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Chelsea Girl

Nico

1967

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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Rating

2.62

Votes

4602

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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Sun May 16 2021
5

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

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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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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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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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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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Wed Mar 03 2021
1

Fuck off flute

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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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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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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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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 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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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 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 Dec 22 2021
4

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

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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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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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Sun Mar 14 2021
1

fuck off nazi cunt

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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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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 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 Jan 29 2021
1

Nope

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Wed Feb 03 2021
1

pas inéressé

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Wed Jan 27 2021
1

Not my kind of music

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Thu Feb 04 2021
1

She tires me pretty soon. Nice instrumentation though.

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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 Mar 12 2021
1

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

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Wed Feb 03 2021
1

Oufff. No thank you

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Wed Mar 03 2021
1

Headache machine

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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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Thu Feb 25 2021
1

Moany and repetitive

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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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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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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 Sep 02 2021
1

Bottom of the list fire me

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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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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 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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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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Wed Nov 23 2022
1

Bloody racket

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Fri Jan 22 2021

meh, a forgettable album

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Fri Feb 05 2021
5

Melancholic, Orchestra,

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Thu Feb 18 2021
5

C’est cool!

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Thu Feb 04 2021
5

such an easy listen. very nice.

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Sun May 16 2021
5

4.7 + Love.

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Sun Feb 21 2021
5

🦇

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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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Sun Nov 22 2020
4

Closer to a 3.7

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Thu Feb 04 2021
4

Petée bien raide la Nico

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Mon Apr 26 2021
4

Chelsea Girls is an album that shows it's beauty in a subtle way. It captures the intimacy of somebody playing music for you (and you specifically) in a small room. This Aussie gives it four bags of Freddo Frogs out of five.

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Mon Apr 26 2021
4

wtf i listened to this on my own before it was recommended

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Wed Jun 09 2021
4

Like

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Wed Jun 09 2021
4

Very interesting vibe!

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Fri Feb 26 2021
4

Nice. Liked: These Days

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Fri May 14 2021
4

Ja Nico i više niko

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Fri May 14 2021
4

She’s got a unique voice, and the strings pair really well with it. A little like Joanna Newsom. Second half of the album didn’t do much for me though

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Fri Jul 09 2021
4

hey Nico say clown! jk but this album is very pwetty

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Fri Aug 27 2021
4

Eigenlijk best leuk

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Mon Aug 30 2021
4

I'm kind of a sucker for anything related to sixties counterculture/New York/Warhol/Greenwich Village. This isn't up to the standards of the debut Velvet Underground album, but it's interesting and never dull. I can see why Nico wasn't happy with the production. In some songs the strings and flutes add a nice feel, but the album could use some drums as well. 4 stars.

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Wed Sep 22 2021
4

Very sparse but beautiful.

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Wed Sep 22 2021
4

Vackra tjunes

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Sun Oct 31 2021
4

Psycho folk. Non perfect vocals

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Fri Nov 12 2021
4

Great voice, a bit eccentric

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Fri Dec 03 2021
4

Interesting album. Chelsea girls is a banger

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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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Wed Feb 02 2022
4

Very sparse, very pretty.

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Thu Feb 10 2022
4

Yet another incredible Chelsea performance

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Mon Feb 21 2022
4

Beautiful music, probably wouldn't re listen often

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Mon Mar 07 2022
4

Have not listened to much of her solo stuff. What stands out is her haunting voice, it adds a mystical quality to the music. Unfortunately the same voice that charms me, grates on me before the end of the album.

