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.