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Drama of Exile

Nico Audio CD
3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)

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  • Audio CD (26 Aug 1996)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: See for Miles
  • ASIN: B000024MM5
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 409,577 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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5.0 out of 5 stars 1983 Version 16 Oct 2013
Format:Audio CD
I have tried to be clear by contributing separate reviews for the 2 distinct releases but Amazon have grouped them as a product so that any review appears on all editions. There are numerous editions and the only major distinctions are that: the 'Femme Fatale: The Aura Anthology' offers great value for money because it also includes demos, outtakes, and the previously released 'Chelsea Live' album; the Buda Edition is dubbed from vinyl and has lesser quality sound reproduction compared to the original vinyl and CD releases; each different edition features either minor or substantial differences in artwork and information. However, my point (see below) is that there are 2 strikingly different releases of 'Drama of Exile'. One story has it that the partially completed tapes were stolen and sold to Aura who promptly released the album much to Nico's dismay who then re-recorded the album. Another story is that Nico was under contractual obligation to Aura but dissatisfied with either them or the release or both so she simply made the album again and released that 2nd recording with Invisible Records. I prefer the second story but hey.

Over the years, the two separate releases have become muddled in numerous editions and re-releases. The first release is easy to identify because it is owned by Aura. The second release is most easily identified in the Czechoslovakian edition released by Rakos Records as RR01 wherein the album is called 'The Drama of Exile' and has a black and white cover. That release is essentially the same as the Czechoslovakian edition released by TomK, although the TomK release is earlier and has a different black and white cover.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Patchy genius 13 Feb 2001
Format:Audio CD
Okay, so occasionally Drama of Exile lurches into turgid rock territory... but have a heart, the woman wasn't well at the time, you only have to look at the cover pic to see that. But the odd flat moment is more than made up for by the highlights, and there are plenty. Orly Flight, Genghis Khan and Purple Lips are all pure, classic Nico, while the haunting Sixty Forty, with its repetitive drum pattern and funereal melody, is among the five best tracks Nico ever made - including her stuff with the Velvets. When you hear her droning "New York Lower East Side fame, in a golden circle game... You can hear the hell-bells praying" (whatever that means) you'll be instantly converted. If only she hadn't taken that last bike ride...
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4.0 out of 5 stars Also reissued with a different title 25 Sep 2007
Format:Audio CD
This was reissued with some extra tracks as 'Femme Fatale: The Aura Anthology', so it's worth checking that release out as well. At the time of this review, it's still available brand new and the price is lower than those offered here.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Dramatic and noisy 19 July 2005
By E. A Solinas HALL OF FAME TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:Audio CD
Goth godmother Nico was always her best in front of a spare instrumentation section. Even in the Velvet Underground, her songs tended to be relatively simple and spare; when she departed the Underground, her songs became richer but still simple.

All that flew out the window with "Drama of Exile," a sickly match of Nico's talents with funk-disco art-rock. After the cy grandeur of albums like "The End" and "Chelsea Girl," this screechy disaster buries Nico's talents under a bizarre swirl of incompatible instruments. In other words, it's a mess.

"Ghengis Khan" starts with some thumping drums and squiggly synth. Okay, all right -- every artist has the right to evolve and go in different musical directions. But Nico's voice shows that this wasn't a good direction -- she sounds as distant and computerized as Britney Spears.

Were it only that song, then the album wouldn't be so bad. Unfortunately, the dark, computerized sound continues throughout "Drama of Exile," almost without reprieve. The worst moment is a wildly overproduced cover of the Velvet Underground's "Waiting For the Man," cluttered with sonic noise and robotic vocals.

A few of the songs, however, are more downtempo and simple. "Sixty Forty," "Sphinx" and the quietly swirling "Orly Flight" all have a less dancepoppy flavour, and allow Nico to take center stage. She still sounds rather robotic, but the jangly guitars and chaotic synth aren't taking over the song. At some points, she sounds completely natural.

But alas, the album isn't three songs long. Instead, it's burdened with a series of art-dance songs, which are overloaded with too many instruments playing all at once.
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2 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars VE KAN BE HEROES, JUST FOR VONE DAY 14 July 2000
By Pieter Uys HALL OF FAME TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:Audio CD
Sepulchral,lugubrious, morbid, depressing, but that's Nico! This is not her best album - that honour belongs to The End, Marble Index or Chelsea Girl. The production here is messy (but that may also be considered an advantage by some of her fans!) and the material not up to standard. Except for Heroes and I'm Waiting For My Man which I love. Her version of Heroes is quite impressive in its teutonic grandeur, while Waiting ... swings & rattles along nicely. This album is only for the really devoted.
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