, et d'ailleurs j'en profite pour dire à rob que je l'emmerde.

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Thu Sep 14 2023
3

I like the music well enough, a kind of low-key folk rock with some pleasing baroque flourishes. The songs are pretty great. 'These Days', 'It Was a Pleasure Then' and 'Eulogy to Lenny Bruce' stand out in particular as moving, eery numbers. Let's face facts, it's Nico's voice that will divide audiences. I found it winningly and affectedly unmusical about a quarter of the time, utterly bemusing for the rest. It's got character, it is instantly recognisable and occasionally it meets the music at such an angle that it becomes a thing of oblique beauty. Not very often, though.

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Fri May 14 2021
1

Fucking horrible. I turned it off after 20 minutes cause it was too boring. These Days is still a jam tho

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Fri Oct 22 2021
1

Oof. I hated this. Some pretty instrumentation on some songs, but not all, and her voice was terrible. Songs were also slow and sad. Not a fan. Song I didn’t hate as much: “Somewhere There’s a Feather.”

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Thu Dec 02 2021
1

Like being punched in the head by the sound of boredom.

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Thu Feb 10 2022
1

Did one track feature Kurt Zouma and his cat?

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Mon Jan 15 2024
1

Perfect? No. Good? No. Mediocore? No. Bad? No. Garbage? Yes.

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Wed Dec 27 2023
5

It might feel a little underwhelming, even jagged in places, but I love the simplicity. Being very familiar with The Velvet Underground & Nico, I had not heard this but I'm glad I finally did. It feels as though this album will grow with the listener over time.

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Wed Jan 03 2024
5

I liked this a lot, five stars.

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Wed Dec 22 2021
4

8/10. What if Leonard Cohen was a girl?

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Mon Jan 03 2022
4

Look, I like violins as much as the next person--maybe even more--but damn these overdubs (like they're trying to make every song sound like "Eleanor Motherfucking Rigby"). They're so tacked on, not matching Nico's voice at all, which sounds like she's pulling her jaw back into her throat. And then just listen to "Winter Song": the power is right there in the (rather frightening) lyrics. We don't need a flute to tell us "this is a pastoral song, in case you couldn't figure it out". RYM ranks "It Was a Pleasure Then" as the worst track on the album, but I think it's the best because it's not got those damn overdubs. Everything is more real--the music, the vocals. It's pretty VU at its heart, too, what with the short bursts of howling feedback and the minimalist experimental vibe threatening to explode into a welcome cacophony that never comes. Nope. Bring the flautist and string quartet back in. Break's over!

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Thu Sep 14 2023
4

The sad songs are so good here and the one-two punch in the opening would be impossible for almost any artist to maintain. Such is the case here as the wheels kind of fell off for me with the song "It Was a Pleasure Then," but then I do feel like the album recovers pretty well and finishes strong with the Lenny Bruce eulogy. Great sounding record across the board though! Love the guitar sounds. Random comparison: this album made me think about Jeremy Enigk's "Return of the Frog Queen." Sort of a spin on acoustic/folk music, with a strange voice people either love or hate, and orchestration runs through most of it. Probably shouldn't work, but it does somehow. I dig it.

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Thu Sep 21 2023
4

Good chamber folk/baroque pop album with hints of avantgarde. Nico's voice (and strong German accent) is very distinctive, instantly recognisable which may not be the cup of tea for many people but undoubtely it brings a lot of character to these songs. I like the arrangements on this album, though the production wasn't that great. Overall it must've been a fresh and different album when it came out in 1967. 3.5/5.

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Tue Sep 26 2023
4

good. dreamy, reminds me of belle and sebastian.

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Thu Sep 28 2023
4

LOVE LOVE LOVE NICO! she’s an icon. i want to live like her

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Sat Sep 30 2023
4

Really beautiful. Some of the Nico albums are hidden gems, and this is no exception. It's more folky than her second one which I listened to last year and enjoyed. Probably largely down to the flutes which I understand she hated but I don't mind here. Her voice is somewhat jarring against the backdrop and not typically folky at all, but that's part of what makes it interesting. I did prefer the more Avant Garde offerings of the Marble Index, and oddly was a bit put off by the one here that leaned slightly in that direction (it was a pleasure then).

