Desertshore

Nico - Desertshore
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Based on 112 ratings
1970 Ratings: #8
December 1970 / Release Date
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Reprise / Label
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Inglume
87
[SJO Counter: 35]

I’ve spent all of Friday afternoon trying to type up these SJO album reviews. It’s tiring, I just want it to end, but I’m dedicated. Let me put on some gorgeous avant-folk music to help cheer me up a bit.

So this was a very interesting starting point for me when it comes down to Nico’s discography (excluding her Velvet Underground collab, of course). Desertshore is a fascinating, deep look into the woman behind the artist. The result is a unique folk ... read more
RakkSmells
96
[Genre: Avant-Folk]

WOW. FREAKING, WOW. Once I clicked on this album, I had no idea what to expect. Was I going to get a sweet but eerie folk album like something from The Velvet Underground and Nico? Or was it something much more darker, avant-garde and scary?

Well it certainly wasn't the first one.

Once I heard the first 20 seconds, I stopped everything I was doing. The organs sucked me in like nothing in a song ever could. Once Janitor of Lunacy started playing, I just sat there in shock. ... read more
KIDWITHGUNs
88
AMAZING!

How beautiful is nothingness!
A freshness fills the morning wind ;
The silence is deafening
No mist obscures, nor cloud, nor speck, nor stain,
Breaks the serene of heaven:
In full orbed glory yonder moon of my divine grace
Beneath my steady ray
The desert circle grows and ages
The ocean is empty
How beautiful is nothingness...

VIBES - °WASTELAND FROM DBZ○
Toasterqueen12
96
Number: 35

The second Nico started singing it was like she ran up and punched me in the gut to release all my energy so she could send my soul out of my body. This shit SHATTERED me. Gone is the Nico from the banana album who sings over a tambourine, all that’s left is a goddess of death leading the masses to their fate. If Deafheaven is what you hear when the world catches on fire and burns us all to death, this is what you hear when the world grows cold and we all freeze to death. I ... read more
eliiiiiiii
95
Nico has come to an artist realization in her third studio album; culminating what she was building with The Marble Index, and presenting one of the most strange, frightening but boldly beautiful albums I've heard. Nico's vocal performance is incredibly powerful and delightful, but yet it sets the tone for the eerie and hypnotizing strangeness of the record with her weirdly unique tone and her poetic, abstract, sometimes even painful n/or disturbing songwriting, that significantly evolved since ... read more
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