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In the late ‘80s and early ‘90s, Lou Reed had built a formidable narrative with the steely eye of New York, the thoughtful collaboration with John Cale for the Andy Warhol tribute Songs for Drella, and an unflinching portrait of illness and death with Magic and Loss. It was time to turn up the amps and find release. "Egg Cream" blows off the cobwebs with its sweet and earnest celebration of the fizzy drink while the guitars burn through the drums. "NYC Man" throws in a horn section to gild the gritty realities. The E Street Band's Roy Bittan adds his grandiose piano to "Finish Line." "Sex with Your Parents" rails against social conservatives. Bassist Fernando Saunders add his rich lyricism to the bottom end. Laurie Anderson provides backing vocals to "Hang on to Your Emotions." The album is dedicated to her, and tunes like "Hooky Wooky," "The Proposition,” and the title track express an unusual level of joy and affirmation by Reed standards.

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Taut, funny, mature and topically relevant. Classic Lou.


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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