11 Songs, 36 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

On his solo breakthrough, Lou Reed paints vivid musical portraits of the denizens of New York City's seedy underbelly. Sneering through rattling rockers, like the wryly campy "Vicious" and Stonesy "Hangin' 'Round," Reed reins in the voltage (but not the intensity) for quieter character studies like the haunted "Andy's Chest," jazzy Lower East Side travelogue "Walk on the Wild Side," and tender piano ballad "Perfect Day." With David Bowie and Mick Ronson sprinkling (Ziggy) Stardust under Reed's deadpan vocals, Transformer elevates itself from gritty to divine.

EDITORS’ NOTES

On his solo breakthrough, Lou Reed paints vivid musical portraits of the denizens of New York City's seedy underbelly. Sneering through rattling rockers, like the wryly campy "Vicious" and Stonesy "Hangin' 'Round," Reed reins in the voltage (but not the intensity) for quieter character studies like the haunted "Andy's Chest," jazzy Lower East Side travelogue "Walk on the Wild Side," and tender piano ballad "Perfect Day." With David Bowie and Mick Ronson sprinkling (Ziggy) Stardust under Reed's deadpan vocals, Transformer elevates itself from gritty to divine.

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