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By A Customer
This review is from: Chelsea Girl (Audio CD)
This debut album from Nico, I would say is mostly a Donovan-ish folk album and is more conventional in song structure than her second album "The Marble Index". Songwriters on the album include Nico's Velvet Underground companions Lou Reed and John Cale, as well as Bob Dylan and Jackson Browne. The album has a very simple feel to it with gently strummed accoustic guitar. There is a very mournful and hauntingly beautiful atmosphere throughout. Lou Reed's "Wrap Your Troubles In Dreams" could be one of his best written songs and Velvet Underground fans should like both "It Was A Pleasure Then" and "Chelsea Girls". Other favourite songs on the album include the beautiful "Eulogy To Lenny Bruce", "These Days" and Bob Dylan's "I'll Keep It With Mine" (these latter two are among the more upbeat tracks on a generally beautifully mournful album). I'm not usually into folk music but I do like this album and would recommend it to anyone who likes Nico's Velvet Underground work.