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3.0 out of 5 stars Underrated solo début, 24 May 2007
This review is from: Lou Reed (Audio CD)
Lou's début solo record, released in 1972, features a number of songs originally written for The Velvet Underground before his departure. Of these, the quirky "Lisa Says" and the dramatic "Ocean" stand out. Elsewhere, there are typical off-beat character studies such as "Wild Child" and rockier fare like "Walk and Talk It". The best track is probably "Berlin", which Lou would revisit in abridged form for the album of the same name the following year. Here it has additional verses and a bridge absent from the later recording (a live version of the "Lou Reed" version of the song may be found on 1979's "Take No Prisoners"). The playing on this record has often been criticised for being stiff and characterless and it is true that the band could swing a little more. Also, the female backing vocals do tend to overwhelm Lou's deadpan delivery a few times. But taken as a whole, this is solid record worth owning.
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