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Thu Jan 11 2024
4

People may not comprehend that certain voices like that of Robert Plant or Brian Johnson, are excruciating to me and yet the gurgling drain that is Nico is far more palatable. Yes, there are conflicts. It would be treacherous to disrespect the person I was named after. She was one of my folks’ first musical loves, and I was taken to one of her gigs when I was but a wee nipper. She’s been in my musical consciousness since before I was born, so my heart is very firmly in her camp. Even though I prefer her album, The End, this is is quirky and wacky and completely lovely. Chelsea Girls is a classic.

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Fri Feb 02 2024
4

One of the great essential truths of rock music, in my mind, is that you don’t have to be a well-trained, professional musician to make a great and interesting record. Ambition can outweigh ability and it shouldn’t be considered detrimental to the music you create. Chelsea Girls is singular and unique, experimental but ultimately not overly formidable. Sadly, this record seems to have been produced with Nico’s input cast aside and ignored, which is truly unfortunate and one has to wonder what it may have sounded like if she had had her way.

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Sat Sep 30 2023
3

She has a lovely voice, interesting subject matter, and occasionally cool arrangements. But it does plod at a fairly droney tempo unfortunately. A good album, but more as a piece of context for a brilliant one.

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Fri Oct 13 2023
3

My ears yearned so badly for at least a little vibrato. Hauntingly wonderful tunes.

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Wed Mar 27 2024
3

Nico often gets some slack for not really being able to sing, which I think is unfair as Lou Reed couldn’t really sing either. Anyway, this is a pretty strong if repetitive collection of songs with amazing orchestration, with the solemnly longing These Days being a clear standout

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Fri Mar 29 2024
3

By turns, both exquisite and exasperating. Rated highly for "These Days" and the other Jackson Browne-y contributions; rated 'interesting' for the VU-adjacent stuff, which have their moments. "Ugh, this is boring and she sings so badly off key" - actual quote from a teenager whose favorite artist is Doja Cat. I worry for the youth of today

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Wed Oct 20 2021
2

Honestly just... dull. The arrangements were okay, even interesting sometimes. The songwriting was passable. But man, Nico herself just does absolutely nothing for me. She was bearable on that Velvet Underground record, but here she has nothing to support her. Also, apparently she is super duper racist, so I am glad I didn't care for her music lol.

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Thu Nov 18 2021
2

First Listen. At first, I didn't like it much. But, as the day went on I started enjoying it more and more. This is definitely different than what I was expecting. I like her when she sang with the Velvet Underground - and that was what I was expecting. This album definitely sound like the 1967, flower-power, peace-and-love scene, and I thought she would have more of that Berlin rock sound. After getting used to the sound, I started liking it more and found myself singing along a couple of times. I'll give it a strong 2/5 for now. It might be a 3/5 next time I hear it.

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Fri Mar 05 2021
1

lo peor que he oído en mi vida

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Wed Feb 03 2021
1

J'aurais envie d'écrire une joke, mais l'album me laisse tellement indifférent que j'ai rien de drôle à dire. SKIPPPPP

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Thu Feb 04 2021
1

She tires me pretty soon. Nice instrumentation though.

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Fri Mar 12 2021
1

nope. Sound like someone is singing in the kitchen to themselves, kind of amateur

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Wed Mar 03 2021
1

Dreary, one-note. The only reason it’s not forgettable is because of how annoying Nico’s voice is over 10 songs.

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Mon Jun 21 2021
1

An album that really hits all the notes on boring music from the sixties. An album that drags on for an eternity that has absolutely nothing to say.

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Sun Jul 25 2021
1

I think this algorithm is fucking with me. They gave me this after I went about panning Velvet Underground. This is a slight improvement altho the German accent makes it seem almost satirical. Getting some nice Beatles vibes off the melodies and chord progressions but generally I found it a painful process trying to just get thru it. Had to listen to it one song at a time with breaks in between.

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Wed Aug 18 2021
1

Awful. Sounded like Joni Mitchel, if she were terrible.

