The Velvet Underground
The Velvet Underground


5.0
classic

Review

by Kingadamx USER (18 Reviews)
January 14th, 2005 | 35 replies


Release Date: 1969 | Tracklist


The Band's 3rd Album, released in 1969 after John Cale left the group, was released to no critical acclaim and hardly any consumer interest. This is definetly the band's softest album, which was quite a change after White Light/White Heat. This album isn't nearly as psychedelic as The Velvet Undeground anc Nico but not as poppy as Loaded. It is almost as if the band had found their own medium in this record.

1. Candy Says - This is a really relaxing song. The guitar chords in the background just make you kind of at ease. This song encompasses some amazing songwriting ability. There are some excellent vocal harmonies near the end of the song.
Rating: 5/5

2. What Goes On - This song has great rhythm guitar in it. There is an organ in the background heightening the band's sound. The guitar solo in the middle of the song is executed nicely with a strange effect on the guitar. The song ends with some rhythm guitar play.
Rating: 4/5

3. Some Kinda Love - The guitar riff in this song gives off a bright feel. This song is a little repetitive until the very end of the song where the guitar changes a little bit. Other than that the vocals are done great by Reed.
Rating: 3.4/5

4. Pale Blue Eyes - The guitar melody in the background gives a very ambient sense. There is a litte guitar solo in the middle of the song just seems to take you away like a Jerry Garcia solo. There is a nice bass line in this song.
Rating: 3.8/5

5. Jesus - The guitar accompaniment to the vocals is great. The backing vocals just lift you up. This song could make you be uplifted more than any Chrstian Rock Band could. This is one of my favorite cuts off of this album. There is a nice little interlude in the middle of the song.
Rating: 5/5

6. Beginning to See the Light - The album picks up the pace with a heavy rocker with a strong rhythm guitar backing. The chorus has backing vocals that slow the song down a little bit, but Reed brings back the verse with his great lead vocals. The band just plays their hardest on this cut.
Rating: 4.5/5

7. I'm Set Free - The band starts out very slow and then starts to heighten up. But it is followed by a very slow verse again. the guitar solo is done at the peak of the song when the band heightens themselves up. The backing vocals near the end of the song bring the band up again.
Rating: 4/5

8. That's the Story of My Life - The percussion gives a very odd sounding beat. This is a short filler song that has a nice bluesy sort of guitar solo in the middle of the song.
Rating: 3.5/5

9. Murder Mystery - The song starts out with some great heightening rhythm guitar which slows down into an organ solo. There are people talking in the background which can not be understood because they are talking at the same time and very fast, this is used as a chorus. The vocals are done in a very mellow tone which eases the song after the heavy talking. This is the most unique song on the album. If you listen to the words they tell about killing people and some various phrases at some points. The end of the song is played by a piano and the song is being sung at a very strange rhythm and tone which ends with someone banging on the piano giving an eerie feel to an end of an eerie song.
Rating: 5/5

10. After Hours - Maureen Tucker sings the lead on this song. This song is really catchy and I believe it is a perfect way to end this album. The songwriting is just great and it was a great choice to have it sung by a woman.
Rating: 4.5/5

This is not the best Velvet Underground album nor is it the worst. I find that encompasses great songwriting and playing by one of the most influential bands of the Twentieth Century. If you are new to the velvets this wouldn't be a bad place to start.



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Comments:Add a Comment 
themightyquinn23
September 5th 2004


54 Comments


Good review. I'm posting in here because I hage it when nobody posts in my reviews. I haven't heard any of the songs on here to be honest. From what I have heard, this is their weakest album. Loaded is pretty good, but their debut album is just phenominal.

Tangy zizzle
September 5th 2004


253 Comments


Good review. Good album.

:thumb:

Zmev
July 17th 2005


983 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Great album and great review. It confused me that the Velvet Underground would have a song called Jesus based on what their first 2 albums were about mostly. Is it just me or does Moe Tucker sound about 8 years old?

masada
July 17th 2005


2733 Comments


This is my second favorite VU album. It's relaxing and very enjoyable.

Robert Crumb
Emeritus
July 17th 2005


165 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

This is my favorite Velvets album.

masada
July 17th 2005


2733 Comments


Aww h3ll n4w, you bes' not be frontin' =cO

masada
July 17th 2005


2733 Comments


Yes, yes I do.

calgone
May 13th 2006


48 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

mmmmmmm!

NickyMaLONE
May 28th 2006


6 Comments


favorite vu album of the to i own but being the other their debut album.

Two-Headed Boy
July 28th 2006


4527 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

I need to review this. It's pretty close to a classic.

ToolBox
August 21st 2006


26 Comments


Giving "Pale Blue Eyes" a 3.8 is a travesty.

Two-Headed Boy
September 2nd 2006


4527 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

But giving Jesus a 5/5 is worse.

El_Goodo
September 11th 2006


1013 Comments


I've heard Candy Says and Pale Blue Eyes off their Gold best of album. And those are two of my favourite tracks off that double-disc compilation.

Jimmy
March 15th 2007


729 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

I finally bought this album this past weekend, and all I can say is wow. I feel like I'm being hypnotized listening to murder mystery.

Kaleid
March 15th 2007


741 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Murder Mystery is cool, espcially cos its through two speakers.

I like Pale Blue Eyes. for sheer beauty

Zmev
March 15th 2007


983 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Pale Blue Eyes is the best track on here.



This is probably my second or third favorite from the band, either this or Loaded which may be perfect.

MrKite
April 1st 2007


5020 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Afte hearing VU & Nico I need some more. This is most likely what I'll be buying next.This Message Edited On 04.11.07

dudeinthepassinglane
July 11th 2007


192 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

I wouldn't call VU&Nico psychedelic by any means.



Otherwise a good review.



If you like Candy and Pale, Goodo, get the whole album. Any track except the last two is very representative what the album is: minimalisr, and very soft. Brilliant album, even if it is the VU odd child.



Calgone: Love your Ski Free avatar.

jrowa001
June 18th 2008


8752 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

i finally got to listening to a Velvet album. this is really good. ill probably raise my rating. and ill be getting my hands on their other albums soon.

EStreetFan
June 18th 2008


89 Comments


Great review, great album. I still think White Light/White Heat is their best. The debut suffers by virtue of the fact that it features Nico. This is either second or third.



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