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Camera Obscura

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  • Audio CD (1 Jan. 2001)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Beggars Banquet
  • ASIN: B0000072K5
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
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Out of all the members of the Velvet Underground only Nico remained true. Each album moves on from where the last one left off, digging deeper into the underground. It's a strange journey from VU & Nico to this album. Never one to compromise, she was a true artist. A lot of reveiwers give this album a hard time, just give it a chance and listen to it for what it is, the end of a dark road travelled by a tortured soul. Don't expect another Chelsea Girl, Nico wasn't the same person at this point in her life. I treasure all 26 of the albums I have by her and, like a mother with her children, I love them all.
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This album seems to have been slated. Yes, it is largely electronic and that, of course, means that the technology was of its time and not of 2013 or later. Yes, it is as distinct as 'Desert Shore' was from 'Chelsea Girl', as 'Drama of Exile' was from 'The End'. It represents constant innovation from this true pioneer: one of the most uncompromising artists in the music industry. As well as cold desperation sung without a molecule of sensationalism, there is spine tingling sensitivity of the most highly accomplished musical craft. Other than inferior plagiarists, you will never hear another album that sounds anything like this; it is a work of art: an aural, astral, and cerebral experience for the whole being.
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I really like this album. Its pervading sound - cold and electronic, but with an undertow of Eastern mysticism - finds Nico attempting to update her music for the mid 1980s, and it's a largely successful endeavour. The critics who rushed to slate it upon its release conveniently overlooked the fact that it's at least as good as anything (producer) John Cale released during the same decade, while Lou Reed's '80s oeuvre didn't come anywhere close to Camera Obscura singularly bleak vision. Cale was evidently v. impressed with it as he borrowed The Faction, Nico's backing band at the time, for his own next album, the bitterly disappointing Artificial Intelligence.
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Nico's final studio album, recorded in 1985, is a sad and rather depressing end to a career otherwise marked by eccentricity, uniqueness and brilliance. As is clear, I am a huge fan of Nico's music and I therefore approached this album with as open a mind as possible, looking for any positives, but there are few. What is clear is the extent to which, by 1985, Nico was being used by others for their own benefit, clearly not for her's - heroin addiction and increasing mental problems had made her seemingly unable to realise, or possibly even to care, that this was so.
Many brief overviews of Nico's career depict Camera Obscura as a close relation to, and natural successor to, her 1981 album Drama of Exile. The reality is nothing of the sort. Although Drama of Exile is a little patchy, its main weak points being Nico's ill-advised covers of The Velvet Underground's "Waiting for the Man" and David Bowie's "Heroes" (in each case, Nico attempting to right perceived wrongs of the past) the album as a whole is good. This is mainly due to the sympathetic backing she received from her assembled musicians.
However, by 1985, Nico had moved on, largely due to the death of her chief collaborator in this backing band, Philippe Quilichini. For Camera Obscura she linked up with two musicians from Manchester, one of whom was James Young, the keyboard player who would go on to document life on the road with Nico at this time in the book "Songs They Never Play on the Radio." Gone was the Drama of Exile soundscape, mixing new-wave rock with eastern harmonies, replaced by an unremittingly cold and bleak sound.
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Amazon.com: 4.9 out of 5 stars 7 reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars 13 Oct. 2014
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Amazing CD, fast shipping, great shape, thank you!
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Electronic Goth 10 Mar. 2006
By Phil - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
This is a great Nico album, once again produced by John Cale. But unlike their earlier collaborations, this one is far more electronic. A track like "Fearfully in Danger" is not terribly far removed from Gary Numan. Some may find this one more accessible than the beyond-goth of "Marble Index".

The one exception to the electronics is the mournful and jazzy version of "My Funny Valentine". That song has been covered hundreds of times and yet when I hear anyone do it I now always think of Nico's version.

I'd also like to recommend the book "The End" written by her keyboardist on this album. It's a sad, scary yet funny book about Nico's later years and a good thing to read while listening to "Camera Obscura".
9 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars THE BEST 1 Jun. 2004
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
This album contains some of the best music I have ever laid
ears on. I have never heard anything like this before. In the
aftermath of listening to this I discovered that not only was I
really experiencing something new, I was becoming someone new.
Moreover, this is just some great music and it truly surprises
you once you start to listen.
Although no words can describe this artist I would definitly
say that they are cosmic, novel, crazy, and very hard to find.
So if you want to broaden your musical horizons, then pick this
herald to the coming of a new age of music. You won't ever want
or need another album, after this. You'll never take it out or
leave it behind. Trust me this is the greatest album that has
ever been made!
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Yet Another Masterpiece from Nico 2 Sept. 2006
By B. Eyyuboglu - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
If you are expecting to hear songs resembling Nico's early works then you will be a little bit surprised with this one. But this doesnt mean that you will not like the album. Even though the spirit of this album remains to be on the darker side (as usual), there is a different taste that you may find in each song. Along with other songs in here especially My Funny Valentine, Das Lied von Einsamen Madchen and Konig will blow your mind.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Haunting 5 Jan. 2007
By NateMonroe - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Every one of Nico's albums had a diiferent haunting quality about them. It is hard to believe someone with all the issues she faced was able to produce such masterpieces. On this album, she takes a slightly more mainstream direction, but it's still Nico all the way. "Das Lied Von Einsanen Madchens" is simply beautiful. And Nico's voice is even deeper yes...almost otherwordly.
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