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Eli And The Thirteenth Confession

Laura Nyro

1968

Eli And The Thirteenth Confession

Album Summary

Eli and the Thirteenth Confession is the second album by New York City-born singer, songwriter, and pianist Laura Nyro, released in 1968.

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Rating

2.98

Votes

4723

Genres

  • Pop
  • Singer Songwriter
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Sat Apr 17 2021
5

Underrated, gorgeous, heartfelt gem. The vocals are lovely. Truly an underappreciated masterpiece.

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Sun Oct 17 2021
4

I have never heard of Laura Nyro before, so I'm quite excited to go on on an album knowing nothing. She's really good. Soul, jazz and experimentation all banging together. It's an album I won't be sure about until I've given it more listens. But it makes me want to listen to it more. I went back for a second listen. I think I'm going to buy this one off the back of this. I could end up regretting the score I give it, as I feel like this could end up being a five star album to me once I've lived in it for a bit. How had I missed her all my life? I know I Met Him On A Sunday. It's a tune! It's not on this album, it just came up after it ended!

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Mon Nov 23 2020
2

Standard 60s blue-eyed soul pop with an occasional dash of Gershwin-esque jazz and an extra helping of inane lyrics. Boring. Best track: Luckie

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Thu Feb 11 2021
2

Her voice keeps switching from annoying to beautiful

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Wed Jan 20 2021
5

Loads going on and all of it is great. Slow sad songs, uptempo fun stuff. Powerful voice.

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Wed Jun 02 2021
5

Really enjoyed this album. It was all over the place in a very good way. The band was on fire and the vocals were amazing. I appreciate the wide variety of sounds even within songs. A very interesting listen all around. Favorite tracks: “Lucky,” “Lu,” “Poverty Train,” and “Eli’s Comin’”

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Sun May 30 2021
5

This production fucking slaaaaaaaps. Songwriting is fantastic. Great rhythm. One of my favorites I've heard on here so far. Sounds timeless to me. Big influence for Todd Rundgren too.

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Thu Jun 17 2021
5

5/5 - surprisingly excellent

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Mon Jan 10 2022
5

I have listened to this album many times before. Several years ago I became a huge fan of The 5th Dimension’s version of “Sweet Blindness.” When I found out it was originally written and performed by Laura Nyro, I landed on this album and was surprised to also find “Eli’s Comin’” (which I knew from Three Dog Night) and “Stoned Soul Picnic” (another 5th Dimension hit). These songs drew me in and I fell in love with the album and Laura Nyro. I wish I was sitting in a cabaret somewhere sipping on a Gin Gimlet and enjoying a live performance of these incredible songs. Laura Nyro’s vocals are exhilarating. She creates elaborate song tapestries with varied and interesting textures, stories and dimensions. You never quite know where her songs might go or end up, but every one of them is peppered with delightful surprises. It’s such an amazing journey… I LOVE this album. If you haven’t heard Laura Nyro perform “Eli’s Comin’” then you haven’t really ever heard it, no matter how much of a Three Dog Night fan you might be. Besides the three songs mentioned previously, I’ll give a special call out to “Luckie”, “Lu”, “Poverty Train”, “Lonely Women”, “Emmie”, “Women’s Blues”, “Once It Was Alright Now (Farmer Joe)”, and “The Confession”. Looking at the previous list I feel a little silly. I could single out any song on this album as it is a phenomenal work (did I really leave out “Timer” and “December’s Boudoir”?!). The whole journey is a thrilling, beautiful adventure and I love every twist and turn. ELI AND THE THIRTEENTH CONFESSION is a masterpiece that up until now I have had to myself. Being able to share the Laura Nyro experience with my friends today makes the world a whole lot brighter!

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Sun Sep 11 2022
5

Wow! I went in with no expectations and came out with a deep appreciation.

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Fri Mar 26 2021
4

weirdly loving this, feels like 4 or a 5 started grating after a bit Once it was alright now slaps tho

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Thu Oct 01 2020
4

Great album could totally vibe to this

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Wed Aug 11 2021
4

I feel like I've been misled, I thought Laura Nyro was going to be some Laurel Canyon folkie; this was quite something else! Absolutely eccentric in both writing and execution, but exhilirating for all that. I found Nyro's policy of teeing off wildly and playing where it lay to be endearing, but can fully understand that it could be disorienting or frustrating for others. Quite what is this anyway? Mutant show tunes? Soul-jazz-kitchen sink pop?

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Fri May 28 2021
2

It's competently produced and her voice is fine, but the campy broadway-meets-60s-pop songwriting was not to my taste. When the horn section kicks in and it has hints of classic soul I tend to like it, other times it sounds like the schmaltzy Elton John records I tend to skip - there's more of the latter.

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Fri Jun 25 2021
2

Failed to leave an impression

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Wed Aug 11 2021
2

Man, I almost like this, but it's consistently pushing itself into show-tune territory and I just can't stand it. Like, I don't feel like she's brassy enough to pull off these big moments for me. I wish it was a smaller album, maybe? Like, a little more intimate, like what the album cover seems to suggest.

