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  • Audio CD (19 Mar. 2007)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Universal / Island
  • ASIN: B000001E2U
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 111,322 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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  6. We've Got The Gold 5:37£0.99  Buy MP3 
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  8. Das Lied Der Deutschen 5:29£0.99  Buy MP3 

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25 of 26 people found the following review helpful By Matt Greenslade on 20 Dec. 2002
Format: Audio CD
An experimental mixture of electronic noise, haunting vocals, and surreal lyrics that somehow comes together to create a masterpiece of subtle, timeless, but desperately emotional music.
Its hard to listen to Nico's work without placing it in the context of her life and death, but this steps outside all that and simply stands alone on its own merit.
Once you've heard this anything else that claims to be 'gothic' simply fails miserably.
Its beautiful, poetic, savage, and very dark, and it leaves you feeling vulnerable, enchanted, and totally spaced out.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Peter Uys HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWER on 28 Mar. 2007
Format: Audio CD
Nico on voice and harmonium is assisted by Phil Manzanera on guitar, Eno on synths and producer John Cale on a range of instruments including bass, xylophone, organ, glockenspiel and piano. Together they create a bleak and chilling musical landscape for Nico's funereal vocals.

All compositions are by Nico, except The End by The Doors and Das Lied Der Deutschen by German romantic composer August Heinrich von Fallersleben. If her contributions to the Velvet Underground were melancholy, this music is way beyond lugubrious, but quite listenable on account of the great arrangements.

Of her own songs, the atmospheric You Forget To Answer, the frightening Innocent And Vain with its terrifying sound efects and the morbid Valley Of The Kings stand out; they all fall within the realm of the art song. Nico's accented pronunciation contributes to the almost classical feel.

The End and Das Lied Der Deutschen are something else. The first is well-produced, as awesome as the original and serves as a suitable introduction to the second, which is the highlight, or lowlight, of the album. Scary stuff, not for the faint of heart. To hear Nico rocking out, I recommend the album Drama Of Exile.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 10 Dec. 2000
Format: Audio CD
This album is thoroughly bleak, and yet strangely enchanting. The austere minimalism of the vocal and harmonium parts gives it an almost medieval feel (it has the sort of gloomy beauty found in Gregorian chant) - but this is counterbalanced perfectly with an ambient backdrop by Brian Eno and John Cale (who produced the album). The combination of these two musical elements gives the album a unique and modern sound, so different from anything else you've ever heard that it will never date. If you are depressed by bleak music, avoid this album - but if you like your beauty on the stark side, but it now!
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This was my first Nico album and always one that I return to. It is more similar to The Marble Index than Desertshore, as it is more thematically linked. The End also happens to be the darkest, most gothic album done by Nico from this trilogy and is definately the hardest listen.

The instrumentation here is much sparser than on the previous records, further adding to that desolate emptiness that pervades a lot of Nico's work. This is done to full effect on You Forget To Answer, what with the sweeping synth of Eno, Cale's piano hammering and Nico's vocals darker and more defeated than ever. Weariness is a big theme of this album, which makes sense as it is called The End after all. The other reason it is called The End is because it contains a cover of The Doors' song of the same title. Nico's version is definately darker than their version and the weariness is so strong inside of her that as the song reaches its climax, Nico can only manage an elongated groan as appose to Morrission's enormous yelps and screams. It is a highlight for me, coming write after the creepiest Nico song on the album, We've Got The Gold, which contains some of Nico's most cryptic lyrics ever.

The album opens misleadingly with the gentle tones of a xylophone fading into Nico's harmonium. But by the time the harmonium takes the stage, you know that this is going to be a dark ride, especially when Nico drones, La, la, la, la, la, la... with a haunting chior right from the souls of entombed ghosts. Despite the fact that Nico does sound weary on this record, it is songs like Secret Side and Valley of The Kings that really show off her vocal ability and prove that she still has the power in her voice so that she does not simply drone in a monotone, as the critics lazily say of her vocal styles.
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I was on the edge of giving this three stars; but I've relented because I think it's suffering in comparison to Nico's previous two albums, which have just been re-released in an expanded edition as 'The Frozen Borderline'. Partly it's because it's not as well re-mastered as the new release of those albums; but it is definitely the weakest of the three, regardless. It suffers from meandering tunes and too much busy accompaniment from guest musicians Brian Eno and Phil Manzanera. I think it works better with just Nico's harmonium and John Cale doing the rest. Also, I think the material was stronger in 'The Marble Index' and 'Desertshore'.

So, if you're looking to investigate Nico's austere, brilliant work after the folky 'Chelsea Girl', I'd start with 'The Marble Index' and work forward to this. I'd also investigate the live version of 'The End' on the Kevin Ayres/John Cale/Nico/Eno album 'June 1, 1974'

I'd say this rates 3 and a half stars, with the hope of a properly remastered version sometime. To hear the difference check out the same tracks from this album which also feature on the remastered 'The Classic Years' compilation.
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