The Velvet Underground - Loaded
Critic Score
Based on 3 reviews
1970 Ratings: #4 / 103
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Based on 493 ratings
1970 Ratings: #23
Liked by 9 people
September 1, 1970 / Release Date
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Cotillion / Label
Pop Rock / Genres
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Sterling Morrison once said of Loaded, "It showed that we could have, all along, made truly commercial sounding records," but just as importantly, it proved they could do so without entirely abandoning their musical personality in the process. It's a pity that notion hadn't occurred to anyone a few years earlier.

The Velvet Underground embrace the pop sensibilities that pervaded their music since their initial release, outputting an album that feels entirely influenced by the pop music of the decade before it but simultaneously looking forward to the rock sound that would come in the next decade. Lou Reed and company reveal themselves to be just as forward-thinking as they always were - Loaded is just a more pressing version of looking forward.

By this point, four albums in, there really was something ... read more
The Velvet Underground finally succumb to the mainstream, losing all sense of experimentation and making nothing but radio-friendly hits, and they somehow still manage to make something truly amazing.

When you think about a group like The Velvet Underground going completely mainstream, you might think that it's going to end up being a complete disaster. For a group who built themselves up as being some of the most experimental for their time, and even when they started going with a more ... read more
The Velvet Underground ditches their experimentation in favor of a completely mainstream sound on "Loaded". Does that mean it fails as a VU record? No. It still has the charisma, writing and fun of the past few records and, while there are a couple of cuts that fall a little bit short of the mark, it's a massively enjoyable "sellout" album overall.

Fav Tracks: Rock & Roll, Oh! Sweet Nuthin', Who Loves The Sun, Sweet Jane, I Found A Reason, Lonesome Cowboy Bill

Least ... read more
In many ways you could say that this is a “sellout” album. Yet it still is true to the velvet underground’s sound and still has its charms.
the progression and history of the velvet underground is a very interesting history to observe. what started out as a avant-garde and proto-punk band began to evolve into a more mainstream and pop influenced direction; take for example their first album: the velvet underground & nico, and compare to this album, loaded. what you'll see is an incredibly different dynamic and a huge stylistic change, what could be the reason behind this? you can argue it was lack of sales and not getting ... read more
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Track List

  1. Who Loves The Sun
  2. Sweet Jane
  3. Rock And Roll
  4. Cool It Down
  5. New Age
  6. Head Held High
  7. Lonesome Cowboy Bill
  8. I Found A Reason
  9. Train Round The Bend
  10. Oh! Sweet Nuthin'
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Added on: February 12, 2013