New York Import
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He writes in his liner notes that 'New York' should be taken in one sitting, as if it were a film or play, and after listening it's not difficult to see why. From beginning to end the listener is taken on a musical tour through the drug fuelled, crime - ridden, destitute streets of the Big Apple - which at the time was one of the most dangerous cities on earth.
The album kicks off with Reed's '1-2-3-4' counting - in the opening bars of 'Romeo Had Juliet' with it's dark,twisted lyrics -"Caught between the twisted stars,the plotted lines,the faulty map that brought Columbus to New York."
The musical pace then slows down with 'Halloween Parade (AIDS)' but then leads into arguably the finest song on the album - the perverse, yet mesmeric 'Dirty Blvd'. With it's dirty guitar riff and hollow snare drum it's a tale of Pedro, a young kid with nine siblings living in a squalid squat and beaten by their father - fellow New Yorker Dion Dimucci appears on backing vocals.
The stark and disturbing theme of child abuse continues on 'Endless Cycle' with it's detached, simple guitar loop.
'There Is No Time' rocks along vibrantly while the subdued 'Last Great American Whale' is poignant in it's subject - the destruction of our natural environment and fellow creatures.Read more ›
New York really represents something of a 'back to basics' approach for Reed as the album's sound reverts to a predominantly small band (and quite sparse) sound, with Rob Wasserman's electric upright bass and album co-producer Fred Maher on drums lending a generally (though not exclusively) light touch. The band's overall sound therefore gives Reed's guitar plenty of room for a number of nicely judged solos and his (and Mike Rathke's) guitar(s) consistently impress. Strangely enough, the album's generally light sound adds a nice touch of dark irony for what is one of Reed's most angry set of songs. There is a pervading theme of despair with the broken state of urban New York, as Reed laments in the face of (perhaps ironically) promiscuous lifestyles (Halloween Parade), lack of concern for the environment (The Last Great American Whale), religion (Busload Of Faith), Vietnam (the sublime Xmas In February) and just about everything else (in the hilariously light Sick Of You and the rocking Hold On).
There is another brilliant example of 'light irony' on (for me) one of the album's highlights, Endless Cycle, with its apparently hopeless plea against family histories of addictions to drugs, drink and violence.Read more ›
When I say that I mean the tales of "New York" that Mr Reed has woven about the life on the mean streets of one of the world's capitals come across as so real as to create the smells and sounds of what he is singing about.
The delivery that Mr Reed can't really be called singing, it's more like talking in pitch. The wordplay that is used to great effect here is like a modern day "Mickey Spillane" or "Raymond Chandler" novel. As always Lou has a swipe at the America society with humour and intelligence that is his trade mark.
This album is both well produced and played and will be around a long time for people who like their music with a sting in the tale, so do your self a favour and buy it and buy it NOW...
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I love the CD, but the case was cracked when i opened the parcel, however the CD was not damaged.Published 3 months ago by Amazon Customer
My only disappointment is not knowing about this album when it was first released many years ago. It is a masterpiece, lyrically and musically, raw, polished and melodic. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Steve Milner
Up there with Transformer and Berlin as the very best from one of the great American songwriters.Published 11 months ago by Mr. John Kirtley
I love Lou Reed. He did a lot of good albums but in my opinion he only did two great albums, New York and Transformer.Published 11 months ago by Jimmy Ramones
I bought this because I felt I ought. On the shopping list for a long time because a late colleague recommended it. Read morePublished 14 months ago by Ben Basing