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Mon Nov 15 2021
5

10/10 such a fun album no complaints, just some really fun pop I should listen to at least one or two other albums from her

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Thu Dec 16 2021
5

Excellent album. Amazing how influential she was, and died so young. Such a tragedy. Fave track: stoned soul picnic.

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Thu Dec 30 2021
5

Laura Nyro is one of those names I know but completely missed out on her music - somehow. And to my own detriment. Quick review: if you're partial to early 70s complex singer/songwriter artists like Carole King, Elton John, Todd Rundgren ... you will love this. There's definitely a strong and immediate Carole King comparison to be made in songs like "Stoned Soul Picnic" both in voice and melody; it's a high compliment yet I find Nyro in parts to be more complex in her arrangements. For example - the amount of tempo changes within songs isn't quite jarring but it is eminently noticeable in a way that forces you to listen to these songs. Heck you could almost call it progressive 70s AM gold. Summing up -> I think I love every minute of this album. The mix is a very clear recording, the music a preponderance of major 7th chords amidst jazz+pop progressions, gorgeous harmony, dynamics, varying melodies constantly in motion, variety in songs... giddyup. 9/10 5 stars.

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Mon Jan 10 2022
5

This is incredible. I have heard of Laura Nyro but never listened. I always had the feeling for some reason that her music was somehow weird and would be a challenge to listen to. On the surface, it doesn't seem challenging at all --- I get a clear singer-songwriter pop vibe a la Carole King or Rickie Lee Jones --- and I can't figure out why she wasn't on the radio all the time when I was a kid. But, oh, yeah...melodies and rhythms and even styles change every couple of lines or so. She doesn't stay anywhere for very long...and I love it. My god, what a treasure.

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Fri Jan 28 2022
5

Amazing soul pop, great vocals

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Mon Feb 21 2022
5

Frábær plata. Verð að eignast. Greinilegur áhrifavaldur fjölda tónlistarfólks sem á eftir kom.

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Thu Mar 10 2022
5

Holy crap. This is already awesome right from the start. Yeah, I dig it.

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Fri Mar 18 2022
5

I had never listened to this before but I'm very glad I did. Her voice and the musical arrangements are superb. I could hear echoes of Motown and Atlantic soul on there too. This is an artist I'll be looking into more, and an album I shall certainly be playing again.

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Wed Mar 02 2022
5

upbeat - talented and made me feel happy. Unexpected gem

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Fri Apr 08 2022
5

Do you recall seeing the sun rise for the first time?

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Fri May 13 2022
5

Laura Nyro should have been as popular and adored as Linda Ronstadt. In a way, she was Linda Ronstadt before Linda Ronstadt, the biggest difference being that Laura wrote all of her own songs. Ironically enough, most of those songs became huge hits for other artists, especially The Fifth Dimension. Nyro was somewhat press shy - you can't find any old televised appearances of her anywhere. But my word, did she write some perfect pop songs. Unfortunately Nyro didn't live long enough to see the acclaim that eluded her in life, such as being elected to the Rock and Roll Hall Of Fame. But we still have the music, and all of those incredible songs. Laura Nyro knew that was ultimately all that mattered.

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Thu Jul 07 2022
5

Never heard of it, absolutely loved it. So weird and all over the place. Knocks Sade I to a cocked hat.

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Fri Sep 09 2022
5

Never even heard of Laura Nyro. I think that says enough about a male centered culture. This lead me to read a bit about her and listen more of her music. Interesting life and career. Great songs, very well played. If I'd listen to this record without knowing the year it was released, I'd think it's a new album, very contemporary. Great discovery.

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Wed Sep 14 2022
5

This is a cool singer songwriter bop of a record. Great and effortless access to her head voice. Lonely Women is a great track. All these tracks are tight and powerful!

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Fri Sep 23 2022
5

I didn't expect to like this album as much as I did, but I'm a sucker for piano. The songs blend together sometimes, but I still enjoy all of them. My favourite songs were Timer and Once It Was Alright Now (Farmer Joe).

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Wed Sep 28 2022
5

Awesome, totally new to me but very glad I listened. Somewhere between Nina Simone and Carol King with a Phil Spector vibe. Blending soul, jazz, blues into lovely accessible pop.

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Thu Oct 27 2022
5

Did not expect to like this but is was really good :)

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Fri Mar 05 2021
4

Great voice, great album.

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Thu Jan 28 2021
4

Beautiful and brilliant album! Loved it. Never heard of Laura Nyro before this and definitely going on my daily listening list.

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Wed Mar 03 2021
4

Good good not bad

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Thu Mar 11 2021
4

Can’t believe I never heard of her, had a Joni Mitchell vibe mixed with Sheena Easton, I really liked it.

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Fri Feb 12 2021
4

old school New York singer. She influenced Elton John. This album was in Rolling Stone's top 500 albums of all time (somewhere in mid-400s).

