The Velvet Underground
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4.5
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Review

by The Hypnotist USER (20 Reviews)
April 7th, 2007 | 33 replies | 13,386 views


Release Date: 1970 | Tracklist


6 of 6 thought this review was well written

Just like the other review for this album I will use this quote; “It was said that only a few thousand people ever bought a Velvet Underground album, but every one of them formed a Rock 'n' roll band.” While this statement can’t be completely true there is truth to it. The Velvet Underground are very inspiring, as soon as I finished listening to this album I wrote a song and that was the first song I myself wrote and enjoyed and if I ever make it "big" I will definitely owe some of my success to them. With this opening statement finished on with the review.

This cd was actually a bit of a surprise. I was expecting a bit more experimentation, but it’s mostly very well written and catchy songs. Let me be the first to say, this is not a con. The first track is a prime example of the pop catchiness of this album. It has a chorus that just asks you to sing along with; “Ba ba ba baaaaaa, who loves the sun?” The message in the song is actually kind of contradictory to the poppy and upbeat feel of the song as Lou asks; “Who loves the sun? Who cares that it makes plants grow? Who cares what it does since you broke my heart?” And it really shows that lost love can make you forget about all the good things that make life fun. Sweet Jane is another example of the newer catchier VU. Really the only thing that keeps this from being a full blown pop song (if it isn’t) is Lou’s raspy vocals. His voice is very casual and it’s not completely singing during the verses. It’s like if someone was talking to you and occasionally threw some different pitches that worked. When the chorus comes up; it’s hard not to sing along to; “Sweeeet Jane!” Now, those were two good examples of the poppy music on this, but Lonesome Cowboy Bill is the best. It’s at a faster tempo and really has an infectious feeling. To be honest, the level of the pop catchiness is kind of annoying sometimes, especially at the last chorus. The song starts out enjoyable but then near the end you’re glad it’s over.

While Rock & Roll can be classified with the above I’d say more rock oriented, not just because of the title it just has that rougher sound to it. It has to have one of the catchiest guitar rhythms I’ve ever heard and the simple drum beat gives even more to it. Then to take you off guard there’s a semi psychedelic piece after the first solo that is basically some really nice sliding on the guitar that has the notes matched very well by a nice voice humming. To finish this off they decided to use the go into chaos outro with the singers echoing Lou in a back and forth; “It’s all right!” with the occasional Oh! Babay! Now, the hardest song on here would definitely be Head Held High. It got a really great hard blues rock feeling that only gets heightened when those little guitar fills come in and with Lou’s loud and raspy voice which kind of reminds me of what Jim Morrison would later try. There’s not a lot to say about the song as hard blues rock really does that job. Probably the “coolest” rock song is Cool It Down and when I say “cool” I really mean “cool”. During the verses it’s very mellow and has a very relaxed feeling and that ‘cool’ sound is augmented by Lou’s raspy whispered voice and perfect delivery. The chorus is where the song really takes a change as the guitar gives it its bluesier feel, then the piano comes in sounding just like the ones from the ol’ Wild West.

It’s not all pop and rock though, there are some beautiful songs here. The first that comes to mind would be I Found A Reason. It’s got a topic that’s used quite a lot in these type of songs, basically it’s about finding girl who gives you hope , but there is a semi cheesy spoken word that you might think takes down the quality but for some reason it doesn’t. Even though it’s cheesy it’s necessary to make the song what it is. The ending of the song has the same feeling as the rest of the song but has a bit of desperation as voices sing; “You better come, come, come. Come to me.” New Age falls under the category of soft and beautiful and is one of the songs that has a verse that sounds perfect without rhyme. “Can I have your autograph?” he said to the fat blond actress. You know, I've seen every movie you've been in, from "Pass of Pain" to "Duels of Glory". The groove of the song really makes it sound nice. During the last chorus it sounds like things are going to pick up and get lighter but then you go back into the soft verse. But then you here a guitar line building up to a more enthusiastic ending. It goes into a perfect way to finish off the song with the best part being when Lou says; “It’s the beginning of a new age.”

