It's hard to objectively review a CD (or should I say album) that I had so much attachment to in college. Being a big Lou Reed fan then, this album to me was clearly on par with Berlin and Transformer as soon as I heard it, yet it is so different than both of those efforts.
Definitely Reed's most "accesible" album, this is the one to own if you are not familiar with him. His vocals seem to meld perfectly with the very economic instrumentations - the songs give the illusion of being very "acoustic" even though there is still a healthy dose of electric guitar present (think Mark Knopfler).
Emotionally a 5-star CD, but realistically not all the songs are up to that level. I suppose 25 years has done something to musical tastes - there aren't as many kicks in "Kicks", for example (a song about murdering for the thrill of it), and actually, the title track (Coney Island Baby) does sound a bit sappy now, as pretty as it is. "Ooohh Baby" is a throw-away, and "Nobody's Business" is good, but not great. The rest of the cuts ARE great (still today!), easily worth the price of the CD.