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Tue Jul 06 2021
4

A pleasant surprise of an album. Excellent singing by Nyro over an eclectic collection of sounds from diverse genres.

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Sat Jun 19 2021
4

Quite enjoyable. a bit long but i really liked it

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Wed Jun 02 2021
4

Solid album

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Fri Mar 05 2021
4

Pretty good pop album, with catchy songs

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Fri Jan 29 2021
4

Never heard of Laura Nyro, but 2.5 tracks in I think this is GREAT! What a voice! Excellent record. Catchy, toe tapping, range of styles. Really nice songs that her voice elevates.

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Wed Mar 03 2021
4

Beautiful vocals

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Sat Jun 05 2021
4

Right up my alley

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Wed Feb 03 2021
4

Very good! And so nice to have a woman on here, finally! This is vibey! And the album cover is nice.

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Wed Feb 17 2021
4

Quite liked this...

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Thu Jul 01 2021
4

Ok Laura, go off! I’ve never heard of Laura Nyro and was not expecting to like this as much as I do. What a great voice.

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Tue Apr 20 2021
4

Una voz envolvente, que hace disfrutar el álbum (casi) completo. Para deleitarse.

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Tue May 18 2021
4

Sounds like the link between Carole King and Joni Mitchell. Lovely voice, soul meets jazz and pop. His did I miss this all these years?

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Sun Apr 04 2021
4

Норм деваха исполняет

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Wed Mar 31 2021
4

So good! Retro math rock

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Mon May 24 2021
4

Love this album. 60 sounding, but very good.

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Wed May 12 2021
4

Beautiful voice, amazed that I never heard of her before.

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Wed May 26 2021
4

Powerful performances, incredible voice. A lot of clever gems hidden inside these recordings.

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Fri Jun 11 2021
4

N I C E

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Mon Aug 02 2021
4

I really liked this one a lot. Great vocals, the instrumentation is weird and super fits within the work. I added quite a few of the songs to one of my playlists.

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Fri Aug 06 2021
4

Anything from 1968 makes me wary, this little project seems to insult me more often than not with absolute garbage from this period, but this doesn't strike me immediately as folk rock or psychedelic shit, looks more like it'll be jazz. Cover gives me jazz vibes. Ok it's pretty jazzy, but also kinda like the Supremes as well? Songs are upbeat for the most part and catchy. She can sing, too. And wrote all the songs according to wiki!! I'm honestly surprised I've never heard of her before. This is a really nice surprise, and a welcome change from groaning as I slog my way through the day's album haha. An actual worthy entry for 1968, who'd a thunk it? Lost a bit of steam towards the end but still gonna give it 4/5.

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Sat Aug 28 2021
4

Cool

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Fri Oct 01 2021
4

Wasn't the worst.

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Sun Oct 03 2021
4

This is a style of music that has never quite done it for me, though somehow Joni Mitchell gets a pass for it with me. This one grew on me though as it went on. Still not really my thing but it's clearly hugely influential and objectively good.

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Wed Oct 13 2021
4

Very good.

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Fri Nov 05 2021
4

Great singer/songwriter vibe. She reminds me of Carole King. Songs like "Sweet Blindness" are very indicative of their time. Horns, tambourine, vocalized "ba ba ba bas," like classic Dylan. These songs are well produced. I like that she has something to say. She's definitely a budding activist and she uses her music to entertain but also inform. She's as confident as they come, willing to intimately feature her voice with minimal accompaniment, which is raw, bluesy, and beautiful. I had heard Eli's Comin' and I always attributed it to some 70s band (3 Dog Night?), but I guess it was Laura Nyro. Good song! Stoned Soul Picnic is awesome! I am a Laura Nyro fan - she's an inspiration and a talent.

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Wed Nov 17 2021
4

For a stretch - the first three songs, say - I felt that this was pleasant jazz-pop, but nothing to write home about. Sure, there are gestures at character, but the effect is that of one color of paint. But the rest of Eli convinced me that the paint was higher quality and the technique more subtle than I thought. The richness comes out as the songs are layered, and my perspective on the beginning of the record is very different now that I have heard the end.

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Fri Nov 19 2021
4

A great selection from 60s pop. Favorites: Sweet Blindness, Poverty Train, Eli's Comin'

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Wed Nov 24 2021
4

This album is so full of life, and what a voice!

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Mon Jan 10 2022
4

I have heard of Laura Nyro in reference as an influence of other artists, but don’t recall ever hearing her work before. I will admit that it was not love at first listen…and I was surprised. The voice is beautiful, but the multiple changes within a single track did not set well with some listlessness that I was experiencing yesterday. I was aware that it was not her, it was me. So, I came back to it today and have enjoyed the experience much more.

