David Browne
November 22, 1996 AT 05:00 AM EST

Nico

type
Music
Current Status
In Season
genre
Rock

We gave it a C+

Named after his baby girl, Nico, a musical wake for the late Shannon Hoon collects outtakes, covers, and aural flotsam by Hoon and his defunct band Blind Melon. A truly lost soul, Hoon wrestled with family obligations, substance addiction, and fleeting pop success; not surprisingly, these songs are littered with references to drugs and mortality. They’re also less mannered, and often more enjoyable, than what the band actually released. Sad as Hoon’s life was, though, it still doesn’t redeem Blind Melon’s grating, whiny acid-trip rock. Most chilling moment: Hoon debuts a new song via an answering-machine message, which ends with an abrupt beep. C+

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