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Thu Dec 02 2021
1

She sounds bunged up and posh. I sound bunged up and posh sometimes too, but I'm not sure it's something to aspire to.

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Thu Feb 10 2022
1

Nico has talent... if talent is defined as an ability to sing every other note flat. Awful to listen to.

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Mon Feb 28 2022
1

It was a folk album. I did not care for Velvet Underground and I did not care this album even though it is a solo album. Lyrically unnoteworthy. Nothing about it was good. I ending up skipping through some of the songs because I just wanted it to end.

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Mon Feb 28 2022
1

Manages boredom and irritation. "It was a pleasure then" is a collection of cacophony. Did those great songwriters (Dylan, Jackson, Hardin) write bad songs, or did she wreck them? After listening to some other versions, the answer is that Nico can't sing

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Wed Nov 23 2022
1

Just how old is Jackson Browne? Was he signed by Columbia when he was 4? How is it that These Days pops up on an album made in 1967, about 6 years before he recorded it? This odd record has so many cultural intersections, The Velvets and Jackson writing most of the songs and poor Tom Wilson having to do the impossible and "produce" this. To think he went from Highway 61 Revisited to Nico. Andy Warhol wreaked havoc on popular culture, and for Nico alone he stands condemned. If the climate change activists really want to make their case they should throw Campbell's soup over his Campbell's Soup paintings and then stick Nico album covers all over the soup, what a fitting finale that would be. Nico, dead on arrival. She'd be the Schrodinger's Cat of popular music, except Andy opened the box. Imagine wandering into a New York coffeehouse and sitting down to Nico in 1967, what price a cup of joe? The Wikipedia notes on this are hilarious, that she cried because Tom put strings and a flute on this record and denied her drums. I can't begin to contemplate what he was trying to do to cover up her appalling drone. There are some fine arrangements here in a desperate search for someone who can actually sing. I will never forgive her for the rendition of These Days (ditto I'll Keep it with Mine). I had to immediately play Glen Campbell's (oh aye, there's a Campbell's theme here) brilliant 2008 version, where, with the onset of Alzheimer's looming large, he so perfectly captured the pain of a four year old Jackson Browne lamenting day of yore. Nico needs to be deleted, thrown into the dustbin of history.

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Wed Nov 23 2022
1

The blueprint for this album was laid out by Nico's performance on 'Femme Fatale' off of the Velvet's banana album; a lush and gorgeous instrumental that had all the life sucked out of it by her drowsy and uninteresting vocals. On Chelsea Girl, that same process is repeated 10 times in what is a 45 minute snooze-fest that perfectly encapsulates Nico's mediocrity as an artist. It is utterly remarkable how many listeners gloss over just how tone deaf Nico truly is. Each track sounds like she recorded the vocals before even hearing any instrumentals. Her vocal range and register are as wallpaper and monotone as one could imagine, yet this album has been lauded by critics as a timeless masterpiece. Not only did this album fail to push any boundaries, it hardly got out of centre field. The only redeemable quality going for this record are its arrangements and production. For the 10 to 15 seconds before Nico's voice puts me to sleep, the instrumentals are whimsical and pleasant on the ears, with the clear intention for a strong vocalist to realise the potential of each song. Nico squanders that potential time and time again, that said it would've made for some nice lobby music as an instrumental album. Nico was essentially handed these beautiful instrumentals on a silver platter, to which she adds absolutely nothing of note. In the same year as the Beach Boys release Pet Sounds; an album filled with diverse arrangements, ingenious songwriting and adventurous vocal melodies, it is one of the great mysteries as to how this album has remained relevant over half a century later.

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Sat Jul 15 2023
1

No. Please God no. Nooooooooooo! Awful

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Fri Oct 27 2023
1

6 Based on this scale: 1 - 0 to 19 2 - 20 to 39 3 - 40 to 59 4 - 60 to 79 5 - 80 to 100 This is bad. The only thing that made this not get a 0 overall was the instrumentation. The vocals were terrible. Absolute waste of time and this is only an album you should hear before you die if you've been convicted of crimes against humanity and must be punished accordingly.