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Mon Jan 10 2022
4

It's a shame that with a voice and songs like hers that I have never heard of Laura Nyro. This was a pretty great album and though it seems a lot of artists knew that, I think it deserved more love from the general public. "Lonely Women" caught my ear as something even beyond really good, late 60s singer-songwriter material. I love the range of her voice in it. And then it goes right into the energetic "Eli's Comin'." This is when the album really stood out for me. "Stoned Soul Picnic" is a crazy cool song, and it's hard not to think of the 5th Dimension as I always associated them with this song. So much of what I thought was their sound is Nyro's sound. The song that really has everything I love about Laura Nyro is "Once It Was Alright Now (Farmer Joe)." I really wish I could figure out what the story is, but I sure like hearing it. I didn't fall in love with every song, but I am so happy I got to listen to this, and I look forward to listening to more of her as well as being aware of her influence on so many other artists.

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Mon Jan 17 2022
4

spectacular voice, didn't expect such a great experience

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Mon Feb 21 2022
4

This was really enjoyable. Never heard of this cat… so nice little discover!

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Mon Feb 28 2022
4

Solide en vrai

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Fri Mar 04 2022
4

first listen timeless sound, gonna listen to whole discography

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Sun Apr 03 2022
4

Wow. What an album. Captivating from beginning to end. Many familiar tunes that I had no idea were hers; Eli's Coming and Stone Soul Picnic in particular. On first listen my favorite song is the blues burner The Poverty Train. This album is an important discovery for me and I expect it to be an important addition to my regular listening. 4.5 🌟

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Thu Apr 14 2022
4

Rating: 7/10 Best songs: Lonely women, Eli’s comin

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Thu Apr 14 2022
4

A really lovely surprise.

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Sun Apr 17 2022
4

Never heard of her before, but very much enjoyed the album - will be definitely added to the list of ones I will be listening to again.

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Wed Mar 02 2022
4

Amazing voice. Stone Cold Picnic is a classic.

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Wed May 11 2022
4

Mooi album, zonder franjes

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Fri Jun 24 2022
4

Well, this was different! I’ve heard the name Lauro Nyro before, but today was the first time that I’ve listened to any of her albums. There’s some really imaginative songwriting on here. “Poverty Train” was a stand out and my favorite track the first time through. It had a great intro, interesting tempo changes throughout the song and a complex song structure. The mood shift at the end “Eli’s Comin’ ” was a good hook as well. The rest of the songs on here are well crafted and well thought-out and the lyrics are quite good. This is the kind of album that will take a few listens to really get to know well due to the depth of the songwriting, but it was enjoyable enough the first time through to make that journey again.

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Fri Jun 24 2022
4

I feel like I've heard a song or two by Laura Nyro and never knew who it was. Or maybe I'm confusing some of her songs with Carole King's. Great voice and even though it sounds like it's from a different era it doesn't sound dated. More than listening to the album I appreciated the prompt to learn about her and her massive influence on the industry (lot of songwriting credits and remakes of her work). For sure a 3, feels like a coin flip after that. Not quite my thing but I think I'm going up because I compared her to Carole King.

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Wed Jul 13 2022
4

I can't really explain why but I've been looking forward to this album for a long time. I've never heard it before, never knew about this album or artist, but something about seeing it among albums on the list, or perhaps it was seeing it on the shelf at a record store, just intrigued me so much. It's all over the place in mostly good ways, spanning so many genres. For an album from the late '60s it's extremely impressive. A lot on here I will return to, including "Once It Was Alright Now" which, upon hearing for the first time, I immediately recognized as sampled by the 1975. This is a very quirky album, jazzy and full of life, especially for a singer-songwriter type project. I can imagine how many artists have been influenced by this one. I dig it. Favorite tracks: Once It Was Alright Now, Lu, Lonely Women, Emmie, Eli's Comin. Album art: Again, just seeing this one so many times intrigued me to the point of being excited about it without knowing anything about the artist or music, so that's huge. It's a portrait, but the contrast is strong. The facial expression and angle is intriguing, and I really love the font. 4/5

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Wed Jul 13 2022
4

These are some truly incredible songs, and Laura Nyro is a wonderful singer to boot. Not only is her voice sweet, but she's full of personality that brings each song to life. Is it perhaps a little long and over-indulgent? Sure, but it can be forgiven for the level of quality on display here. Nyro can really play with the best of them, easily at the same level as Sgt. Pepper's or Pet Sounds. These are not simple singer/songwriter songs, no sir.

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Fri Jul 22 2022
4

She's got a lovely voice. Interesting lyrics

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Thu Aug 11 2022
4

I loved this album! the vocals were great. I thought the songs were good. and I liked

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Thu Aug 11 2022
4

Wow -- some frenetic ballads and effusive singing. So many of the songs undulate between soft and loud, slurred and staccato, theatrical to moody, fast and slow. The variety and energy feels innovative :D

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Thu Aug 25 2022
4

24th August 2022 Listened in the morning on the journey in to the office. Had leaving drinks in the evening with the FT lot. I loved this album, it felt very bohemian and soft. What a lovely voice.

