Nico was a legendary German singer, songwriter, musician, model, and actress.
She had roles in several films, including Federico Fellini’s La Dolce Vita (1960) and Andy Warhol’s Chelsea Girls (1966).At the insistence of Warhol, she sang on three songs of the Velvet Underground’s debut album The Velvet Underground & Nico (1967) and the rest is history.
Camera Obscura was her final studio album. It was produced by John Cale and features the backing band The Faction. It if it does not sound positively comfortable – listening to Nico remains a cathartic, solitary experience – it’s at least less despairing than its predecessors.
TROUSER PRESS: Joined by two sidemen and Cale as producer, Nico made the odd but exciting Camera Obscura in 1985. This modernization program includes both the nearly vocal-less title track’s meandering semi-random improvisation and an attractively somber version of “My Funny Valentine,” with stops in between for fascinating blends of Nico’s unique singing and post-noise industrial music.