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Undervalued album with good lyrics
on 12 February 2016
This is one of Lou Reed’s lesser known albums but one that deserves another listen. It seems to have been overshadowed by the more critically acclaimed albums from the period such as The Blue Mask (1982). Growing Up in Public doesn’t break much new ground musically but does mark quite a contrast to the excesses of Reed’s Rock ‘n’ Roll Animal persona of the 1970s.
On Growing Up in Public Lou collaborates in the writing with keyboardist, John Fonfara, who also shares the production credit. In the songs Reed often explores family issues and adult relationships. At the time he was approaching 40 years old and was about to get married to Sylvia Morales.
As a CD this album seems to only be available as a pricey import in the UK which means it doesn’t get the attention it deserves here. However it is well worth listening carefully to the lyrics (also printed in the CD booklet) and learning what Reed has to say at this turning point in his life. It is often both illuminating and quite humorous and delivered with more sensitivity than previously.