Femme Fatale: The Aura Anthology

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Femme Fatale: The Aura Anthology is a lofty euphemism for this two-disc expanded reissue of Drama of Exile, Nico's surprisingly straightforward 1981 return. Though the original artwork unfortunately plays no part in this package, the first disc, subtitled "Drama of Exile...Plus," adds both sides of the "Saeta"/"Vegas" single, in addition to very rough outtake versions of six songs that are found in much better shape within the original album. The second disc consists of her 1985 set at Chelsea Town Hall, which isn't of great quality -- both sound-wise and performance-wise -- but it's a fascinating and rather jarring listen for die-hard fans. Another attraction is the numerous press clippings that are scattered throughout the booklet.

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