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Mon Sep 05 2022
4

Doesn't look like anything I'd want to listen to. But from the first note I'm immediately schooled on why you don't judge a book by the cover. I love what this album is going for. Although now that I look closer I see it isn't old-timey it is old old-timey. Instrumentation, style, lyrics and vaguely bonkers nature of the songs taken all together really speaks to me. Slightly more power and control in the voice and this would be 5 stars. I already had one song, Eli's Comin', marked with a heart even though I have no idea who this is or how I would have run into her music before. Fun: Luckie, Lu, Eli's Comin', Once it Was Alright Now Not great: Sweet Blindness, December's Boudoir (there's bonkers and then there's *bonkers*)

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Wed Sep 14 2022
4

Great instrumentation and voice. Writing and arrangements were also phenomenal and original. It’s difficult to believe she didn’t become more popular. 4/5

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Thu Sep 15 2022
4

A pleasant album, a few tracks stand out. A good example of the genre

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Thu Oct 20 2022
4

Very mystical

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Mon Oct 24 2022
4

Fully behind this. GLorious

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Fri Oct 28 2022
4

Wow! What a voice. Sweet Blindness was the highlight for me.

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Wed Nov 09 2022
4

This is an interesting album. On the first listen I was really fired up about it, as she does things I wasn't quite expecting from 1968. However, it is a bit too out there for the sake of being out there. Especially towards the latter tracks, where she seems to be writing vocal cheques that her voice can't cash. The lean towards ostentation makes me want to give this a 3. Her voice, when in its lane, is superb. Which makes me want to go 5. The compromise has to be 4, hasn't it?

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Thu Nov 17 2022
4

Exvellent! Ça me rappelle du vieux Nanette Workman, ça tombe (étrangement) dans mes cordes!

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Thu Sep 24 2020
3

Jazzish bluest vocal and piano singalongs. Inoffensive.

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Thu Oct 15 2020
3

Pretty nice jazzy songs in this album. Specially the first half. Second half was a bit meh

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Wed Sep 16 2020
3

I'll have to come back to this one. I enjoyed some moments but it was mostly lost on me. Her voice is technically good but I don't really like the sound of it.

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Mon Sep 14 2020
3

I liked the album, but personally didn't enjoy her singing style.

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Wed Feb 17 2021
3

Liked the style but a bit too much at times.

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Sun May 23 2021
3

Not bad decent songs. Seemed like the style was on its way out as it

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Thu Feb 11 2021
3

I liked it. It had some real chill anime vibes.

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Wed Jan 27 2021
3

Leuk hoor

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Wed Jan 27 2021
3

Good. Never heard of this artist but she has a very familiar sound. Very Carole King

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Fri Jan 29 2021
3

Very much music from its time. She had a really nice voice.

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Wed Jun 02 2021
3

Pretty standard vocal centric pop effort from the late 60s.

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Sat May 01 2021
3

Great voice, and a tragic story. The first half of this album is great. I love the jazzy show-tunes-y nature of it! The second half really drags on as she goes higher and higher into her register. I was glad it was over by the end.

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Sun Feb 14 2021
3

1968, pop, stimme erinnert mich an erykah badu, geht klar

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Thu Jul 01 2021
3

Laura Nyro was a great song-writer and a lot of people did well from her songs, especially The Fifth Dimension, who would have been a one-hit wonder without her. As performer she had a good enough voice, but IMO it can be a bit shrill when she ramps it up. The album fades a bit & I think her interpretations of her own songs weren't as great as the interpretations of other great performers. I guess that's why there are so few great singer-songwriters out there. It's hard to be equally good at both.

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Thu Feb 25 2021
3

Eeeh, I can't say this was awful but not my cup of tea. It had that weird lounge singer vibe again that was just a total swing and a miss. The only song I really jelled with was "Stoned Soul Picnic." I thought it was great and the soul was really there. Other than that was just waiting for it to be over.

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Tue May 18 2021
3

Ik vind het nogal slap en soft. Een soort jazzy maar het klinkt als liftmuziek

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Fri Apr 16 2021
3

I loved her voice. Dad recognised her voice too and she was the vocalist with 5th Dimension; Wedding Bell Blues, great song ! A solid ***

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Thu Feb 18 2021
3

So not my style but some enjoyable songs

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Mon Apr 05 2021
3

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Thu Jul 01 2021
3

This album is very simple and speaks to a kinder gentler time when music was far less sophisticated. The songs have one intention which is to entertain a live audience. Her voice is impressive as it bounces effortlessly up and down the scale. Many of the songs are flush with tempo changes that keep things moving along nicely. Unfortunately there are a number of other songs that seem to stagnate.

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Wed Feb 24 2021
3

Never heard of her before but enjoyed listening to her songs.

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Fri Feb 19 2021
3

Sunday vibes

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Sat May 22 2021
3

3/5

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Fri May 21 2021
3

Well the beginning of the first song started a bit suddenly. Ohhhh it's the blues, that makes sense. It's good so far, I'd probably rate a 3 based on what I've heard so far. Wait, this came out in 1968? The recording quality sounds really good for the 60s. I'm considering rating a 4 just because of the sound quality. Album ended as suddenly as it began. I enjoyed the quality. The style wasn't my thing, but I appreciate it for what it is.

