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Mistrial

Lou Reed Audio CD
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1986 album unavailable in the U.S. featuring the tracks 'No Money Down' & 'Mama's Got A Lover'. 10 tracks in all. BMG.

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3.0 out of 5 stars Mixed bag March 31 2007
By Pieter Uys HALL OF FAME TOP 50 REVIEWER
Format:Audio CD
This is certainly not a great Lou Reed album, and one that was harshly dismissed by the critics. But it's not totally dismal either: Video Violence sounds a bit preachy, but Mama's Got A Lover ("I'll send him a card on Father's Day") is Lou at his witty, biting best, while I Remember You is a beautiful tender love song with a simple, lovely melody. The Original Wrapper contains some humorous wordplay, and Tell It To Your Heart is a great song about relationships. Mistrial is an album only for the devoted Lou Reed fan and definitely worth it for the aforementioned songs.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Only for the devoted fan July 22 2006
By Pieter Uys HALL OF FAME TOP 50 REVIEWER
Format:Audio CD
This is certainly not a great Lou Reed album, and one rightly dismissed by the critics. But it's not totally dismal either: Video Violence sounds a bit preachy, but Mama's Got A Lover ("I'll send him a card on Father's Day") is Lou at his biting best, while I Remember You is a beautiful tender love song. The Original Wrapper contains some humorous wordplay, and Tell It To Your Heart is a great song about relationships. Mistrial is an album only for the die-hard Lou Reed fan.
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3.0 out of 5 stars mixed bag--often feels tossed off, but is also often a blast March 16 2005
By Missing Person - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
Lou Reed's 1986 album "Mistrial" tends to be considered a dud in his discography. Although that's being harsh, it's understandable in the sense that "Mistrial" does often sound tossed off, plus some of the lyrics are really weak--it seems Lou was either going through a bit of writer's block, and/ or feeling a little lazy. It's unfortunate because Reed's in excellent form vocally here, and the best stuff suggests that with some more craft & fine-tuning, this could have been a really kickass record. As it is, there are a bunch of really cool tracks--there's the stomping rocker title track; the catchy, drum-machine driven, somewhat Chuck Berry-esque uptempo tune "No Money Down"; the toe-tapping, looping funk-rocker "Video Violence" with its hilarious wordless hook; the punchy, edgy rocker "Spit It Out" with great, crunchy guitar chords from Reed (though his ultra-primitive & hesistant lead work leaves quite a bit to be desired); and the irresistibly funky & energetic rap-flavored tune "The Original Wrapper" which is a bit lyrically rote, but amusing. On the down side, "Don't Hurt A Woman" is a sluggish, tedious ballad; the repetitive "Outside" is kind of bland; "I Remember You" is an incredibly listless piece of filler with lyrics that are slight beyond all belief; & "Tell It To Your Heart" is, surprisingly for Reed, a pretty sappy ballad that's additionally marred by the annoying background vocals. Obviously "Mistrial" is no masterpiece, but still, it is pretty good, and I can't see any serious Reed fanatic finding this album to be THAT big of a disappointment, & if you see it cheap, it's worth getting.
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4.0 out of 5 stars ARTLESS Art Feb. 27 2005
By Timothy P. Young - Published on Amazon.com
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This isn't Lou's best record. Obviously. Lots of folks call it his worst. Well, that's their business, I guess. Personally, I think it's a damn good record.

First, let's examine it from a musical standpoint. The only live instruments here are guitar and bass. There's a metronomic drum machine to deal with, but it's a distraction at most. The bass pins things down nicely and the lead guitar sears through the songs like a knife through butter. Sharp and clear.

Second, let's look at the way Lou was probably thinking about this record: lyrically, it's more focused than New Sensations, and musically, well, we're already done.

THIS IS AN ARTLESS ALBUM.

Seriously. When Lou hits his solo on "Video Violence," it's raw and dirty and nasty as it should be. The drum programming (!) on "No Money Down" merits the same respect, as do the mild moments that mark "Don't Hurt a Woman."

Don't get me wrong, there's lots to care about here: from the news (Video Violence) to the condemnation of the art scene (Mama's Got A Lover), this record rocks. It examines the impact of these things on society, in Reed's deadpan (and biting) tone.

If anything, this should be looked at as a precursor to "New York." "Mistrial" marks Reed's first real incursion into topical songwriting ("Video Violence," "The Original Wrapper") and should be treated as such. A valuable artifact.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good music does not age Nov. 6 2002
By H. Neill Jameson - Published on Amazon.com
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Sure this album has it's very cheesy moments musically (with the programmed drums and offkey backup singing) but underneath the 80's radio rock aestetic is a very solid album of pure emotionally driven rock. Certainly not up to par with Mr Reed's other work, but in what I consider his weakest decade (The Blue Mask is the only work from the 1980's I really feel is essential)this is still a very strong album.
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4.0 out of 5 stars mistrial is evidence of the continuing maturity of Lou Reed Jan. 6 2000
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
Any person who would give Mistrial any less than four stars obviously has no idea as to what Lou Reed is about and probably would give New York or Rock and Roll Animal a one star rating. Listen to this album next to those two and you will know what I'm talking about.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Oh, fiddlesticks Oct. 17 2001
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
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Several MISTRIAL reviews don't speak well of this Lou Reed album. I don't get it - infectious tunes such as "Original Wrapper," "No Money Down," and "Mama's Got A Lover" make this a worthy purchase. Don't know why there's a drum machine and I don't care. Lou Reed's rockin' with wit and wisdom! Declare the bad reviews a mistrial and give MISTRIAL a chance.
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