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Lou Reed's Good But Not Great Album,
This review is from: Street Hassle (Audio CD)
I believe Street Hassle is a good album which is often guilty of masquerading as a great one.
Maybe the influence of punk around this time forced Lou to take stock of his musical direction because in many ways Street Hassle does sound like an album that's maybe a little too pre-conceived with the intention of making a grand statement. Lou's great strength for me is that whenever he decides to change direction he seems to do so in a quite 'natural' way without the grand contrivances associated with his mate David Bowie. Maybe here he's trying a little too hard.
Still it is a fairly decent album all the same which possibly has more in common with the Lou and the Velvets experimentation than Lou's more recent often more conventional sounding albums. Vocally as well Lou is beginning to broaden his style to go beyond his more typical 'flat tone' voice to include a little more range. He's actually stretching a little at times.
'Street Hassle' the title song is possibly the most popular on the album - it's actually an eleven minute epic divided into three different parts. It works extremely well as does most of the rest of the album.
Street Hassle is a good album - that there is no doubt but i do find Lou a little more cold and detached than is normally the case and consequently i don't like the album quite as much as a number of Lou's other efforts.