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This review is from: Legendary Hearts (Audio CD)
This is a much leaner album than its predecessor Blue Mask, utilizing traditional 4-chord rock with hummable tunes to explore similar themes. The title track deals with love and its complications as does Bottoming Out with its dark edges hinting at frustration and a longing to escape" "I am that bike at that fat pothole/Beyond that underpass." Alcoholism surfaces in this track and again in The Last Shot: "When you quit you quit/But you always wish that/You knew it was your last shot." Make Up Mind is a lovely, swaying ballad with a hypnotic chorus surfacing towards the end, while Turn Out The Light has Reed's echoy vocal over a moody guitar riff, like a miniature snatch of Street Hassle. But the highlight of the album is Betrayed, a chilling vignette from the bedroom: "Three of us lie in this bed/Night of infamy/Her father's in her head/And quick she turns ans slaps my face ..." Rooftop Garden ends the album on a more optimistic note with its description of domestic bliss - it is High In The City (from New Sensations) without the threat of violence. I don't think Legendary Hearts did well when released in the early 1980s, but in retrospect it is a very good album and a pointer to his well-received New York classic later that decade.