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Wed Jun 30 2021
3

This was bloody good! Really enjoyed it, couple of duffers on it though which stops 4 stars. However, throughly worth a listen by all!

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Tue Jun 29 2021
3

Descent. Enjoyable

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Wed May 19 2021
3

Nice songwriting, decent performance. Fun never knowing when a tempo change will hit.

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Tue Jul 20 2021
3

Not sure why I've never heard of her before, this sounds like it should be classic stuff, but I guess she never had a major hit. Definitely sounds like it could have been recorded yesterday.

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Mon May 24 2021
3

Nörö iha 3/5 ok

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Wed Jun 02 2021
3

showcase of an amazing voice. good if you're in a bluesy mood

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Thu Jul 15 2021
3

not terrible

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Wed Aug 11 2021
3

Hello, who is this? Never seen this name before in my life, but I like the album art (feels very 2000s) and a few of the tunes. But dang if you just put this on and told me it was some later Joni Mitchell record I would believe you like a devout Mormon. Still, “Poverty Blues” worked for me enough that I listened to it twice. The 60s were THE decade for cocaine songs. (I guess, I don’t really know.)

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Tue Aug 24 2021
3

Pretty good pop music. Nice voice. 6/10

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Tue Aug 31 2021
3

Mukava vanha uutuus mulle. Fiilailin auringonpaisteessa autossa vaikkei mieltä mullistavaa kuitenkaan ollut

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Thu Sep 02 2021
3

Never heard of her before. This hybrid of 60s pop, Joni Mitchell, Joan Baez is good.

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Thu Oct 14 2021
3

It was okay. 0RS

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Thu Nov 04 2021
3

I'd never heard 'Eli And The Thirteenth Confession' and I'd never heard of Laura Nyro, so this was a complete surprise to me. In a word, the album struck me as ambitious. Laura's vocals are powerful and each song's arrangement feels packed full, to the point of bursting with purpose and intent. I can see why this would be an infuential album and I can also see how a number of these songs would go on to be hits for other bands as well.

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Wed Nov 24 2021
3

pretty good jazzy piano + soulful white woman vocals

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Fri Dec 10 2021
3

I liked it, sue me

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Fri Dec 10 2021
3

Good! 3.5 stars. Very enjoyable, didn't hit me too hard but I did like it quite a bit.

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Sun Dec 12 2021
3

A wild ride of an LP - the compositions are loud and boisterous, while Nyro’s vocals sit on top and often threaten to go off the rails (though never do). Worth another listen just to fully digest all that’s happening here.

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Sun Dec 12 2021
3

An artist Iv never heard of, enjoyed the album

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Thu Dec 16 2021
3

60s sound. Kind of reminds me of dusty springfield. Slightly annoying high pitched voice. Stoned cold picnic is a famous song, pretty cool song.

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Mon Dec 27 2021
3

poverty train sucked. luckie was a good intro to set the mood for the album. overall, it felt ahead of its time

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Mon Dec 27 2021
3

Eli’s comin is lowkey a bop

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Thu Jan 06 2022
3

This one was pretty out there. I feel like some songs had the bones of something really catchy, but then would purposefully veer off into some other experimental direction. It was mainly focused on the vocals, which were good for sure, but the songs just didn't grab me, or at least they would start to grab me and then the beat would totally change up and she'd do some strange vocal trill. Best song was Luckie, but Lu was pretty good too.

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Fri Jan 14 2022
3

This is a perfect example of an artist that deserves to be on this list based on her musical impact and influence on many artists to come. Nyro manages to balance smooth, soulful voices with cutting lyrics of loss and missing. Her crooning is on great display as she makes an album highlighting her unique range and sound.

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Wed Jan 19 2022
3

Quite the Morning song bird

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Wed Feb 23 2022
3

Pretty fun listen!

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Thu Feb 24 2022
3

There's only so many times you can listen to Tapestry, no matter how perfect it is. So when you want a bit of that but also something different there's this. Like King Nyro wrote lots of stuff that were initially made famous by other people. Unlike King her voice is a lot more distinctive, bordering on Joni Mitchell at times. I liked this on listening, and wouldn't have come across it otherwise.

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Thu Mar 03 2022
3

Very Carol Kane-Esque. I'm enjoying it. shocked that I have never heard of so many of these albums. also bought the book in case there's some key info I need to know.

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Wed Mar 16 2022
3

Što dalje ide to jači album

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Wed Mar 16 2022
3

Nikad čuo za nju, ali mogu reći da je stvarno fin album, lijep. Jaka boja glasa. Međutim stvar je što u ovom trenutku nisam baš za ovako nešta pa mi zasad neće biti neko vraćanje na ovo, al da je dobar, dobar je.

