The Velvet Underground & Nico-The Velvet Underground (1967)

My Rating: 68% (C+)

Pitchfork Rating: N/A

Rolling Stone Rating: N/A

Metacritic Rating: N/A

Average Rating: 68% (C+)

Tracklist (Standout songs underlined):

  1. Sunday Morning
  2. I’m Waiting for the Man
  3. Femme Fatale
  4. Venus In Furs
  5. Run Run Run
  6. All Tomorrow’s Parties
  7. Heroin
  8. There She Goes Again
  9. I’ll Be Your Mirror
  10. The Black Angel’s Death Song
  11. European Son

Label:

MGM

Favourite Song on Album:

Listen to This Album When You’re:

Nostalgic.

Thoughts on Album Cover:

It doesn’t get much more iconic than this cover.

Want to Own on Vinyl?:

Not really.

Final Thoughts:

I’m gonna catch heat for this review, but hear me out here, I’m not arguing against it’s influence or musicality, I’m listening for how listenable this album is as a whole, and honestly it wasn’t the greatest thing I’ve ever come across. It’s one of those hard questions of is something automatically untouchable because of it being a classic (I remember getting in an argument over saying Mrs. Doubtfire was overrated) and when it comes to The Velvet Underground I couldn’t help but wonder what the fuss was about. Times have changed, and I’m sure this was groundbreaking at the time, but it just doesn’t hold my attention, I wanted it to be better, I kept expecting more from it, especially with Nico tied to it because her Chelsea Girl kept me entertained the entire play. Call me a musical nimrod, call me an ignorant slut, but Velvet Underground just didn’t strike the right chord for me.

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Nobunny-Love Visions (2008)

My Rating: 63% (C)

Pitchfork Rating: N/A

Rolling Stone Rating: N/A

Metacritic Rating: N/A

Average Rating: 63% (C)

Tracklist (Standout songs underlined):

  1. Nobunny Loves You
  2. I Know I Know
  3. Mess Me Up
  4. I Am A Girlfriend
  5. Tina Goes To Work
  6. Chuck Berry Holiday
  7. Boneyard
  8. Somewhere New
  9. Church Mouse
  10. It’s True
  11. Don’t Know, Don’t Care
  12. Not That Good

Favourite Song on Album:

Listen to This Album When You’re:

Wanting a more accessible garage rock album.

Thoughts on Album Cover:

I love it, it’s badass.

Want to Own on Vinyl?:

No.

Final Thoughts:

There was a time when I was only listening to stuff that stemmed from FIDLAR, Cage the Elephant and Jay Reatard, it was a new genre (I know those are multiple genred artists but they seemed to run in similar packs) to discover and I have an addictive personality so I added a bunch of like minded artists to my library and most of them fell into obscurity. Nobunny was one of those. They’re a fun pop-punk sounding band with a crazy front-man who seems to be playing a crazy bunny character of some sort. Love Visions is a good introduction to the band, scattered, inconsistent, but when they make the pieces fit it’s pure beauty. Nobunny needs some help with album production, but damn they’re an attractive group to find yourself liking, like a Doom version of punk.

Nico-Chelsea Girl (1967)

My Rating: 100% (A++)

Pitchfork Rating: N/A

Rolling Stone Rating: N/A

Metacritic Rating: N/A

Average Rating: 100%

Tracklist (Standout songs underlined):

  1. The Fairest Of The Seasons
  2. These Days
  3. Little Sister
  4. Winter Song
  5. It Was A Pleasure Then
  6. Chelsea Girls
  7. I’ll Keep It With Mine
  8. Somewhere There’s A Feather
  9. Wrap Your Troubles In Dreams
  10. Eulogy To Lenny Bruce

Favourite Song on Album:

Listen to This Album When You’re:

Looking for a mellow oldie to zone out to.

Thoughts on Album Cover:

It’s kind of funny, reminds me of some meme’s that are out nowadays. Not the worst, not the best.

Want to Own on Vinyl?:

It’d be great on vinyl!

Final Thoughts:

Nico’s Chelsea Girl is a iconic album that actually lives up to its buzz. Excellently produced and hauntingly preformed. It’s one of those albums that fits each track well together. It’s a classic and it’ll continue to influence future musicians. One of the albums that’s a must own if you’re a vinyl fiend like me.

N.A.S.A.-The Spirit Of Apollo (2009)

My Rating: 75% (B-)

Pitchfork Rating: 16%

Rolling Stone Rating: N/A

Metacritic Rating: 64%

Average Rating: 51.7%

Tracklist (Standout songs underlined):

  1. Into
  2. The People Tree Feat. David Byrne, Chali2na, Gift Of Gab & Z-Trip
  3. Money Feat. David Byrne, Chuck D, Ras Congo, Seu Jorge, & Z-Trip
  4. N.A.S.A. Music Feat. Method Man, E-40 & DJ Swamp
  5. Way Down Feat. RZA, Barbie Hatch & John Frusciante
  6. Hip Hop Feat. KRS-One, Fatlip & Slim Kid Tre
  7. Four Rooms, Earth View
  8. Strange Enough Feat. Karen O, Ol’ Dirty Bastards, Fatlip
  9. Spacious Thoughts Feat. Tom Waits & Cool Keith
  10. Gifted Feat. Kanye West, Santogold, & Lykke Li
  11. A Volta Feat. Sizzla, Amanda Blank & Lovefoxxx
  12. There’s A Party Feat. George Clinton & Chali2na
  13. Whachadoin? Feat. Spank Rock, M.I.A., Santogold & Nick Zinner
  14. O Pato Feat. Kool Kojak & DJ Bãboa
  15. Samba Soul Feat. Del Tha Funkee Homosapien & DJ Qbert
  16. The Mayor Feat. The Cool Kids, Ghostface Killah, Scarface & DJ AM

Favourite Song on Album:

Listen to This Album When You’re:

Want a mash up of tons of critically acclaimed musicians from hip-hop to blues/funk.

Thoughts on Album Cover:

It’s super random, just like the whole album, love it.

Want to Own on Vinyl?:

So badly.

Final Thoughts:

This is one of those absolutely amazing albums that just went unnoticed, and I’m baffled why that is. I mean look at that star studded list of featuring artists, are you freaking kidding me? This is a music fans dream of an album and I for one am not letting it slip away without giving it the proper appreciation. The album as a whole may have only gotten 75%. But the songs that work, work really well. Please listen to these guys. You’ll thank me later.

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