'Growing Up In Public' is one of Lou Reed's hardest-to-find albums. The album didn't sell particularly well at the time, and after the patchy 'The Bells' album, and the riotous 'Take No Prisoners' live album, it seems a little muted. The main problem with the record, as a Lou Reed fan, is that he's lyrically pretty good on this album, but the backing tracks are just too uninspired, with cliched chord changes and anonymous playing. Songs like 'Think It Over' and 'Love Is Here To Stay' are crying out for some incisive music to back 'em up. Lou even tries to sing in one or two places, as opposed to his usual half-spoken delivery, and it's by no means an unpleasant experience. I think he'd exhausted the possibilities of his band at the time, and not long after he'd assemble the leaner, tougher crew that backed him up on 'The Blue Mask'. No doubt this'll turn up reissued at mid-price at some stage, and it's worth picking up on then, but I couldn't justify paying a high-priced import price.