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Mon Mar 14 2022
4

This album is a total mood, and I quite enjoyed it. It has a couple of songs on it that I listen to frequently, but this is the first time I heard it all the way through. Had I known it was a part baroque folk, part stealth Velvet Underground album, I would have gotten around to it sooner. I see why Nico disapproved of the string and flute overdubs, because the arrangements aren't particularly well timed to her vocals. I quite agree when it comes to the flute, which is superfluous and doesn't really add anything to the album. I do think the strings in particular are suited to Nico's voice though. John Cale's viola, as always, is a gift. The rambling, noisy distortions of "It Was a Pleasure Then" were jarring, but actually really welcome. That song really cuts through the softer aspect of some of the other songs and it perfectly showcases the great musical chemistry of Reed-Cale-Morrison. "These Days" and "I'll Keep It With Mine" are pure perfection. Fave Songs: These Days, I'll Keep It With Mine, The Fairest of the Seasons, Somewhere There's a Feather, It Was a Pleasure Then

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Wed Mar 30 2022
4

pangalbum

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Thu Apr 21 2022
4

Interesting, but I don't feel it adds much to her output with The Velvet Underground.

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Fri Apr 29 2022
4

Lovely voice - lovely songs - it’s very side A heavy - the most obviously beautiful songs lie there - it just had a little distribution problem - the sunnier songs are early and gets progressively darker so it feels like it tapers off towards the end. But all in all a wonderful record.

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Wed May 04 2022
4

Nico is like wrapping yourself in a warm blanket on a brisk morning while having a cup of tea.

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Mon May 30 2022
4

4.5/5 Quite the interesting and unique singer-songwriter album of the time. I can see how it influenced Bjork and Siouxsie + extra TVU vibes 👍

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Tue Aug 16 2022
4

This was really good & atmospheric.

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Mon Sep 19 2022
4

Absolute Classic. Beautiful instrumentation and Nico's sonorous voice is such a good combo.

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Fri Sep 23 2022
4

Sounds amazing at first but after a while it kinda blends together. Still great tho

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Mon Sep 26 2022
4

Royal Tenenbaums song

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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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Fri Nov 04 2022
4

So all the hipsters and metalheads aren't into the 60's vibe? Never mind. This is an oddity and fits into the Velvet Underground/Warhol scene with contributions from a number of them. It's true the production and arrangements are pretty insipid though- it would have been good to hear what Nico's idea for drums and guitars would have been like?

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Fri Nov 18 2022
4

Yassssss

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Tue Oct 06 2020
3

okay. bit oldish. but nice n acoustic

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Fri Sep 25 2020
3

Is good but not for me

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Thu Feb 18 2021
3

This is my first time listening to this record and I liked it. Any album that has songs written by Jackson Browne on it is most likely to be good.

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Mon May 10 2021
3

Not bad. Folksy.

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Mon Apr 26 2021
3

I feel like this is a really well-put together album, and I especially liked "Chelsea Girls", and "These Days", but I don't think I'd seek it out to listen to it again.

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Wed Feb 10 2021
3

Not bad at all. Too many flutes. Shame about the addiction and racism.

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Sun Feb 14 2021
3

Quaint

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Thu Jul 01 2021
3

deep lady voice, from Velvet Underground

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Thu Jun 10 2021
3

This really wasn't a bad album. Mellow but not too folksy.

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Fri Apr 30 2021
3

The voice is an acquired taste. Some really beautiful songs on here.

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Wed Feb 10 2021
3

What a shame she turned out to be a racist and also fucking hated this album. And also that you lot hated it. I have been enjoying Nico for years and this experience has somewhat spoiled it. I maintain however, there are great songs on this album.

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Thu Feb 04 2021
3

Did Chelsea heard it at least? Is she still doing the 1001 album challenge with us?

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Wed Mar 24 2021
3

"And if I seem to be afraid To live the life that I have made in song It's just that I've been losing so long" (These days) "The river shall flow through hollow green faces Of caricature's resentment etched out of the tongues. Both reluctant princess asleep before birth The classical sensitive failures. The worshipping wicked cling to the dark of your heart Lying there and wait with your angels Moan and ravish from dawn to dusk The avaricious young lovers." (Winter song) "I can't help it if you might think I am odd If I say I'm not loving you for what you are But for what you're not." (I'll keep it with me) Menos mal que nadie me pidió que adivinase el género de este disco antes de escucharlo, porque "juglaresa mística folklórica" ni siquiera habría estado en la lista.