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Thu Feb 04 2021
5

such an easy listen. very nice.

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Fri May 14 2021
5

Šta reći o ovom albumu osim da je blizu savršenstva? Zvuči jednostavno, ali je ovaj album mi puno znači i definitivno mi je top 5 albuma koje si moram, al moram pustiti kada dođe jesensko vrijeme. Zanemarivši njen privatni život, bila je vrsna umjetnica. Dakle ovo je album koji mi je jako blizu čiste petice, i zato vjerujem da će dobiti peticu jer ono, 90% albuma je odličan. Odlične stvari na ovom albumu od 10 pjesama: "The Fairest of the Seasons, These Days, Little Sister, Winter Song, Chelsea Girls, I'll Keep It With Mine (mislim da je ovo cover od gospodina Dylana koji je oooodlično izvršen), Wrap Your Troubles in Dreams, Somewhere There's a Feather, a pjesme poput It Was a Pleasure Then i Eulogy to Lenny Bruce su groweri, i dobre stvari, ali ako već moram neke slabije malo izabrati, to bi bile te.

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Wed May 19 2021
5

Nico's vocals are absolutely splendid! This album is so gorgeous, I could listen to it 100 times over.

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Wed Sep 22 2021
5

Uniquely beautiful, occasionally disturbing

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Sun Jul 03 2022
5

I listened to this a LOT in the early 2000s, it was one of my friends favourites - so I'm really familiar with it, it's lovely to hear it again. beautiful guitars, lovely wistful production and an unmistakable voice.

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Fri Oct 28 2022
5

Could not have listened to this on a more perfect day

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Tue Apr 19 2022
5

Vitonen, koska haluaisin olla Nico. Levy on haikea, tyylikäs, nostalginen, ja kyllä, vähän tylsä - mutta sen on tarkoituskin olla, eli tässä tapauksesssa tylsyys on vain plussaa. Kuvastaa jotain yleistä inhimillistä apatian kokemusta.

