The Velvet Underground


Probably the least referenced record in the Velvet's classic four-LP run, the band's self-titled third is a sharp detour from its abrasive predecessor White Light/White Heat. Rather than punk-birthing rave-ups or pounding tributes to hard drugs, the record is a positively soothing listen, full of mellow ballads like "Candy Says" and "Pale Blue Eyes" that highlight some of Lou Reed's loveliest vocals ever. If the VU catalogue were compared to a basketball team, this album would be the journeyman small forward that holds everything together.

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