The Velvet Underground and Nico

We recommend you check out Alain Dupuis’ pick episode for The Velvet Underground and Nico before reading and listening to our reviews below.

  • Would we recommend?
  • Influence us and our tastes?
  • Overall?

Review of The Velvet Underground: The Velvet Underground and Nico

Alain’s pick for March 2023 had us listen to The Velvet Underground’s debut album, The Velvet Underground and Nico, which was released in 1967, but failed to really make a splash on the music scene until nearly a decade after its release for a variety of reasons.

We all understood that The Velvet Underground comes with a sort of reverence in the music world for being highly influential on the shape of rock music, but none except for Darren had much experience with their music, so we weren’t really sure what to expect. Upon listening, some of us were surprised at how accessible the album (or at least many of the tracks) were – This was not the weirdo, experimental, hyper-niche album I think we were bracing for, which probably came as a relief considering how we felt about last month’s review, King Crimson’s In the Court of the Crimson King.

Overall we largely enjoyed this album, kinks, quirks, rough edges and all. While over 50 years old at this point, The Velvet Underground and Nico holds up surprisingly well, which is either a testament to how ahead of its time it was, or just how much The Velvets managed to influence the music that we’ve been listening to since its release.

Is this album for you? Have a listen to our review and see how the strengths and weaknesses line up with your own impressions.

Overall Scores

Overall: 3.75
Influenced our tastes: 3.62
Would we recommend: 4.25

Our Individual Review Scores
Scott C
Influence: 1.5
Recommend: 4
Overall: 2.5

Influence: 5
Recommend: 5
Overall: 5

Scott G
Influence: 3
Recommend: 4
Overall: 3.5

Influence: 5
Recommend: 4
Overall: 4

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