The Velvet Underground
White Light/White Heat


4.5
superb

Review

by Badmoon USER (65 Reviews)
January 14th, 2005 | 29 replies


Release Date: 1968 | Tracklist


White Light/White Heat


#292 on the R.S 500 greatest albums list.
Tracklist

Band
Lou Reed - Guitar, Vocals
John Cale - Viola, Bass, Vocals
Sterling Morrison - Guitar, Bass, Vocals
Maureen Tucker - Percussion

Releaced: 1968

I'm just going to came strait out and say this. If you consider yourself artistically retarded, you hate change, you get annoyed easily, and you can not see inner beauty through ugliness. Then you will probably not care much for this album.

In 1967, The Velvet Underground dropped Nico and Andy Warhol, who were sometimes refered to as the artistic input of the band, though they were not even in the band. Through doing that they set aside all of the old gimicks from the previous and debut album The Velvet Underground and Nico . And oddly enough, they came up with a more experimental, and artistic album than when they had Warhol and Nico. Which is very strange being as that Warhol was a famous and very abstract artist.

The album combines elements that are very annoying at times, but in the end (A few listens later), most will relise that there is beauty in the album, and it is a big step forward in the world of Rock N Roll. Though it may seem strange and dissonant, try to be opened minded when taking your first listen of White Light/White Heat.

1. White Light/White Heat: This opening track is terribley recorded, which may be on purpose, but my not be. The song is incredibly catchy, and as many other V.U songs, it seems so be about some kind of drug. "White Light/White Heat" is one of those songs that you start to love after a period of time, that basically goes for the album too. 5/5

2. The Gift: "The Gift" is a spoken song that runs at a slightly long 8:16. Cale speaks the lyrics of a story the Lou Reed had written. It is quite funny the first time you hear this number. The background music combines a nice drum led rythm and beat, with a good amount of distortion. That is, in a way, assaulted by Reed. 4/5

3. Lady Godiva"s Operation: Here's a song a great song. It combines most of the elements that The Velvet Underground were known for. It has a nice drum beat, by Tucker who use to turn her bass drum upside down so she could keep a a betterbeat. A little after the half way point on this song, Lou and Cale start finshing each other's sentences. And backing vocals that are very hard to hear, start whispering lyrics. Which is quite freaky. I love this song. 4.5/5

4. Here She Comes Now: Instrumentally, this song is very lovely. Vocally, not as much so. Though still great. The track runs at a short 2:02, and doesn't have much change. so there really isn't that much more to say. 4/5

5. I Heard Her Call My Name: This song sounds like a mix of The Beach Boys, Sonic Youth, The Beatles, and George Thurogood. The guitar playing is fabulous, and the rest of the instruments playing great. The vocals are sang nicely, with good backing and lead. The song is just amp torture, with one long great solo, with words. 3.5/5

6. Sister Ray: "Sister Ray" runs at an extremely long 17:27. It is based around a simple guitar riff, that each instrument adds on to. John Cale adds some great viola playing to the song, with a solo. There is also an organ used in the song that adds a nice psychedelic feel to it, that this album lacks compared to The Velvet Underground and Nico. The song is nothing that special to me. It is probably the lowlight on the album, in my opinion atleast. 2.5/5

I'll give this album a 4.3/5 for the reason that it explores so much, and is such a change fot The V.U and Rock n Roll.



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Comments:Add a Comment 
Luxor
March 21st 2004


166 Comments


Meh, it's a decent record. Not my favourite Velvet Underground album though.

ZEROthirtythree
March 21st 2004


234 Comments


sorry but i dont like this cd . Ill stick with The Velvet Underground and Nico

Badmoon
March 21st 2004


384 Comments


^ Open your minds children!!!!



Thanks for posting your opinions.

Scott Herren
March 21st 2004


192 Comments


"The Gift" was responsible for the creation of the universe. DON'T TAKE IT FOR GRANTED.

The NPC
March 21st 2004


101 Comments


[QUOTE=ZEROthirtythree]sorry but i dont like this cd . Ill stick with The Velvet Underground and Nico[/QUOTE]

Maybe I don't love you. Anyway, White Light/White Heat is one of the greatest albums of all time in my mind. This album alone is what made me want to create music of my own. Noise Rock owes alot to this album.

woofwoofwoof
June 10th 2005


156 Comments


wow.. sister ray 2.5? yeesh! its the best song on there!

Badmoon
June 11th 2005


384 Comments


I should completely redo this review. My views on this album have greatly changed; I think it is much much worse.

masada
June 11th 2005


2733 Comments


This is the Velvet Underground's best album, in my opinion. "Sister Ray" becomes truly fascinating and hypnotic after it gets going. "The Gift"...oh..."The Gift"! If it were a person, I would romance it for hours on end.

Zmev
July 17th 2005


983 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

The Gift rocks, that guy got pwned hard. Good album, even if it is a tad short on songs.

masada
February 3rd 2006


2733 Comments


"Sister Ray" is amazing. Badmoon is silly.


:mad:This Message Edited On 02.03.06

SeizureToday
August 24th 2006


14 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Yeah, the review's good except for the distaste of "Sister Ray". But opinions opinions.

tomwaits4noman
December 13th 2007


91 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Sister ray gave birth to Sonic Youth



Other than that good review



Enotron
November 1st 2009


7695 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I shall check this album out



edit on december 3rd, 2009: Starting to check this out, and i must say, the first track is indeed punk rockish.

lovechuck
August 7th 2010


12 Comments


a great album loved this one for years,

ckunke002
March 7th 2013


1033 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

"My views on this album have greatly changed; I think it is much much worse."



Nah you were right when you wrote the review. It's a great album. Sister Ray slays though... that was the low point of the review

demigod!
March 7th 2013


49295 Comments


i've only heard & Nico and i didn't like it as much as I expected

ckunke002
March 7th 2013


1033 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

i started listening with the self titled, then this, then nico, and then loaded... At first i only liked the self titled but then this and nico nailed me. You should get some good headphones and blast all 17 minutes of sister ray and see if it doesn't make you a fan.

ckunke002
March 7th 2013


1033 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Also listen to the self titled.. it's pretty sweet

demigod!
March 7th 2013


49295 Comments


haha if anything i'll just get this album. I should probably re-jam & Nico, too.


ckunke002
March 7th 2013


1033 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

you owe it to yourself, good sir. I still think i like this and self-titled better than nico



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