Oh! Sweet Nuthin’ while it is a softer song it has a bit of a hopeful feeling all throughout unlike the other softer songs. It’s like when you’re watching a sunrise and everything seems to be coming together. Kind of ironic as this is the finisher on the final Velvet Underground album, everything’s coming apart. With this song they chose not to go out with a bang, but with a ray of hope and a well written song.

The combination of pop and rock on here is great. The Velvet Underground didn’t go out with something innovative or different; they went out with some fun songs and some meaningful ones. If it weren’t for those softer songs I would be writing in this paragraph that I thought that this album was just made to finish off their contract or something like that, but even though it might have been (I don’t know anything about the bands history, so I’m not sure) the songs on this album show that they at least wanted to go out with some dignity and not just a ***ty album full of filler.

Standouts
Cool It Down
Rock & Roll
Who Loves The Sun
Oh! Sweet Nuthin'
New Age




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MrKite
April 7th 2007



5020 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I don't know if I should have submitted it this early but I woke up really early and had an urge to write something.

If there's anything incorrect in here please point it out so I can fix it. Constructive criticisme is welcome, as always.
This actually came relatively easy.

Hope you guys like it.
EDIT: I just realised how cheesy that description of Sweet Nuthin' is.This Message Edited On 04.07.07

AnyColour74
April 7th 2007



1054 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

The review is good, the only thing you should fix is:

The Velvet Underground really are very inspiring


Sentence structure is kind of off, maybe taking out 'really' should fix that problem.

This is probably the best Velvet Underground cd.

Ruthlessgrunge
April 7th 2007



460 Comments


Woo good review. I want this cd and i was actually gunna go look for it today during my lunch break.

MrKite
April 7th 2007



5020 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Mystery pos'.
Thanks guys.
Ruthless, you really should get this. It's quite the awesome record, but if you're looking for experimenting don't.

Ephex
April 7th 2007



730 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

"Kill the pig, bash her in, slit her throat!"

Great review, I need to check this album out

Ephex
April 7th 2007



730 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

really nicely written song.


Another sentence structure issue. 'My auntie said so'This Message Edited On 04.07.07

The Jungler
April 7th 2007



4827 Comments


Pretty solid review I suppose, watch your grammar.
VU are good.


Two-Headed Boy
April 7th 2007



4527 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

I just can't get into this album like their s/t and Nico, but it's solid nevertheless.

MrKite
April 7th 2007



5020 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Yeah, lately my grammar in general is bad, I'm trying to improve it.

Ephex, is that from my review? I pressed control f and it doesn't find it in my review.

tom79
April 7th 2007



3346 Comments


but with a ray of hope and a really nicely written song.

Last sentence of paragraph that needs to be seperated. control f found it.

Good work. VU are good.

Digging: Bent Outta Shape - Stray Dog Town

MrKite
April 7th 2007



5020 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Oh, thanks.
I'll fix it. I gotta watch my usage or "really".This Message Edited On 04.07.07

Kaleid
April 7th 2007



709 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Solid review, nicely descriptive. I'm with THB on this one; I miss the lack of experimentation on this album, but still, it's VU, I don't think they did much wrong. Their self-titled is their best

Zmev
April 7th 2007



983 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Band's second best. I may have posted that in the other review also but who cares?

hummer
April 7th 2007



228 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Great review of the best Velvet album

MrKite
April 7th 2007



5020 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Thanks guys.
I really need to get more albums by this band. I have never craved albums like this, I'm hugely addicted to them.

Zmev
April 8th 2007



983 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Thats weird since most people start off with Velvet Underground and Nico. You should try that next its an okish album.

MrKite
April 8th 2007



5020 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

That was my first. I like this better, though.
Next I'll be trying to get their s/t.

dudeinthepassinglane
July 11th 2007



192 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

This album is so good. I'm gonna have to buy it a fourth time (I keep losing it somehow!)

Ephex
July 11th 2007



730 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

^ Smooth.

Neoteric
November 3rd 2007



3243 Comments


Why do people say this is the best VU album?

Seriously people.



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