I'll Be Your Mirror: A Tribute to the Velvet Underground & Nico Image
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  • Summary: Courtney Barnett, Matt Berninger of The National, Andrew Bird, Doveman, Fontaines D.C., Bobby Gillespie, Iggy Pop, King Princess, Lucius, Thurston Moore, Angel Olsen, St. Vincent, Michael Stipe, Matt Sweeney, Sharon Van Etten, and Kurt Vile & the Violators cover songs from The VelvetCourtney Barnett, Matt Berninger of The National, Andrew Bird, Doveman, Fontaines D.C., Bobby Gillespie, Iggy Pop, King Princess, Lucius, Thurston Moore, Angel Olsen, St. Vincent, Michael Stipe, Matt Sweeney, Sharon Van Etten, and Kurt Vile & the Violators cover songs from The Velvet Underground's 1967 debut album with German singer Nico. Expand
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  1. Uncut
    Sep 22, 2021
    90
    It begins with Michael Stipe's stunning interpretation of "Sunday Morning." ... The tracks that fly highest here are in fact the least faithful, more subversive. [Oct 2021, p.22]
  2. 80
    What’s most pleasing about this ‘…Mirror’ is that it reflects the original’s dark, experimental essence. It’s heartening to hear that, more than 50 years on, ‘The Velvet Underground & Nico’ has similarly venturous and intrepid descendants who still nurture its spirit.
  3. 80
    With only the most faithful replications of the original performances falling in any way flat, the contributors' ability to balance reverential respect with an ethos of printing their own identity on these indelible songs is what makes I'll Be Your Mirror succeed where so many similar tributes nosedive into dull irrelevance.
  4. Classic Rock Magazine
    Sep 22, 2021
    70
    While nothing here is wrong, very little - unlike the VU themselves - is unexpected or thrilling. [Oct 2021, p.74]
  5. Oct 4, 2021
    70
    More than 50 years after its release, it seems there isn't much new to be said about The Velvet Underground & Nico, and I'll Be Your Mirror doesn't challenge that notion. But it does allow a number of worthy artists a chance to see themselves reflected in these songs, and it's a labor of love that's engaging and from the heart.
  6. Sep 27, 2021
    70
    While it’s hard to imagine how anyone involved with the VU’s album would feel about this tasteful tribute, its very existence still speaks to the force of the original vision. After all this time, artists are still peeling back layers of the banana.
  7. 60
    Admirable though the attempt may be, I’ll Be Your Mirror too often misses its mark.

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