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Wed Feb 10 2021
3

I found it difficult to connect to this album at points. It made me feel mornfull and reflective though, which I think is the idea. I thought I didn't like 'Eulogy to Lenny Bruce' then right near the end I suddenly liked something about it. I think it's maybe the thing about his mother, I dunno.

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Fri Jun 18 2021
3

Lots of good stuff, one song sampled by DangerDoom

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Thu Jul 01 2021
3

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Wed Mar 24 2021
3

Very sad. Her voice sets the mood. I don't even know what any of the lyrics are, just sounds sad.

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Mon Jul 12 2021
3

Gut klug und künstlerisch

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Thu May 20 2021
3

Started off not liking it and almost thought it was a joke. But by mid-way it started to catch on. I'll definitely give it another spin.

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Sun Jun 06 2021
3

nothing amazing, but pretty chill background music.

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Sun Jul 18 2021
3

Decent, just not really my type of music. Bit too slow, bit ethereal.

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Thu Aug 05 2021
3

3.5

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Wed Aug 18 2021
3

solid 3 stars. Not really my style but definitely worth a listen. Her voice is nice and the songwriting and instrumentation is interesting. Easy to listen to - reminds me of a relaxing summer afternoon. Also interesting is her connection to other artists and musicians in the late 60s - Jim Morrison, Velvet Underground and Warhol.

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Wed Aug 25 2021
3

Always want to like Nico coz she’s cool but I find the music quite grating

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Sat Oct 09 2021
3

Nico on tuttu nimi Velvet Undergroundin toisena laulajana, mutta tämä soolotuotanto osoittautui aika erityyliseksi. Levyn alku herätti mielenkiinnon heti ensisävelistä lähtien. Pääosin levy olikin oikein kiinnostava tuttavuus. It Was A Pleasure Then on valitettavasti muuten niin miellyttävän kokonaisuuden rikkova melusaastekappale. Positiivisesti mieleen jäi erityisesti Somewhere There's A Feather. Peruskolmonen.

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Sat Oct 09 2021
3

Okei taustamusaa siivoillessa, mutta en minä tätä asioikseni kuuntelisi. Jossain kohtaa tuli Beatlesit mieleen äänimaisemasta ja toisinaan oli aika folkahtavaakin menoa. Alakuloisia biisejä.

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Fri Oct 22 2021
3

Distinctive voice for sure, but a hard one to love. Certainly evocative and laid-back, but also too avant-garde for me.

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Thu Nov 04 2021
3

Not my favorite kind of music, but something different here, some interesting things.

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Wed Nov 17 2021
3

I will always associate Nico, and especially this album, with "The Royal Tenenbaums". And that's a good thing.

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Wed Nov 24 2021
3

Nico, perhaps best known for her collaboration with the Velvet Underground and Andy Warhol, went on to make some very sweet-sounding folk with a symphonic edge. Things take a left turn on It Was A Pleasure Then, with feedback from an electric guitar being used. Truthfully, the album never quite hits the same level of quality after the first two songs, but the overall product is a generally enjoyable listen.

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Wed Nov 24 2021
3

It's a sound and it's one of a kind and yeah

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Thu Dec 02 2021
3

Enjoyable enough

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Thu Dec 02 2021
3

I could read around this and the music of the era for days. But just listening to this purely for the music it's clear, crisp, and interesting: in small doses. The entire album in one sitting is tough - borderline dull.

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Wed Dec 22 2021
3

6/10 nice vocals but the arrangements were just super corny

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Wed Dec 29 2021
3

Appreciate the country and baroque bits (flute!) there but no drum, or say, no clear rhythm is a harm. Her voice has some premitive sense there, sounding like some old-aged chanting. Perhaps that's why the procucer made it towards the country folk spectrum.

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Mon Jan 24 2022
3

A album that stylistically might have been a bit ahead of its time but for today's standards lacks highlights and is rather boring

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Mon Jan 24 2022
3

A very interesting voice that sounds mystic and mysterious, which really captures you. The issue is that the songs can’t come to life with the production that plagues them. It’s limiting their ability to stand out and removes dynamics from the album’s experience.

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Wed Feb 09 2022
3

Classic.

