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VINE VOICEon 6 August 2006
With the benefit of hindsight i think it's easy to see that with Mistrial Lou was perhaps venturing a little too far in his pursuit of an eighties sound. Unlike the perennial sounds of the sixties and seventies the eighties production values sound incredibly dated today despite the fact they are much more recent.
Mistrial (production values aside) generally isn't one of Lou's most inspired albums - in fact many of the songs seem a little insubstantial but i still find it an enjoyable listening experience all the same.
Songs such as 'No Money Down', 'The Original Wrapper' and 'Outside' are not meant to be any more than fun musically (although a couple of them have social implications lyrically) and although they are a little slight they fulfill their objective perfectly.
The real highlight of the album for me though is the closing track 'Tell It To Your Heart' which is not unlike 'Coney Island Baby' in terms of mood (in particular the doo-wop backing). It's a ballad of great beauty.
In some ways lyrically 'The Original Wrapper' points the way to the socially conscious songs on New York.
To sum up Mistrial lacks too much substance to be amongst Lou's best but for entertainment value it works just fine.
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on 10 June 2004
Let me put forward a simple proposition: the greatest songwriter in the world writes his greatest song - 'Tell It To Your Heart'. What does he do? Wait (maybe forever) for inspiration to strike him again or write some fillers so he can get this damned thing out to the public? Lou Reed gets it out. That's his way. That's why, of all the great songwriters (and he can match anyone) he writes more rubbish than anyone else. So...conclusion...do you want to own the greatest song this guy ever wrote. It's called 'Tell It To Your Heart'. It's sad; it's inconsequential; it's simple; it's subtle; it's more loving than anything Bob Dylan ever contrived. The rest of the album is okay but...damn it...anyone could have done that stuff! Forgive me, Lou. Love ya.
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This is certainly not a great Lou Reed album, and one rightly dismissed by the critics. But it's not totally dismal either: Video Violence sounds a bit preachy, but Mama's Got A Lover ("I'll send him a card on Father's Day") is Lou at his biting best, while I Remember You is a beautiful tender love song. The Original Wrapper contains some humorous wordplay, and Tell It To Your Heart is a great song about relationships. Mistrial is an album only for the die-hard Lou Reed fan.
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This is certainly not a great Lou Reed album, and one dismissed by the critics. But it's not totally dismal either: Video Violence sounds a bit schoolmarmish, but Mama's Got A Lover ("I'll send him a card on Father's Day") is Lou at his biting best, while I Remember You is a beautiful tender love song. The Original Wrapper contains some humorous wordplay, and Tell It To Your Heart is a great song about relationships. Mistrial is an album only for the die-hard Lou Reed fan.
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on 6 May 2016
£35 / you're taking the proverbial - £12 new on eBay....
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This is certainly not a great Lou Reed album, and one that was harshly dismissed by the critics. But it's not totally dismal either: Video Violence sounds a bit preachy, but Mama's Got A Lover ("I'll send him a card on Father's Day") is Lou at his witty, biting best, while I Remember You is a beautiful tender love song with a simple, lovely melody. The Original Wrapper contains some humorous wordplay, and Tell It To Your Heart is a great song about relationships. Mistrial is an album only for the devoted Lou Reed fan and definitely worth it for the aforementioned songs.
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on 8 February 2011
I bought this on vinyl when it was released and hated it then and have recently got hold of a cd copy as part of a box set. Neither the years or the change of format can disguise the fact that this is a dreadful record on all levels. The songs are weak and the production is dreadful. I was a big Lou Reed fan from about 1980 to 1995 and have a lot of time for him as a writer and performer, but this record stinks to high heaven. Avoid at all costs.
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