- Audio CD (Oct. 2 2006)
- Number of Discs: 1
- Format: Import
- Label: Bmg
- ASIN: B000H5TZU4
- Other Editions: Audio CD | Audio Cassette | LP Record
- Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
Confessional writing is a tricky thing in that it can be embarassing for the artist if done poorly and can indulge a listener's most voyeuristic tendencies even when done well. It is Reed's sense of humility in many of these songs, though, that saves them from bathos. Some of his best writing is to be found here, specifically the title track, which nails a profound (really, I'm not kidding, it's profound) truth about love and the way we see ourselves, all of which is accomplished in three and a half minutes. Much of the self-reflection found on this album came as the result of therapy and Alcoholics Anonymous; anyone who has ever invested time in either will find something familiar in "Make Up My Mind," "The Last Shot," "Betrayed" and "Bottoming Out," the last of which takes a pass at self-destruction and anger with a clear-eyed poise that few songwriters (or the rest of us, for that matter) can manage.
These are heavy subjects, make no mistake, but the tight ensemble playing (two guitars, drums and Fernando Saunders' singing fretless bass lines) makes the best of these songs move so that you can tap your foot while Reed is passing on his little revelations. (One thinks that Phil Spector would be proud, too: the way the album is mixed, it's almost in mono, which gives the songs quite a punch.) Songwriters who aim for depth within the confines of the rock song take note: "Legendary Hearts" is a model of precision, both well-observed and heartfelt. Put it on and turn it up - it may give you something to think about.
It's Lou Reed at his best. The songs are personal and extremely focused. You can't find the real gems of this album in any compilation so let me tell you what you'll miss if you overlook this album:
. Legendary Hearts - the title track is one of Lou's best lyrics and is extremely well sung. Irresistable tune too!
. Make up my mind - in the same vein as "legendary hearts". Lou in a romantic mood and as always NY on the background.
. The last shot - Lou's hymn for the drunk. Rock and roll and comedy hand in hand. This track rocks!
. Betrayed . Home of the brave . Rooftop garden
These 3 tracks are the emotional centerpiece of this album. If you liked the NY album you'll want to listen to these tracks. Lou storyteller at his best. Please don't let this album gather dust at Amazon's shelves. I promise you that this cd will stay for many weeks on your cd player. Yes it's that addictive!
P.S: i usually don't give 5 stars lightly so don't be fooled by the 4 stars i gave to this cd. When i give 4 stars i'm basically saying that this is an outstanding album. 5 stars would be mind blowing!