NewCC0039: Lou Reed

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Tags: 
  • The Blue Mask (82): **** 1/2
  • New York (89): **** 1/2
  • New Sensations (84): **** 1/2
  • Transformer (72): **** 1/2
  • Magic and Loss (92): ****
  • Street Hassle (78): ****
  • The Bells (79): ****
  • Coney Island Baby (76): ****
  • Walk on the Wild Side: The Best of Lou Reed (77): ****
  • Legendary Hearts (83): ****
  • Songs for Drella (90): ****
  • Berlin (73): *** 1/2
  • Between Thought and Expression: The Lou Reed Anthology (92): *** 1/2
  • Rock & Roll Animal (74): *** 1/2
  • Lou Reed (72): ***
  • Growing Up in Public (80): ***
  • Rock and Roll Diary: 1967 - 1980 (80): ***
  • Mistrial (86): ***
  • Set the Twilight Reeling (96): ***
  • Perfect Night: Live in London (98): ***
  • Ecstasy (00): ***
  • Lou Reed Live (75): ** 1/2
  • Live: Take No Prisoners (78): ** 1/2
  • Rock & Roll Heart (76): **
  • City Lights (Classic Performances by Lou Reed) (85): **
  • Sally Can't Dance (74): * 1/2
  • Metal Machine Music (75): 1/2
Author Comments: 

This is a new entry in an up-dated series I'm calling the New Critical Consensus. Several people have requested updates of the older series, and since critical opinions shift, I am revamping the entire system. I am averaging the opinions of several excellent music critics to produce a list of each artist's albums. Rather than using a number system, which was perhaps a bit clunky, I will now be using a five-star system. The albums will be listed in a recommended purchasing order, so new fans will have an idea of where the best place to start buying an artist's work is.
These are not my opinions, although, since I have chosen the critics used (and I'm using many), my taste will perhaps seep through a bit.

Terribly nerdy, I know, but maybe this will help people only now beginning to dabble into certain artists' bodies of work.

Scale:

***** - Masterpiece
**** 1/2 - Classic
**** - Great
*** 1/2 - Good
*** - Above Average
** 1/2 - Average
** - Below Average
* 1/2 - Bad
* - Terrible
1/2 - One of the worst albums ever

Metal Machine Music might be the worst time I have ever spent listeing to an Album, somehow it has always soured me on Lou Reed. If ever an album deserved no stars it might be that one.

The odd thing is that the album actually has its fans (and I'm not even counting the other Lester Bangs, who I am convinced was a least half joking about loving the album).

Shalom, y'all!

L. Bangs

I think they must be people who like to be different just for the sake of being different. Think about the record Executive who green lighted this gem. Lou "I want to do a 2 disc record of only feedback, distortion and sped up/slowed down Guitar runs." Record Executive "Sounds Great Lou, could we get a little Walk on the Wild Side somewhere too.."

Have you ever read the hilarious Lester Bangs interview when Lou Reed straight faces claims that he mixed snippets of classical composers into his feedback. He claimed that several classical critics immediately pegged these buried symphonies. He basically went on to proclaim Metal Machine Music as the first album of the new classical music.

My, was Reed full of it.

Shalom, y'all!

L. Bangs

Yes, I did read it. It was very funny and Reed has always been a pompous blow hard. Sometimes justified, but most times just boring.

While I certainly enjoy some of his music (and love much of his work with the Velvet Underground), Lou certainly could say some of the stupidest things, especially when he was being the "artist".

Shalom, y'all!

L. Bangs