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For 1984's New Sensations Lou Reed cut his legendary guitarist Robert Quine from the sessions and threw his own limited guitar range into the mix, assembling an album tighter in punch if shorter in grasp. The Blue Mask, in particular, had been epic two years before. New Sensations found its excitement in the everyday, relying on the steadying rhythm section of bassist Fernando Saunders and drummer Fred Maher. From the opening pop-rock frolic of "I Love You, Suzanne," through the day-to-day neurosis that haunts "Endlessly Jealous" and the Stones-like "Turn to Me" over to the simple appreciations of "Doin' the Things That We Want To," Reed sounds comfortably normal for the first time in his career. He's accepted his limited vocal range without completely giving up on finding a hummable melody. "My Friend George" builds off a skeletal rhythm into a touching climax about sentimental friendships. "What Becomes a Legend Most," "Fly Into the Sun," and the title track maintain Reed's literary ear.

Customer Reviews

long dry spell since this one

this is lou reed's finest album along w/ the classic/live 'rock & roll animal' - everything he's done since is so self-indulgent & non-musical, i can't listen to it, i'll never forget my letdown when i got his follow-up 'new york'. but this one i have to rank in my top ten of all-time favorite albums, prob even top five - every song is a gem thru & thru. unfortunately, he's been wanking in public ever since w/ every release. don't just pick a song or two here, pull down the whole lp, you won't be sorry.

I love that GPZ so much, you know that I could kiss her

A great Lou Reed album (and underrated/underappreciated too). I agree with the reviewer. Lou is in a rare upbeat mood throughout, very positive. In this respect it is an aptly titled album. Check this line out: 'It's easy enough to tell what is wrong but that's not what I want to hear all night long Some people are like human tuinols' No chance of Lou being a one either. Even the potentially negative 'What Becomes a Legend Most' ends with the line 'Tonight it's you.' Play the whole album everytime, because Every_song is good. They just kind of sink in 'cause they're perfectly arranged, well recorded, and very catchy with uber_cool_lyrics as only Lou can write them. Get it. It's a cool album.

Lou's Passing

When I heard that Lou Reed passed away on Sunday, I reached back into time and started to play classic Reed was then that I stumbled back to this album. Probably my favorite Reed album. Every song stands on its own. It was fresh in 1984 and it is fresh today in 2013. This is a timeless album. Buy it. Play it. Love it.


Born: March 2, 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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