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4.0 out of 5 stars lou at peace? nah, rock and roll's in his blood. Outstanding effort., 24 Jun. 2007
Technically, and ONLY technically speaking, this is ambient/yoga/meditation music. The end.

But hardly a stretch for the mercurial Reed. The obvious comparisons in contemporary music criticism these days is Hudson River is a Metal Machine Music Part 2. And of course, they are right. Guitar feedback, synth loops, atmosphere, and I truly believe these are conjurings, of a new age (new age, get it? one of the VU's best songs) of Lou's Hudson River and Lou's NYC.

But this is a quiet, arty affair. And Reed, the quinessential schizo simultaneous fish-out-of-water/fish-in-the-water artist explores ambient soundscapes in 4 tracks. Supposedly "new" for him but to lifelong fans, it's not out of the ordinary and quite special. No vocals. The first two are long and hypnotic and very different. One is spooky guitar feedback executed in a quiet and original way, and the other a very demented heartbeat drone. 3rd and 4th songs are shorter: the 3rd begins to synthesize the two stunning long tracks before giving into a totally awesome approximation of the wind beating hard and wild and fast upon the Hudson. Track 3 is startling.

The last song, song 4, is the total synthesis of the sensitive, quiet guitar feedback and that demented heart beating together and way too short.

Typical lovable Lou: Drown them in brilliant noise/sound then make a move like you are going to reach peak and resolve--but back off.

If you can't live with his attitude, too bad, he's a punk rocker at heart and always was. We don't even know (but we can guess) what two or three intruments comprise this wonderful CD and he doesn't tell us.

To be honest I cannot meditate, do yoga, space out to this. I tried to fall asleep to this after a stressful day but I could not. But I listen from begining to end while paying bills, doing laundry, etc. It's not your typical background noise record, but it's a Lou Reed album all the same: you pay attention. The titles of the 4 songs are purposefully awful and not worth repeating.

The beauty of Lou Reed's art is he seems to despise selling it and keeps a chip on his shoulder. That chip comes off in his actual work. Lou Reed is a truly singular and great American artist.


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