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Tue Oct 17 2023
5

I knew Nico was quite the tortured soul, but it's through this app that I've learned that she allegedly indulged in racist tirades in private sometimes (and probably even did worse than that at one point!). It's a damn shame, because I have always loved her voice, whether with the Velvet Underground or without. But I understand why some folks would rate her one star because of that. Call that karmic balance. That said, I'm not gonna deny the pleasure I've had listening to Nico's voice for years, even though said pleasure is tinted now. Because that would make me a hypocrite. Few artists can sing out of tune, and in such an idiosyncratic way, while actually *adding* to the songs, and not ruining them. People complaining about her performances in this section should learn that good art doesn't necessarily mean perfection. Frailty and flaws can actually provide a lot of precious emotions to a certain subset of listeners. And dismissing that mere fact as "pretentious snobbery" is quite a paradoxical stance. Snobbery usually pays attention to what's perfect and pristine. And *Chelsea Girl* can't be judged by the usual standards anyway. That's where its peculiar quaint charms lie for some. Also, I can't help but notice that the vast majority of reviewers who gave this album one star never finished this project anyway. A lot of them used quite hateful words to boot--and, karmic balance or not, those accusations had nothing to do with Nico's intermitent racism in the first place. So, in this case, why all the hate? Well, it seems to me that this app was probably a bit of an ordeal for those casual listeners. Because, yeah, the 1001 album app routinely takes you out of your comfort zone. And unfortunately, you have close-minded individuals everywhere, both in the so-called "plebe" and in the elite. That's life. If you keep the debate in purely artistic terms, who are the close-minded, elitist reviewers, really? To be perfectly fair, and if it amounts to be accused of being an "elitist' whatever album by Nico you choose for such a list, I would rather have the 1001 albums book choosing *The Marble Index* and *Desertshore* instead of *Chelsea Girl* while I'm at it. Obviously, that would test the limits of those close-minded listeners even further--those two LPs are such *striking* records, far more personal than *Chelsea Girl*, but also more *prophetic*. Like, Nico was the *OG* in those two seminal LPs, the "Original Goth". A missing link between the first "medieval" meaning of the word and its post-punk reenactment a decade later. And this makes her one-of-a-kind as well, as "difficult" as her persona was. To be clear, I'm not saying that you should "separate the person from the artist" here. You just can't. It's just that sometimes, there's a grey area, especially with relevant performers with a history of mental disorders, and especially when those performers passed away some time ago. I can't listen to Kanye West these days, for instance, it's too much, and probably too soon after the unforgivable horrific words he has repeatedly uttered in public for too long now. But denying the man's impact on popular music in the last twenty years would be nonsensical. Hell, NO, I'm not condoning the dreadful things Ye said, even under the pretext of his supposed mental imbalance. But I'm also stating the facts: if Kanye had never had the impact he has had before, far less people would have noticed the dumb, dangerous "concepts" that spurt forth from his foamy mouth later on. Which means that the man's past artistic accomplishments are part of the sad equation, whether you like it or not. Nico's impact on popular culture as a creator and a perfomer was far more limited than Kanye, in comparison. But it's there. It's undeniable for people with some knowledge of 20th century music history--so-called "elitism" be damned. You can't "unknow" what you know. As a consequence, I"m still giving 5 stars for what this album is, that is to say an incredibly original recording, either for the times it was released or for now--and one that ties in with later important developments for both the artist and for "modern" music in general. That being said, it's highly probable that I won't include *Chelsea Girls* in my own list of "essential albums", in spite of that 5-star grading (a very rare exception to the way I use that rating to select my albums). My grade just represents my personal assessments of this record's merits. It won't change its low "global score" a bit anyway. But more importantly, it's important to undertand that I don't want to force my personal assessment on individuals shocked by some of the things found online about Nico. I respect such individuals' sensibility too much for that. And of course, I'm not gonna die on a hill that no one should ever fight for. Ever. Even if Nico's problematic words and acts were not "public", it seems that most witnesses are clear about what they heard or saw. And music, mental heath issues and possible traumatic experiences aside, those reported events make Christa Pāffgen look like quite a despicable figure. Number of albums left to review: 400 Number of albums from the list I find relevant enough to be mandatory listens: 271 Albums from the list might* include in mine later on: 144 (including this one) Albums from the list I won't include in mine (many others are more essential to me): 186

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Fri Jan 19 2024
5

Thin soundtrack to a Sunday at a museum.

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Wed Mar 06 2024
5

so unbelievably good Nico is such a one-of-a-kind artist - 10/10

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Wed Apr 24 2024
5

I've been properly obsessed with "These Days" since I first heard it in The Royal Tenenbaums years and years ago. Just remembered, too, that Drake (yes, that Drake) released a cover of "These Days," thought I dreamed that for a second. Anyway, I love Nico. I only know her for that track and her work with the Velvet Underground, but she's got this great spooky '60s voice that's just unmistakeable. She sounds like a ghost or something, she'd fit right in in Night Gallery (doesn't hurt that she looks a bit like frequent star Joanna Pettet). But I don't know what else to say, I'm totally on board with her frequency. I think some people hate her, I guess that comes with being singular. I had this explanation prepared about how it was just shy of five stars but maybe would grow on me more with time, but then I listened a second time and it was already growing on me, and that's from a place of loving it already. This one's a tenner. Favorite tracks: These Days, The Fairest of the Seasons, It Was a Pleasure Then, Chelsea Girls, I'll Keep It With Mine, Wrap Your Troubles in Dreams. Album art: Fits right in with my theory that she's a ghost. Huddled in the corner, haunted by her own visage. This is an iconic cover for sure. 5/5

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Fri May 10 2024
5

Melancholic and beautiful to its core. I rarely cry to any song, but this whole album wells up my eyes between Nico's voice and the instrumentation. I really love the more experimental side of the instrumentation.

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Fri May 10 2024
5

Really, really atmospheric and beautiful songs. I love her voice.

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Sun May 12 2024
5

4.5 - Loved this album, the music accompanied Nico's voice perfectly and I found it really unique. Only ever heard These Days and was happy that most of the album was more of that. Will definitely go into my rotation

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