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Album Review: I'll Be Your Mirror: A Tribute to the Velvet Underground & Nico by Various Artists
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The Line of Best Fit - 80 Based on rating 8/10
The all-star list of contributors speaks of the vast, enduring influence of the album and the New York band responsible for it. The minimalist arrangement of "Sunday Morning" doesn't wary wildly from the mood of the original, but former R E.M. frontman Michael Stipe delivers a stunning vocal that replaces the original's sleep-deprived slumber with hurt and a sprinkle of vulnerable optimism.
The Velvet Underground & Nico is one of rock music's sacred texts. More than 50 years since its release, its heady cocktail of ostrich-tuned proto-punk, droning viola, and streetwise poetry has lost little of its potency. Part of the fun has always been finding new details within the VU's history, and now there's more to sink your teeth into with Todd Haynes' upcoming documentary and a star-studded tribute to the band's 1967 classic.