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Nico - Femme Fatale: The Aura Anthology

Christa "Nico" Paffgen's career after The Velvet Underground revealed a bleak, mandrax-and heroin-addicted proto-gothic personality that resonated with the post-punk audience. Disc one Drama Of Exile...Plus features the decidedly rockist 1981 album with eight additional tracks. Drawing on David Bowie's Scary Monsters guitar sound, the album features covers of his "Heroes" and the Velvets' "I'm Waiting For The Man". Disc two—the 14-track Live At Chelsea Town Hall 9.8.85—captures Nico's doom-laden vocals overlaying her trademark harmonium, and includes an extended version of her former lover Jim Morrison's "The End".

Rating: 4 / 10


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