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Wed Feb 09 2022
3

I have and will always love "These Days" it's fine

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Fri Feb 11 2022
3

3.5 for me , its good but a lot of the same, obviously the banana album is the king

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Fri Feb 11 2022
3

Rating: 6/10 Best songs: These days

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Sun Feb 20 2022
3

Was easy listening, but nothing special.

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Sun Mar 06 2022
3

I want to give it a 4/5, I really enjoy it, but by the end I am a little tired of her voice and tone. 3.5/5.

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Mon Mar 07 2022
3

Never listened to solo Nico, definitely think I prefer her stuff with The Velvet Underground. It's not bad. Interestingly on Wikipedia she says she can't listen to this album because they wouldn't do what she wanted, they made it more orchestral/flute-y which she apparently hates. I can see why.

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Mon Mar 07 2022
3

It worked for me until it got to "It Was A Pleasure Then." Had to skip that one. Definitely has some beautiful moments, but also has its share of painful ones. Wouldn't put on for my own pleasure but wouldn't leave the room if someone put this on. I know she didn't like the string arrangements but I honestly can't imagine it working without them - it'd be too spare. The flutes are a different story though - I feel like they are a bit too ornamental and out of place. Definitely uncool those arrangements were added without her permission, but it still ended up being a halfway decent album.

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Sun Mar 27 2022
3

God I already know I love "These Days" The first riff is awesome. Damn "Little Sister" is dull. The way she holds the tones for the full duration of the bar really grinds my gears. Ok when it really gets to it, this sounds really horrible. But a 3 for the cover. Maybe this really has to grow on you idk.

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Mon Mar 28 2022
3

It starts aiming for the stars but I think the rest of the record is an overstatement, I listened to it while cocking and was enjoying myself but then it went on and on with the same, “These Days” is worth all of it

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Sun Apr 03 2022
3

Nico was a fascinating mess of a person who would not fit with todays world. Don't share her views...she died in a sad and depressing manner...but...she was not right about one thing. That flute does not belong on this album. And if she had been able to get Maureen Tucker on drums for a couple of tracks this album might hold up more as a listening experience and less as a time piece. However, Chelsea Girls, Wrap Your Troubles in Dreams and These Days still end up on my list that listen and revisit some days.

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Wed Apr 20 2022
3

Nautin! Jotenkin hypnoottinen. Lähempänä kolmosta kun nelosta tosin. 3/5

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Wed Apr 20 2022
3

Did her accent have some sort of weird Cold War resonance with fans? She sounds flat most of the time. Ok in an ensemble but on her own? Monotonous.

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Fri May 13 2022
3

I love avant music and Nico's authenticity, but this was quite boring

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Fri May 20 2022
3

pretty with a couple classics

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Thu Jun 09 2022
3

8th June 2022 Listened while driving round Gloucestershire picking up Facebook marketplace purchases in the sunshine! Very original voice and clearly not interested in promotion judging by total lack of info on Spotify. Haunting and rising like the sun at the same time.

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Thu Jul 14 2022
3

The sound here is unique. Most of that is in her voice. Moody and dark. Plenty of strings, flutes, and organs that just hang thick in the air. This album has a humid, oppressing feel. I don't know that I remember happiness when listening but I do feel the earth beneath my feet.

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Thu Aug 11 2022
3

I went into this expecting to really dislike it as I didn't really enjoy Nico on the album with The Velvet Underground, but her voice grew on me a little bit throughout this album and the orchestral instrumentation was really pretty. Not many tracks stuck with me afterwards though and I was a bit bored by the end, so not sure if I'll want to revisit this in full.

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Wed Aug 24 2022
3

Sad. Not my thing

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Wed Aug 31 2022
3

Not a lot of variety but it's a nice listen

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Fri Sep 02 2022
3

Th unique voice of Nico. Highly distinctive. Probably not the best of her work

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Wed Sep 14 2022
3

Nico's contribution to the Velvet Underground's debut album was brief, yet effective with her haunting vocals and mysterious presence. Chelsea Girl allows her to expand her range somewhat more, though she is very limited vocally, but offers up some good songs. The sound is sparse and raw and at times the pace becomes boring, but if you take into consideration the time period and mood it's trying to create, she does a commendable job. It helps that she gets contribution from some of the VU members.

