White Light/White Heat

The Velvet Underground - White Light/White Heat
Critic Score
Based on 5 reviews
1968 Ratings: #21 / 67
User Score
Based on 495 ratings
1968 Ratings: #4
January 30, 1968 / Release Date
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CRITIC REVIEWS

100
AllMusic

While The Velvet Underground and Nico sounded like an open challenge to conventional notions of what rock music could sound like (or what it could discuss), 1968's White Light/White Heat was a no-holds-barred frontal assault on cultural and aesthetic propriety.

100
Pitchfork
When the Velvet Underground's second album descended on the world in January, 1968, nobody was ready for it. As the story goes, it was a relentless, screeching, thudding, scoffing assault on the pop sensibilities of its time.
90
PopMatters
It’s difficult but never (or almost never) intentionally so. It’s aggressive but never nihilistic. It’s noisy but within that noise is beautiful sounds, brilliant songs.
80
Rolling Stone

Most hard-core and No Wave fringe rock today has nothing on White Light/White Heat for sheer industrial discord and locomotive propulsion.

70
Sputnikmusic

White Light/White Heat stands against beauty, like Frankenstein masquerading behind the withered portrait of Dorian Grey. And while beauty is certainly in the eye of the beholder, anything in the world can be quantified and standardized to a point-nine-nine-nine degree sense of objectivity, if so desired.

exception
100
This album was the beginning of noise rock. This album was the beginning of avant-garde aspects being used in rock. This album was the starting point for genres like shoegaze, which utilize noise and unorthodox styles of production. TVU crafted such a pristine album in White Light/White Heat that writing about it really doesn't do it any justice. It is impossible to stop mid-album, as the flow is so consistent and there is always something to look ahead to. It is argued by millions what ... read more
JoaoSantos
100
I’m beyond amazed!!!

Favorite Tracks: THIS IS A MASTERPIECE ALL THE TRACKS ARE GOLD BUT SPECIALLY SISTER RAY

Least Favorite Tracks: THIS IS PERFECT
maximoose
100
edit: get this back up to a 90 you fucking twats
This is my true favorite Velvet Underground album, and it's quickly become one of my all-time favorites. Their debut with Nico was an amazing, experimental rock masterpieces with the perfect blend of poppier tracks to make an orgasmic listen, but on White Light/White Heat, they just went completely off the fucking wall. This album is fucking insane inside and out. They truly came into form with their second record and my god is it amazing.
Plats
100
While "The Velvet Underground & Nico" laid the groundwork for a sound way ahead of its time, "White Light/White Heat" perfects it into what is, in my opinion, their greatest achievement in the up-and-coming underground music scene. THIS is the true godfather of noise rock, which might actually be unintentional since the poor budget and feedback issues are the key factors into making this noisy and overbearing atmosphere. The instrumentals are meticulously-arranged and ... read more
DEEPSLEEP
100
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Track List

  1. White Light/White Heat
  2. The Gift
  3. Lady Godiva's Operation
  4. Here She Comes Now
  5. I Heard Her Call My Name
  6. Sister Ray
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