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Not For The Faint Hearted,
By A Customer
This review is from: White Light / White Heat (Audio CD)
After their first classic album The Velvet Underground and Nico produced by Andy Warhol reached no higher than something like 197 in the charts you'd think The Velvets might have gone for something a little more accesible, but being the The Velvet Underground they made one of the most unaccseible albums in rock history. It's often gained the title "The worlds most telling drug album" which is certainly true there's no way out of this album its a non stop attack of incredibly loud and uncomprimising guitar music with simple drum patterns and genuinely bizzare lyrics that range over a series of unpleasent topics. The songs have no clever production or intelligent twists they are simply two or three chords played over and over for a while, or in the case of "Sister Ray" 17 minutes, while Lou Reed or John Cale Sing and yell poetic lyrics into the microphone, or in the case of "The Gift" a rarther strange and unpleasent story.
But with all that, in fact probably because of it, this is an incredible album with great songs that has turned out to be incredibly influencial over the years, in fact its hard to believe it was released as long ago as 1968.
So there you have it an incredible album that any die hard rock fan should have just don't buy it for your 6 year old neices birthday.