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Wed Oct 12 2022
3

Although having an uncanny voice for a female artist, Nico’s style is so fresh and has aged very well. I appreciate her singing for what it is, but I’m not really the biggest fan of it. Nonetheless, the production and instrumentation (which I absolutely adored throughout the album) somehow complements her voice really well. Love all the orchestral/classical sounds and instruments, and the melodies, harmonies, and progressions are beautiful. Unfortunately, I find myself bored sometimes. Favourite songs are: These Days (fav), Little Sister, Winter Song (fav), Chelsea Girls (fav), I’ll Keep It With Mine (fav) Somewhere There’s a Feather.

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Fri Oct 14 2022
3

It's such a singular sound that it limit the times and environments you would want to listen to it in.

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Wed Oct 19 2022
3

honestly can't tell if this is genius or extremely up its own butt. also apparently this lady was "nazi-esque" yeesh

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Fri Oct 21 2022
3

Very calm and ethereal

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Mon Oct 31 2022
3

This is the kind of album that really illustrates just how weird and fucked up the music world is, and definitely was in the 60s. 3/5

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Mon Oct 31 2022
3

Nicos smoky, deep, almost out of key is stellar. The light and baroque guitar and violins, neato. This isnt quite a 4, but it is an album you should listen to. Are you stuck in the whimsical woods? This album is too. Go get stuck suckers.

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Thu Nov 10 2022
3

Really liked a few of the songs, particularly These Days. Most of it was kinda middling to me though, I dunno. Might need another listen.

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Thu Nov 17 2022
3

It’s okay but not one of my favourites on here it drags for what it is 3/5.

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Fri Nov 18 2022
3

Nico and the who?

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Wed Nov 23 2022
3

I find this a strangely pretty album. Her voice is an acquired taste, and was easier to accept on the Banana album because it is only used sparingly. A-grade songwriting on this record, with Jackson Brown, Tim Hardin, Dylan and the Velvets. The only song that she co-wrote ("It was a pleasure then") foretells the harrowing dirges that filled her subsequent records. Compare this with The Marble Index from the following year, and this is sunshine and puppies gamboling in a field of daisies. I love this quote from Nico: "I still cannot listen to it, because everything I wanted for that record, they took it away. I asked for drums, they said no. I asked for more guitars, they said no. And I asked for simplicity, and they covered it in flutes! ... They added strings and – I didn't like them, but I could live with them. But the flute! The first time I heard the album, I cried and it was all because of the flute.". I quite like the guitar and string arrangements, but kind of agree about the flutes. But let's all thank the deities that she hadn't discovered the harmonium yet. I find this an oddly charming record, but inessential. It doesn't surprise me that two tracks (These days and The Fairest of days) appeared in The Royal Tennenbaums. This is a quintessential Wes Anderson choice; 1960s, sort of obscure, charming, but also kind of cold and off-putting.

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Wed Nov 23 2022
3

I love the fact that Nico hated this album, especially the use of flutes on so many tracks. Let’s face it, she was as much a singer as Marlene Dietrich, but it really didn’t matter. Her part in the VU/Warhol album was great, partly because she only appeared on a few tracks. This album is a different kettle of fish however. Where she got lucky was the material she was given to sing. Three Jackson Brownes, a Dylan, a Tim Hardin & the rest written by her VU bandmates. Highlights : I’ll Keep It With Mine & These Days (one of Browne’s greatest lyrics) & It Was A Pleasure Then, which reminds me so much of her live version of The End. I had not played this for years but so glad to hear it again.

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Thu Dec 10 2020
2

Not for me

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Thu Apr 08 2021
2

Not great

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Thu Jun 17 2021
2

60’er folk rock, god vokal, strygere, stille,

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Wed Sep 30 2020
2

Great music but not my type.

