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5.0 out of 5 stars But music should be challenging...., 25 Feb. 2003
This review is from: Raven, The (Ltd. Edition) (Audio CD)
Lou Reed's "The Raven" is an album that listeners will either love or hate... and by the five stars printed at the head of this review I think you can guess my reaction.
However this is not an introduction to Edgar Allan Poe (perhaps you should try the Alan Parson's Projects album, "Tales of Mystery and Imagination"), this is Lou Reed trying to capture the feeling, the dark emotion, that fills Poe's prose and poetry.
This is Lou Reed recreating Poe. Take the title track. "The Raven" is not Poe's seminal poem read over music. Reed has rewritten the poem, modernised it and tried to make it relevant to the 21st Century. Listen to the track, feel how familiar it is, and then listen to it again with the original poem in hand.
This album is challenging... to my way of thinking much like the way Scott Walker's "Tilt" was challenging, and like that album the rewards are bountiful. Indeed the re-recording of "Perfect Day" is almost "Tilt" like in it's haunting beauty.
Reed has juxtaposed American gothic with rock and roll and created a fantastic album. It will take several sittings to get the most out of this album, and each time you listen it will be hard work. But music should be challenging, after all.
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Initial post: 22 Sep 2011 11:03:47 BDT
Lewis Dye says:
If you want an introduction to Poe, then read Poe and forget any drivel by Alan Parsons. Simple.

In reply to an earlier post on 22 Sep 2011 19:59:27 BDT
of course read Poe, but any one wanting a musical intro... sheesh...
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