Chelsea Girl



by Hernan M. Campbell STAFF
April 27th, 2012 | 4 replies | 2,593 views

Release Date: 1967 | Tracklist

Review Summary: "These days, I seem to think a lot about the things that I forgot to do…"

Chelsea Girl induces a very delicate atmosphere, one rich with emotionality. The album opens with "Fairest Of The Seasons", and immediately flourishes with such an exquisite sound. It perfectly acquaints the listener with the overall mood and direction of the album. "Fairest Of The Seasons" has a gentle orchestration, coalescing Folk music with Baroque elements. Most of the album follows a very soft tone, yet at times it alludes an almost melancholic mood. For example, in songs like; "These Days" and "Winter Song", we find Nico taking us to a very a nostalgic place with her every word having us reminisce of both beautiful and heartbreaking experiences throughout our lives.

As the album progresses, we find that Chelsea Girl also reveals an experimental side. "It Was A Pleasure Then" exhibits an avant-garde composition that is very reminiscent of The Velvet Underground's debut album. Of course, this is to no surprise as most of her ex-bandmates from that particular effort collaborated with her in this album. In fact, most of the music was actually written by renowned artists like; Bob Dylan, Jackson Browne, and of course, The Velvet Underground. The only genuine contribution Nico has to offer in this album is her voice, and it exhibits such an 'acquired' beauty. Her vocals are stunning, but in a very restrained way. It has this soothing quality, almost ethereal in sound. Nico has a real feel for the emotion behind the instruments and translates them in her own words. This is a truly remarkable album, one blossoming with a delicate intimacy. Chelsea Girl is a window into the fragility of the human soul, with Nico confessing to us all of her self-doubt, failures, and heartbreaks. But yet there is this undeniable presence of optimism that shines on whatever subject the Nico take us into, as if to express that she has learned to be much wiser because of these experiences. I highly recommend this album, as it will be sure to impress anyone who lends it their attention.

Recent reviews by this author
Broken Bells After The DiscoSound and Fury (FI) Pulsacion
Jail Weddings Meltdown: A Declaration of Unpopular EmotionChick Corea The Vigil
Pond (AUS) Hobo RocketBlack Sabbath 13
user ratings (80)
other reviews of this album
Eric (2.5)

Comments:Add a Comment 
April 27th 2012


Cool pos will check, gotta say your the first person who's put my behind on song recs but I love every bit of that

Digging: Deniro Farrar - The Patriarch II

April 27th 2012


really great review, doesn't seem like an artist i would like but the review was pretty awesome.

Digging: The Wonder Years - The Greatest Generation

Staff Reviewer
April 27th 2012


Album Rating: 4.0

Thanks. your good tastes have literally pushed me into a serious Death Metal phase.

April 27th 2012


Paperback, are in a frenzy mood of writing reviews ? :-P

You have to be logged in to post a comment. Login | Create a Profile


Bands: A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z

Site Copyright 2005-2013
All Album Reviews Displayed With Permission of Authors | Privacy Policy