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4.0 out of 5 stars die young, stay pretty good, 24 Nov 2000
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This review is from: Between Thought and Expression: Selected Lyrics of Lou Reed (Paperback)
Comparing 60's/70's lou reed is akin to reading an obessive voyeur's decent towards ruin and an early death. This didn't happen. Lou reed, if not mellowed, then at least ripened, and who wants to eat something which has past its' sell-by date? Reed's cutting, ruthless amphetimine-fuelled lyrics - from 'The Velvet Underground and Nico' to 'Sally Can't Dance' remain unequalled in their intensity, brutality and nihilism,a high from which he could only come down. The book is essential, however, since those earlier lyrics stand on their own as depictions of brutal unforgiving streetlife, relentless in its' honesty. Compare 'the fact that you are married, only proves you're my best friend' to 'i've really got a lucky life - my writing, my motorcycle and my wife'. Doesn't really ring true, does it? The later lyrics are not beyond redemption - it's just that Reed obviously considered these beyond criticism, when in fact, more consideration on earlier, longer-lasting and more cock-sure compositions would have benefited the book greatly. After all, It's more interesting to write 'heroin' than it is to write 'the heroine'.
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5.0 out of 5 stars DIVERSE & PROVOCATIVE, 18 July 2000
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Pieter Uys "Toypom" (Johannesburg) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Between Thought and Expression: Selected Lyrics of Lou Reed (Paperback)
It's remarkable how well Reed's lyrics work as poetry. The lyrics encompass his work from 1965 to 1990, from "I'll Be Your Mirror" (Velvets) to "A Dream" from the Songs For Drella album. Many are illuminated with notes, eg. "PR shoes" in I'm Waiting For The Man refers to *"puerto rican fence climbers", All Tomorrow's Parties, *"This was Andy's favorite song", Candy's Song (with a short biographical note on Candy), Pale Blue Eyes (written for someone whose eyes were hazel), How Do You Think It Feels ("By speed I mean injectable liquid Methedrine") and so forth. Many lyrics are from albums panned by the critics (Legendary Hearts, The Bells, Sally Can't Dance, Mistrial, Growing Up In Public). There is one poem from a literary magazine: The Slide, from Unmuzzled Ox. Then there are the interviews with Vaclav Havel and with Hubert Selby. The Bells ends the book, in Reed's own words: "... it remains my favorite to this day." The discography/index lists all the lyrics and the albums on which they appear. The hardcover edition has a classy black & gold dust jacket. This book is essential for all Lou Reed fans, for pleasure reading and as a reference.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Evocative poetry, 29 July 2004
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Pieter Uys "Toypom" (Johannesburg) - See all my reviews
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Reed's lyrics work remarkably well as poetry. The lyrics encompass his work from 1965 to 1990, from I'll Be Your Mirror (Velvets) to A Dream on the Songs For Drella album. Many are illuminated with notes, e.g. All Tomorrow's Parties, (This was Andy's favorite song), Candy's Song (with a short biographical note on Candy), Pale Blue Eyes (written for someone
whose eyes were hazel), and so forth.
Many lyrics are from albums panned by the critics (Legendary Hearts, The Bells, Sally Can't Dance, Mistrial, Growing Up In Public). There is one poem (The Slide) from the literary magazine Unmuzzled Ox. The book includes interviews with Vaclav Havel and with Hubert Selby. The Bells ends the book, in Reed's own words: "... it remains my favorite to this day." The discography/index lists all the lyrics and the albums on which they appear. This book is essential for all Lou Reed fans, for pleasure reading and as a reference.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Best book of poems, 23 May 1999
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This review is from: Between Thought and Expression: Selected Lyrics of Lou Reed (Paperback)
Lou has written down some of his best songs in the form of poems which still give a powerful message even without the music to accompany them.
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