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Wed Mar 16 2022
3

Po coveru sam mislila da ce biti neka melodramaticna Irkinja iz 90ih. No ovo je pak melodramaticna Amerikanka iz 60ih. Skroz suprotno. Jako lijep glas. Lonely women mi je najdraža s albuma i stvarno ima nekih dobrih trenutaka. Ali nisam se pretjerano uživila u ostatak. No drago mi je da sad znam za ovu tetu.

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Wed Mar 23 2022
3

Somewhat hard to hear over the chaos of a frat house, but the album overall sounded pretty nice. I’ve become a bigger fan of this type of music since the start of this list I think

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Wed Mar 23 2022
3

It was OK. not totally my bag

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Sun Apr 03 2022
3

I think this would be great to experience live in concert. I don’t think it works as well as a record. Not for me.

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Fri Apr 22 2022
3

It's not quite my jam but did enjoy her powerful voice and fun melodies. Almost a 4.

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Sun Apr 24 2022
3

Lovely, weird and entertaining.

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Fri Apr 29 2022
3

Decent easy listening without highlights or lowlights, nice to hear

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Fri Apr 29 2022
3

Great voice but no song really goes anywhere.

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Fri Apr 29 2022
3

Pop-soul-jazz. Agradable. Ni fu ni fa.

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Fri May 13 2022
3

All new to me: the artist, the album, and all songs. What a voice! Solid songwriting, too, and great performances. Stylistically, not something I think I'll come back to -- just preference -- but I can appreciate the depth and range of her talent. Impressive.

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Wed May 18 2022
3

Never heard of this artist before - an interesting enjoyable sort of timeless album

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Wed May 25 2022
3

I had never heard of this artist before today. Very easy to listen to and she has a beautiful voice. I'd be interested in checking out her other work.

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Wed May 25 2022
3

First time ever that I listen Laura Nyro. Sweet voice, nice melodies, styles fusion. It sounds to me like a precursor of some others more modern artists like Sade and Norah Jones

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Fri May 27 2022
3

This is good but I'm not sure I've missed anything important through not having heard it before.

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Mon Jun 06 2022
3

3.5 for me. I thought it sounded like Carol King recorded a Motown album. A few good songs but not my favorite.

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Fri Jun 17 2022
3

Gave it a go but couldn’t finish the album - some homage to Kate bush but overall found it winey. Not sure which genre - a bit show jazz, easy listening, I’m not sure - some dodgy lyrics had to give up sorry 😞

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Fri Jun 24 2022
3

Highly influential but not widely known and died of cancer at 49. Very sad. She's got a great voice but I'm not all that into her music, even after multiple listens. Pleasant to hear, but don't need to hear it again, which is the definition of a 3 for me.

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Fri Jun 24 2022
3

The choices within each of the songs for tempo, rhythm, and style are interesting to say the least. Originally I thought that the cover was one of those retro covers. Nope, it's for an album of the time. The bottom line is, even with the innovation of the song choices, it still sounds incredibly dated. Not something I would choose to come back to.

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Thu Jul 07 2022
3

Uplifting and a very bright start to the morning. I liked the variety of styles. It reminded me a lot of Carole King's Tapestry. Some decent Northern Soul head nods as well. Not life changing, but decent.

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Wed Jul 13 2022
3

I was pretty shocked to see that this album is from 1968, until I heard it. The album cover and it being listed as "pop" threw me off because it does not feel like something from the 60's but the songs were good! I wouldn't quite compare her to Kate Bush or some of the other pop people of those decades but she had some good songs.

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Fri Jul 29 2022
3

Beautiful, raw voice and poetic lyrics

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Sun Aug 21 2022
3

5/13, 38%

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Wed Aug 31 2022
3

Impressive voice, kinda jazzy. A bit slow overall

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Fri Sep 02 2022
3

Alright

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Fri Sep 09 2022
3

Incredibly talented but underated singer/songwriter. Proof that you can appreciate something but not especially love it since I have to admit after a few numbers it starts to grate with it's NYC energy and vibrancy. Still, it's mood music and maybe on a sunny Spring day doing housework it would be good to have this on?

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Thu Sep 15 2022
3

I got a 60's girl group vibe from a lot of these tracks. Solid vocals but I think there were others from that genre that did it better. Definitely not unpleasant to listen to but, in the end, I was left a little empty. But, then again, it was 1968. Maybe that's what they were going for.

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Sun Sep 18 2022
3

Not bad, but ultimately lacking depth and emotion. I guess it was pretty modern 44 years ago when it came out and I do like the varied influences, but in the end it's still not much better than mediocre.

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Sun Oct 02 2022
3

Can’t believe I had never heard of her? I can tell she’s been an important influence, but also not really my cup to tea.

