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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant - but check out "The Frozen Borderline", 15 Oct 2007
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Matthew McIntyre (Leeds, UK.) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Desertshore (Audio CD)
This has been remastered and reissued, along with the equally brilliant "The Marble Index", as a 2 CD set called "The Frozen Borderline". The remastering on the new release is superior to that here, and there are bonus tracks as well. So, it's definitely worth considering getting that version instead (especially if you don't already own "The Marble Index").
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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars not unlike stumbling across a priceless unknown treasure...., 10 Feb 2003
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This review is from: Desertshore (Audio CD)
Despite being aware of some of Nico's music for the last 15 or so years, I was unaware of the existence of 'desertshore' until about two weeks ago. I'd heard the 'marble index' once years back then and wasn't too keen really (a feeling that's totally reversed recently).
Back to the desertshore.....not sure what to say really......it's just incredible; extremely haunting, poignant, dramatic, dark, light, heartbreaking, joyous.....more tuneful than the amazing Marble Index....far superior to Chelsea Girls..... haven't heard 'The End' yet...
In fact, no music has affected me quite like this since Lennon/Plastic Ono Band, incidentally released at the same time (12/70).....must have been something in the water perhaps??
powerful, dark, beautiful and pure.....it sounds so far ahead of it's time it's no wonder it never sold well in it's day....perhaps it's time is now..........
A true masterpiece of music, lyrics and voice......unlike anything else I've ever heard..........
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Part Two of The Sublime Trilogy, 24 Oct 2012
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(Again I shall note that it might be useful to check out The Frozen Borderline, which can be bought for around the same price and contains this album, plus The Marble Index and a welcome host of bonus tracks to sink your teeth into).

Desertshore is Nico's most accessible album as well as her most varied, although it is probably still not the stuff for the casual capitol radio listener. All that said if you are interested in Nico, this is probably the best place to begin before taking a step back to The Marble Index, and two steps foward to The End. Desertshore is usually seen as Nico's crowning achievement and in some respects this is true, for this is the only album where she gets the balance of darkness and light correct. Good examples of this are the beautiful Piano and String led ballad, Afraid, as well as The Falconer, which starts of quite dark, but just before it begins to grate, Cale masterfully subdues Nico's harmonium to bring in more of that tender piano. Another tender effort is the almost acapella, My Only Child, which contains some wonderful harmony vocals.

An oddity on this album is the one minute long Le Petit Chevalier, sung by Nico's eight year old son, Ari. Initially it joined the lighter tracks, though there is something disturbing in the way the young boy's breath can be heard over the creepy instrumentation guiding his words.

Janitor of Lunacy is one of Nico's best known songs and it is truly a career highlight, containing one of her best vocal performances, of which there are many on this album, particularly on the ballad, Afraid. Lunacy introduces the album and really begins the eastern feel already sparked by the wonderful album cover. Nico sings two songs here in full German, these being the fiercly string led, Abschied, a dark song before the tender Afraid and then we have Mutterlein, with sinister vocal harmonies, crashing piano chords and Nico's trademark drone combined with harmonium. These two are both haunting tracks and about Nico's own mother, who passed away before the album was made.

The final song contains the title lyric "desertshore" and like Janitor of Lunacy, has quite an egyptian feel to it. I particularly like this track because of Nico's spoken "meet me on the desertshore," line, alone with more of John Cale's wonderful instrumentation around Nico's masterful harmonium tunes. It acts as a fitting conclusion to this album.

As you can see there is a lot that this album has to offer. On Desertshore, Nico has subdued the experimentation towards the pshycadelic atmosphere that The Marble Index conjoured, for a more varied sound. Here Nico explores several different themes and ideas, giving a more varied record and in this case, Desertshore is her best. However, if you want to feel the real darkness or power of Nico's work you need to look either at The End or The Marble Index, which are more consistent in those terms. Nevertheless, Desertshore remains Nico's second masterpiece with one more still to come.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Desertshore, 27 Dec 2013
This review is from: Desertshore (Audio CD)
I received Desert shore which I enjoy very much. Nico's singing style is unique. I have only recently started to collect her records after I followed the Velvet Underground and it's members. Sadly she died so young which makes her records all the more poignant.
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4 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars not that i like to attach little yellow stars to things..., 16 Dec 2002
This review is from: Desertshore (Audio CD)
...but i had to attach those stupid little yellow stars to it otherwise they wouldnt have put this review up..oh well, very nice, um, not quite as nice as marble index (atmospherically speaking) you know: delicate textures n that are not quite as prevelant on this one. john cale's influence? i dont know but it is still a very good album. be very carefull if your mixing this with marble index tracks on a nico compilation as the flow of sound that one tries to create across the running order can end up getting quite complex. the two tracks mutterlein and abscheid must sound quite breathtaking ser against the film that they were composed for (which nico also appeared in it seems) well, um, certainly bridges the gap nicely between marble index and the end, ok?
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