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Fri Sep 25 2020
2

Not my cuppa T

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Thu Feb 04 2021
2

Not bad.... but too repetitive for me. I like Chelsea Girls, but that's all. Not a big fan of the genre.

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Wed Feb 10 2021
2

A couple of good songs don’t make a good album.

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Sun Mar 07 2021
2

It was ok

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Fri Apr 30 2021
2

She couldn’t have gone up an octave? Had to skip some of the songs because I couldn’t stand her voice.

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Wed Jan 27 2021
2

Druids. Rivers. Flutes. Today, this music sounds like a joke. She is cute, she hung with VU, and like her voice so I’ll give it a 2

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Thu Feb 18 2021
2

Two stars, for the first two songs from the Royal Tenenbaums which I actually like. Her schtick got old real fast after that.

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Wed Feb 03 2021
2

Quand j’ai entendu la première chanson j’ai dit Ouff, impossible j’écoute cet album là au complet. Mais j’ai persévéré et finalement changer mon avis avec mon progrès entre les chansons. J’aime bien la guitare, les violons sans percussion . Par contre ce qui me ne me permet pas d’apprécier cet album là comme faut c’est les criss de flûtes et la colice de voix de pingouins !! Rajoute une voix plus grave d’un homme et enlève les flûtes enchantés et je suis convaincus que ça mérite un 3. Je l’évite; je vous ai parler des flûtes et de la voix !!?? La pochette est laide en asti aussi Je lévite these days, le violon à et la guitare très bien agencé, et même la voix est mieux sur cette track la, wrap your troubles on a dream

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Wed Feb 03 2021
2

Beautiful writing, lyrically and and musically. I find myself wishing it were someone like Stevie Nicks singing instead. Is that mean?

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Fri Feb 05 2021
2

Started off good then proceeded to get very repetitive and I got bored.

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Sun Feb 21 2021
2

De strijkers en fluit passen niet bij de donkere stem van Nico. Tegen het 4e nummer had ik al moeite met verder luisteren. Ook niet direct mijn genre.

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Sun Feb 21 2021
2

Gave up after 5 songs, to bland

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Mon Mar 22 2021
2

Not for me

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Mon Jul 12 2021
2

Muse nicht sein!

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Wed Mar 24 2021
2

Not my style, stopped at song 2 or 3

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Thu Jun 03 2021
2

Went in with low expectations thinking it would be Yokoesque, so was pleasantly surprised.

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Thu Jun 03 2021
2

Some music requires a completely flat emotionless delivery: gregorian chant for example, so perhaps she should have tried that. Apparently she was unhappy about having flute added to the production, but I bet the flautist was unhappier to have a mad german nihilist droning all over his lovely musings. Occasionally she lights upon suitable material - her versions of All Tomorrow's Parties and My Funny Valentine are both great, but this album is terrible. Music archeologists and Jackson Browne fans can find some interest in his early songwriting here, but this criminal version of These Days shouldn't have been allowed to go unpunished. Nico was culturally important because of those who she moved amongst and this album is similarly important because of its historical context and those involved with it, but on its own merits alone is utterly forgettable.

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Thu Apr 22 2021
2

Could have been a solid instrumental.

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Wed Apr 28 2021
2

Nope. I didn't like the music. I didn't like the quality of the vocals. The melodies as they are sung are uneventful and droning, to the point that the whole album feels sad and flat. I was unfamiliar with Nico, and the music. One listen seems like it was enough.

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Fri May 14 2021
2

Only good thing was "These Days"

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Fri Jun 18 2021
2

Qué voz más horrorosa.

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Thu Jul 01 2021
2

A lack of affect isn’t necessarily fatal for a vocalist — David Byrne built a hugely successful band around it — but this isn’t the right material for Ms. Pfaffgen.

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Thu Jul 01 2021
2

First impression - quite boring, but might re-listen later.

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Sun Jul 25 2021
2

She is not a great singer.

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Sun Jul 25 2021
2

Not...sure what this is, but it's not enjoyable. Atonal and folky, but not the good kind of folk.

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Fri Aug 20 2021
2

Proper rubbish

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