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Wed Oct 05 2022
3

Interesting album, nothing particularly moved me, but I enjoyed her singing

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Fri Oct 07 2022
3

Top 3 Songs: 1 - Woman's Blues (10) 2 - Stoned Soul Picnic (8) 3 - Luckie (1)

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Sat Oct 22 2022
3

This is the kind of album that takes a bit for me to warm up to, but it was a pleasant listen. The layered vocals and arrangements are a bit of an acquired taste, but it's definitely a creative, unique sound. Laura Nyro's bold, expressive, somewhat torchy vocals are charming in their way. But I don't know that I need 56 minutes of her. Fave Songs: Stoned Soul Picnic, Sweet Blindness, Woman's Blues, Lu, Luckie

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Mon Oct 24 2022
3

This album is a lot. It's an incredible record in terms of musicality and talent. It's unlike anything I've ever heard, but it's also a bit exhausting. The tempo-changes are so frequent that I feel like I'm constantly jumping from one fast moving car to the other. Very unique record.

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Thu Oct 27 2022
3

Didn't really strike a chord with me but I can see why it gets a lot of love

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Fri Oct 28 2022
3

A very well written collection of songs, although it has a few low points

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Tue Nov 08 2022
3

сумбурно слушала и ничего не поняла)

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Wed Nov 16 2022
3

I hadn't heard of Laura Nyro before, she sounds way more contemporary than the late 60s, great voice. The album was alright, could have been shorter; enjoyed the up-tempo tracks; the crooning ones less so - half of them sounded the same; there were moments when I could see how the likes of Tori Amos could take inspiration.

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Wed Nov 16 2022
3

Yeah kinda souly

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Wed Nov 16 2022
3

I bought this on CD years ago after reading a rave review about it. But I've never really got into it because it never really settles and I suppose that restlessness is the attraction. Nyro is a confident singer and her buoyant personality comes across. Some of the songs are really good hence there were covers by a number of artists.

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Wed Nov 16 2022
3

Laura Nyro was completely new to me, name and all. If you told me that Tori Amos derived her influence from Nyro, I would believe it. As a Tori Amos fan, I saw a lot of striking similarities here. While Nyro is decidedly jazzier, she has this eclectic piano pop singer songwriter quality about her. You can tell that she views her singing as an art form. She allows her singing quality to carry the emotions of various musical and lyrical phrases. Even when she’s singing more “dirty” or wailing or dissonant, there is no doubting her conviction or commitment. This was an interesting and unique experience, and aside from Tori Amos, I know this woman must have paved the way for so many eclectic singer songwriters of today. It was wild and educational to hear someone doing this style back in the 1960s!

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Wed Nov 16 2022
3

laura nyro was a brand new artist to me! i knew of her since she was inducted into the rock and roll hall of fame in 2012, but i hadn't sought out her music before. her spot on this list is worthy! in a word nyro is pop, but she has jazz and folk mixed in. nyro had an interesting voice; sometimes it can be very beautiful, like in a carole king style, and sometimes her voice isn't exactly "pretty." but that's reminiscent of the sixties, and i respect it. actually, this album is firmly in 1968 but i'm not surprised that musicians like elton john were influenced by it. i can hear similarities between nyro and carole king and other singer songwriters. 3.5

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Sun Nov 20 2022
3

The longer I spend with this record, the more flaws begin to emerge. The first track more or less encapsulates everything right/wrong with the album - an extremely complicated, busy arrangement with every hook imaginable, but nothing with any staying power. Her voice is slightly weedy, and a number of the tracks veer into the territory of Gershwin show-tune. I enjoyed a number of moments on this record, but the songs themselves lack any kind of impression.

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Wed Nov 23 2022
3

Je suis de très mauvaise humeur ce matin et ce n'est très certainement pas cet album de Laura Nyro qui va y changer quoi que ce soit

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Wed Nov 23 2022
3

J'avais beau ne pas connaître cette gothique, c'était finalement tout comme tant Romano en a parlé dans la radio libre de Difool.

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Thu Dec 01 2022
3

Reminded me of a darker Carole King or Joni Mitchell. Pretty good.

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Wed Jan 27 2021
2

too dissonant

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Wed Jan 27 2021
2

meh

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Mon Jun 07 2021
2

Again, just not for me.

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Fri Jun 25 2021
2

i'm glad i survived that. i do not believe i would have enjoyed that particular part of 1968. i doubt i would've felt the need to be shouted at in that way.

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Wed Apr 14 2021
2

forgetable late 60s joni-mitchell-like

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Thu Feb 25 2021
2

I think this is another case of the poetry of lyrics being lost on me, based on the way the album was written up. She clearly has a great voice, and the instrumentation of strings is interesting, but overall this album didn't seem to catch me. I'm going to rate a 2.5 for now, with an understanding that a more thorough listen may be necessary later.

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Mon Jun 07 2021
2

Super soulful voice but its not my style.

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Wed Mar 24 2021
2

Skillful, but grating vocals. A few decent songs, but lacking a royal run of tracks to make the list

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Tue Jan 26 2021
2

Was für den Soul Allnighter. Bisserl Dsiko. Nicht für mich, nicht durchhehört

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