Chelsea Girl

Nico - Chelsea Girl
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Based on 4 reviews
1967 Ratings: #34 / 57
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Based on 126 ratings
1967 Ratings: #32
October 1, 1967 / Release Date
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I still cannot listen to it, because everything I wanted for that record, they took it away. I asked for drums, they said no. I asked for more guitars, they said no. And I asked for simplicity, and they covered it in flutes! They added strings and – I didn't like them, but I could live with them. But the flute! The first time I heard the album, I cried and it was all because of the flute.
In spite of its age, Nico's 'Chelsea Girl' retains its relevance regardless of the artist's objections to the record overall. It is akin to Lou Reed's S/T 1972 release in that Reed had nothing very kind to say about his own record, either. Regardless, Nico ever the sour puss... Perpetually bleak, sullen and morose accomplished a mere 50 years on this planet before succumbing to her taste for narcotics. Did you have a different outcome in mind for this ice queen? For me, I revisit this LP once ... read more
Call it cheesy, glossy or whatever, but Nico's debut LP still sounds charming and distinct as hell up until today. Sure, it doesn't help that it really does pale next to the amazing things she did later in her career, but there is a convict sense of beauty in this collection of folk covers, plus, that eight-minute proto-gothic sound of It Was a Pleasure Then reveals the genius of the german lady's iconic artistic vision.
The sound of the strings and flutes on this record doesn't go well with Nico's voice. Instrumentals on most of the songs sounds like they belong to a soundtrack of a Disney fairy tale movie while Nico's vocals are full of sadness and melancholy. And these two doesn't seem to fit together. I would give this album a much higher rating if flutes were removed and if the strings fit her voice just like in her second album's 3rd track "No One Is There".

Favourite Tracks: The Fairest of the ... read more
When I knew: I would dress in all black, light a fake cigarette, and sing 'Chelsea Girls' while staring out the window. I was eight years old; I just loved the mood.
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Track List

  1. The Fairest of the Seasons
  2. These Days
  3. Little Sister
  4. Winter Song
  5. It Was a Pleasure Then
  6. Chelsea Girls
  7. I'll Keep It With Mine
  8. Somewhere There's a Feather
  9. Wrap Your Troubles in Dreams
  10. Eulogy to Lenny Bruce
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