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Musically, the first four tracks follow a mid- or down-tempo rock ballad pattern. Then, the feedback on the title track introduces a maelstrom of edgy drumming, roaring and squalling guitars and Reed's intense delivery of a dark, oedipal rant about punishment and pain. There's up-tempo driving rock on Average Guy, a majestic melodious wall of sound of Waves of Fear, a tender, yearning ballad about John Kennedy and the tuneful, stirring love song Heavenly Arms.
This album revisits many of the themes that had inspired Reed from the start of his career with the Velvet Underground: His mentor, Delmore Schwartz is invoked on the opening track, reminding the listener of the Velvets' European Son (to Delmore), while Underneath The Bottle, a harrowing account of a struggle with alcohol, brings to mind an earlier song The Power Of Positive Drinking from the album ...Read more ›
The album revisits many of the themes that had inspired Reed from the start of his career with the Velvets: His mentor, poet Delmore Schwarz is invoked in the opening track, reminding the listener of the Velvets's European Son (to Delmore), while Underneath The Bottle, an account of his struggle with alcohol, brings to mind an earlier song The Power Of Positive Drinking from the album Growing Up in Public, and the beautiful Heavenly Arms with its gorgeous fading choruses is not too far removed from Satellite Of Love on Transformer.
But the approach is different: gone is the decadent narrator of the demi-monde, and instead Reed turns into an essayist or reporter writing and singing with great maturity but still passionately about subjects as diverse as women, gun violence and the day John Kennedy died.
The guitars of Reed and Quine, the bass and the drums work perfectly together, whether on the slow numbers or on the more intense rockers like Waves of Fear or the title track. Best of all, the melodies are strong and memorable and the arrangements are innovative. The Blue Mask is a true masterpiece.
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Just another excellent piece from one of the all time greats!!! One of my absolute favorite Lou reed albums. A real masterpiece!!!Published 21 months ago by Jamie
If this is an introductory journey into the world of Lou Reed, then you might want to stop and back up. I recommend that you delve into the Velvet Underground first. Read morePublished on Oct. 25 2001 by Bryan
The backing tracks for this album are, for quartet performances, complex and various -- 2 guitars (Reed/Quine), bass (Saunders) and drums engaging in real interplay. Read morePublished on Sept. 4 2001 by H.R. Sauertieg
I am continually baffled by the amount of praise showered on this album. Of course, being a big fan of Lou Reed's work before (VU and his 70s solo work) and after (New York, Songs... Read morePublished on June 11 2001
This is Lou Reed's best work, including his time leading the Velvet Underground. Buy this CD!Published on Sept. 28 2000
Dodgy repeat cover. Solid first side. Women is one of my favourites, but Reed's alleged handiness with his fists make it potentially queesy, though. Second side weaker. Read morePublished on Sept. 13 2000 by Gary
"The Blue Mask" is often hailed by critics and fans alike as one of Lou Reed's greatest achievements, and it is deserving of the considerable praise. Read morePublished on Aug. 29 2000 by Stephen Caratzas
I always loved the instumentation / playing on the vinyl version of the Blue Mask. It redeemed the sometimes cloying sentimentality in the lyrics and vocals mentioned by other... Read morePublished on Aug. 29 2000 by Paul Weston