Nico - The End (1974)

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The End is an album by Nico, released in 1974. The album is titled The End... on the cover. It was her fourth release, as well as her fifth collaboration with John Cale and third with him as producer. The album was her darkest, most caustic work yet. It carried the same organic, harmonium-based gothic music heard on The Marble Index and Desertshore, but went one step further with the addition of Brian Eno's synthesizers and electronics. The mix of Nico's gloomy, hypnotic melodies and Eno's synthetic droning, as heard on "Innocent and Vain", produced an atmosphere of brooding apocalyptic destruction. Other songs that aren't as violently dramatic have a lingering distortion to them. "You Forgot To Answer" tells of the misery felt when she failed to reach ex-lover Jim Morrison by phone only to find out later that he had died. It's a simple mix of her vocals, Phil Manzanera's guitar, Cale's piano and Eno's synthesizer death-moans. The sound conjures up the Weimar Republic, with melodies reminiscent of Kurt Weill and angular, distorted electronics symbolic of Expressionism.

All but two of the songs on the album were written by Nico: a cover of the Doors' "The End" and the German national anthem "Das Lied der Deutschen", sung as a form of protest in behalf of terrorist Andreas Baader. Her interpretation of the national song which has been considered by some critics as the most significant interpretation of a patriotic anthem since Hendrix's performance in Woodstock, 1969. In retrospect, The End is a precursor to acts such as early Death In June and subsequently the neofolk movement, that blend European folk and classical with cutting-edge electronic experimentation.

The front and back covers feature stills from the Philippe Garrel film, Les hautes solitudes (1974), which Nico appeared in.
01 It Has Not Taken Long
02 Secret Side
03 You Forget To Answer
04 Innocent and Vain
05 Valley of the Kings
06 We've Got The Gold
07 The End
08 Das Lied Der Deutschen

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