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Credit guitarist Robert Quine for upping the ante and giving Lou Reed the musical challenge of his life. With Quine's definitive attack underlining the words and the terror of Reed's best batch of tunes since Street Hassle, Reed finally delivered on the promise of his post–Velvet Underground career in a way that couldn't be denied. (Berlin, his other masterwork, has its detractors.) Bassist Fernando Saunders colors the bottom end, while Reed sing/speaks songs that range from beautiful ("My House") to paranoid ("Waves of Fear") to brutal ("The Gun") to poignant ("The Day John Kennedy Died"), never shirking from the emotional commitment necessary to put these songs across. "Women" is so simple that its complexity can be lost on a cursory listen. But these are songs that repay over repeated plays. "The Blue Mask," "Underneath the Bottle," and "The Heroine" all flow with a sense of poetry and rock 'n' roll. In 1982—at a time when it was debatable if the '60s crowd could find relevance in a new decade—Reed proved it could be done without compromise. 

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Un tournant dans le parcours de Lou

Un album intimiste, où se livre et nous offre des moments d'émotions. Une première aussi pour des chansons politiquement plus engagées. Bref un Lou Reed bon cru.


Born: 02 March 1942 in Brooklyn, NY

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '50s, '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

The career of Lou Reed defied capsule summarization. Like David Bowie (whom Reed directly inspired in many ways), he made over his image many times, mutating from theatrical glam rocker to strung-out junkie to avant-garde noiseman to straight rock & roller to your average guy. Few would deny Reed's immense importance and considerable achievements. As has often been written, he expanded the vocabulary of rock & roll lyrics into the previously forbidden territory of kinky sex, drug use (and abuse),...
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