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New York

Lou Reed Audio CD
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (51 customer reviews)
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After the best part of a decade spent adrift of past glories, Lou Reed looked to his immediate environment for inspiration and produced with his most acclaimed work since The Velvet Underground disbanded. The narrator of songs such as "Sunset Boulevard" and "Good Evening Mr Waldheim" though, couldn't be more different to the drug-addled nihilist who wrote "Waiting For The Man". In New York, drugs are still part of everyday life, but Reed's spleen is targeted at the forces responsible for such social malaise--none of which would matter, of course, were it not for the stripped down garage sound which substantially loosens the mood. Doubters may suggest we be spared from another reformed rebel turned concerned parent, but if there's anything objectionable about New York, it's the regrettable mullet hairstyle sported by its author--a far greater crime than any that recur in his lyrics. --Peter Paphides

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LOU REED New York (1989 German 14-track CD album picture sleeve)

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4.0 out of 5 stars Masterpiece..& Wake Up Call June 18 2004
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Format:Audio CD
To all those too young during 1981-1989, too rich during that period to have a fair assessment, and those who during the Reagan funeral ceremony that lasted a week, look back with nostalgia to that "GREAT" period in American history, this is the WAKE UP call you NEED TO HEAR! Lou Reed reminds us of all the hell this country (New York specifically) was going through during the Reagan years. Ghetto life, drug addiction, psychos seeking fame, AIDS torn communities, starving children here and abroad and all we can think about in this country is another "million dollar rocket, another million dollar [movie] star".. This album RAILS and takes no prisoners, but it tends to be as somber and mournful at times than necessarily angry, although there is still plenty of anger as well. Although the last few songs ("Good Evening", "Dime Store Mystery") don't quite hold up to the unbelievable standard set at the beginning, this is still a classic that should be missed by no one, especially those of you with fond thoughts of that DARK period in U.S. history: 1981-1989.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A great social statement June 5 2004
Format:Audio CD
This is reed's most socially consious album to date,also the album is not overy-produced,and the arrangement's are not layered with alot of instrumentation and effects.Although his spoken word delivery is at a faster pace for those who are not overly familiar with Lou Reed,It may take repeated listening to catch ever phrase of every song on the album.It has a strong driving rock and roll feel to it on the faster numbers,However on the slower softer tracks,the band sounds more melodic.Some reviewers have not been so complimentary to Reed's lyrics,suggesting that he come's off sounding preachy and self-righteous,Instead he comes off giving an intimate portrait of the darker side of life.Reed could just as easily spoken of the affluence of new york city,given that he's not exactly a poor musician,But Reed has a strong sense of community,and a concern for all the downtrodden in society.He paints a mental picture in your mind of new york city,as well as urban conditions in most any large city.Reed has assembled a trio of musicians along with him including Mike Ratke on lead guitar,Rob Wasserman on upright bass and Fred Maher on drums,Which adds a backdrop to Reed's visual lyric's,However ,there are a couple of tracks on the album where Reed's lyrics seem to run off the page,Because the songs appear to be overwritten,and not simplified enough.Example:On "Dime store mystery",The duality of nature\Godly nature\human nature\ splits the soul\Fully human\fully divine and divided.The great immortal soul split into pieces\whirling pieces."The begining of a great adventure"
Some wizened toothless clod,some gibbering old fool,Some senile old fart suggest too many examples to describe himself as well as other events and situations.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Very intense Aug. 13 2003
Format:Audio CD
this is a great 5 star cd due to one thing and one thing only, the passion and dreary clear landscape that Lou Reed was able to paint with his brush of reality programming that we all call NEW YORK.
the songs take no prisoners and although Lou Reed will mostly sing song talk in most of his songs, only the people who can't enjoy this will miss out on a truely great message heavy anthropological gem that NEW YORK really is.
Simply the Best. (personally am amazed at the song HALLOWEEN PARADE, perhaps the best song written about AIDS)
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4.0 out of 5 stars Classic July 19 2003
Format:Audio CD
It doesn't sound as good as 'Berlin' or 'Rock and Roll Animal'. The band isn't as good. It's not as steady as VU and Nico. The production value's [bad], the songs often disjointed and akward, but its still probably a masterpiece in it's own way.
Its probably his most politically correct album. It's as if he was pandering to the media, telling them exactly what they wanted to hear: Save the whales, stop aids, homelessness, the NRA, rednecks, gaybashing, sexism, racism, etc. Its like he wrote the album from a brouchure of The New School.
But Dirty Boulevard? Doesn't get much better. These are all memorable songs as opposed to most of his 80's albums. I would give it 5 stars if the production was smoother and he didn't pander as much. But it is a classic album and his best work of the 80's.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Masterpiece April 5 2003
Format:Audio CD
Lou Reed's "New York" is a true masterpiece, one of those rare albums that it can be truly said belongs in any serious music-lover's collection. An often brutal, often humorous look at Reed's hometown in the late 80's, "New York" is Lou's frank view of the social, economic, political, and even environmental currents of the time. From start to finish, Lou takes you on his own twisted tour of the city, and it's one hell of a ride. In the mid-90's indie film "Blue in the Face," Lou muses, "New York doesn't scare me...I get scared in places like Sweden." Upon hearing this album, one realizes the true hilarity, and honesty, of those words.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Cool Album Nov. 22 2002
Format:Audio CD
I discovered this album watching the half hour alternative video show they used to have on MTV. I'm glad I discovered this little gem of an album. Yes, Lou Reed says his lyrics instead of singing them, but that's okay because the music behind his voice is good. His lyrics are on the Roger Waters power scale and this album ranks up there as one of the best. It is a good portrait of the 80's.
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3.0 out of 5 stars A good bunch of songs but...
Songwriters ought to stick to songs and stay away from social commentary. That doesn't mean they can't write about a social issue that irks them, they should--they are human, after... Read more
Published on Nov. 12 2003 by Rocco Dormarunno
1.0 out of 5 stars Garbage
The inside cover says that this album should be listened to from start to finish "in one 58 minute (14 songs!) sitting as though it were a book or a movie. Read more
Published on June 15 2003 by Chris Adams
4.0 out of 5 stars Reed's most "literary" album
This collection of 14 sketches represents one of the most powerful song cycles of Reed's career. On New York he discusses the wider world rather than personal concerns for a... Read more
Published on Sept. 22 2002 by Pieter Uys
4.0 out of 5 stars Poignant but (occasionally)preachy
Lou Reed is one of Rock's few real poets and this recording takes a hard but loving look at NYC. "Halloween Parade" speaks of the losses caused by Aids with a wistful... Read more
Published on Aug. 28 2002 by J. Carroll
4.0 out of 5 stars Wordy but excellent
Sure, he has limited vocal range; yes, he talks all his lyrics (isn't that his trademark?) and yes, he tries to cram every word he knows into every song... so what? Read more
Published on July 23 2002 by Charles A Galupi
5.0 out of 5 stars Timeless perfect rock and roll album
This sounds like a very yuppy-ish story, but I'll tell it anyways. I was on the treadmill the other night with endorphines flying around my brain, and Dirty Blvd came on VH1... Read more
Published on April 26 2002 by Chuck Hardware
5.0 out of 5 stars Best work since VU
Lou Reed is one of the godfathers of modern music without doubt, but he had a very hit and miss solo career after The Velvet Underground, he reminds me of Lennon McCartney in the... Read more
Published on April 19 2002 by Justin Morris
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