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3.0 out of 5 stars "The President called/To gimme the noos/I been awarded a Nobel prize in Rhythm & Blues", 9 Mar 2009
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This review is from: New Sensations (Audio CD)
This enjoyable, but slightly dated, album has a tendency to be over-rated, but nonetheless there's enough here to be enjoyed by any fans of Lou.

After getting rid of Robert Quine, the sound is much more stripped-down. Lou does all the guitar parts, and his characteristically loose style is set (somewhat incongruously) against over-compressed 80s drums, which don't really suit Lou's style, although Fernando Saunders on bass is excellent as always.

Most of the album is listenable, with the exception of the extremely dull Endlessly Jealous. The album's strongest suit is the run from tracks 3 to 6, which include the jacket-sleeves- pushed-up-to-the-elbows funk of My Red Joystick, the pulsing rhythms of the title track, and the irresistably cheesy Doin the Things That We Want To.

Otherwise, My Friend George is rather good, as is the opening ditty I Love You Suzanne. I'm also rather partial to High in the City, which has a reggae rhythm, "shah-yah-yah-yah" backing vocals, and parping ersatz horns. The album closer, Down at the Arcade, is an enjoyably throwaway track which proves that Lou is sometimes best when he doesn't try too hard, singing here about playing video games (and being awarded a Nobel Prize for R&B!).
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Initial post: 28 Dec 2011 17:49:59 GMT
G. Donaldson says:
I'm not sure about it being "over-rated" Steve, as I've generally found this album tends to receive scant praise (author Chris Roberts goes so far as to describe New Sensations as a "rubbish album" in his book 'Walk on the Wild Side'). It's far from Reed's most challenging work and is obviously "80s", but is full of great, catchy songs and I'd rate the album amongst my Reed solo favourites.

In reply to an earlier post on 22 Feb 2012 21:39:43 GMT
Steve says:
Some people do think that this album is rubbish (I think I know the book you're talking about), but Robert Christgau rates it very highly (and he is a top critic, in my view). However, much as I like the album on a personal level, I just don't think its a great record from an objective point of view. Although it is interesting how divergent people's views can be on Reed's records.

Posted on 5 Feb 2014 21:34:34 GMT
M. Jones says:
I do love a bit of jacket-sleeves-pushed-up-to-the-elbows funk.
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