First Appeared in The Music Box, July 1998, Volume 5, #7
Written by John Metzger
Nico is Blind Melon's swan song. Though the remaining members are in the process of pulling together an album of new material, these are the final tracks to feature talented singer/songwriter Shannon Hoon, who died a rather untimely death in 1995. The disc is a collection of outtakes from Blind Melon's all-too-short existence, and it is a fitting tribute to Hoon. From the tribal beat of Glitch to the demo version of St. Andrew's Hall to outstanding cover versions of Hoyt Axton's The Pusher and John Lennon's John Sinclair, Hoon's charismatic vocal delivery pours through and guides the music. Most notable is Soup — the title track that never made it on Blind Melon's previous endeavor. Fans of the band should recall Hoon's brilliant delivery of this song at Woodstock '94 — an underrated performance and perhaps the most engrossing moment of the entire festival. As an added bonus, Nico is an enhanced CD that features a rather touching memorial written by Chris Heath.
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1 Star: Pitiful
2 Stars: Listenable
3 Stars: Respectable
4 Stars: Excellent
5 Stars: Can't Live Without It!!
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