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

My Rating: 68% (C+)

Pitchfork Rating: N/A

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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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Visionaries-Sophomore Jinx (1999)

My Rating: 82 (B+)

Pitchfork Rating: N/A

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Metacritic Rating: N/A

Average Rating: 82 (B+)

Tracklist (Standout songs underlined):

  1. Never The Same
  2. Top Choice
  3. Making Things Right (Love Rules All)
  4. Quattroduction
  5. Stand Still
  6. Reach
  7. DJ’s MC’s
  8. Somersault Suicide
  9. La Fresh
  10. Tipping The Scales
  11. Peace Mic
  12. Self Sufficient
  13. Come One Come All
  14. Spiritual Warfare
  15. Everybody’s Lying
  16. Thicken Up
  17. Who?
  18. Honorable Mention
  19. Together or Separate

Favourite Song on Album:

Listen to This Album When You’re:

Wanting some pure hip hop.

Thoughts on Album Cover:

Super 90’s it’s hilarious.

Want to Own on Vinyl?:

Absolutely.

Final Thoughts:

Visionaries are yet another underground hip hop super group, as with most supergroups of the time, most, if not all, of the emcees involved went on to become successful with their solo careers as well. Visionaries gave us LMNO and 2Mex, 2Mex being the standout emcee of the crew. Sophomore Jinx is pure hip hop, simple beats, lots of samples and scratches, with an emcee spitting vivid imagery over the whole thing. If you’re a fan of the art in itself then Sophomore Jinx is an album to dig into, if you are more into current hip hop this might be a bit out of your comfort zone.

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