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Set the Twilight Reeling Import, CD

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  • Audio CD (Feb. 1 2000)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import, CD
  • Label: Warner Bros
  • ASIN: B000002N4R
  • Other Editions: Audio Cassette
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
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1. Egg Cream
2. NYC Man
3. Finish Line
4. Trade In
5. Hang On To Your Emotions
6. Sex With Your Parents
7. Hooky Wooky
8. The Proposition
9. Adventurer
10. Riptide
11. Set The Twilight Reeling

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Once every decade the ice-cold, bug-eyed Lou Reed gets all soft and mushy--he falls in love and feels like singing to the world. Back in 1976 he made Coney Island Baby, a warm and tender love letter to his transvestite partner, Rachel. In 1984 it was New Sensations, about rediscovery, adulthood, and hetero love with wife Sylvia. In 1996, though, Reed may have met his ultimate match in his new girlfriend and obsession: performance artist Laurie Anderson. Set the Twilight Reeling bubbles with a whole batch of new sensations, making it one of Reed's brightest and friendliest records in years. More often than not on Reed's albums, the subject matter is dour and he decides to talk his way through, as if singing would distract from the heaviness of it all. But on Set the Twilight Reeling (as with his past love-puppy albums), melodies abound: "NYC Man," "Trade In," "Hold On to Your Emotions," and the title track are all touchy-feely pop songs (by Reed's standards), complete with acoustic-guitar or jazz chords and aw-shucks lines like "I want to make her my wife" and "I accept the newfound man." Of course, it's not all goo-goo and ga-ga. Reed also takes a vicious--albeit viciously funny--stab at the GOP's prudish hypocrisy ("Sex with Your Parents") and remembers his late Velvet Underground cohort Sterling Morrison in a stark elegy that would have fit well on his elegiac Magic & Loss ("Finish Line"). But by the end of Twilight, with songs as sweet as "Egg Cream" and goofy as "HookyWooky," we're simply left kvelling over Reed's true and lasting love. And though we may not really care, Reed's romantic discovery--after all--cuts to the essence of what rock & roll's all about. --Roni Sarig

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3.6 out of 5 stars

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By 1996, Lou Reed had acclaim and status most other veteran artists could only dream about. At 54, Reed had been on a creative upswing since 1989's remarkable comeback NEW YORK & its deeper, darker 1992 follow-up MAGIC & LOSS. While the last album was recorded in the wake of two tragic deaths in Lou's life, afterwards, he may have found a way to smile again, for that's the mood most prominent on 1996's SET THE TWILIGHT REELING.
On my review of 2000's ECSTASY, I had hope that his marriage to his wife Sylvia was still intact inspite of the marital discord Lou seemed to be portraying on the album. That was the review that made it into my college newspaper (God help me!) & I realize I was mistaken. Lou has since taken up with fellow musician Laurie Anderson & SET THE TWILIGHT REELING was a lot like his musical love letter to her. While some would claim Lou's periodic journeys into unabashed melody are forced & unconvincing (1976's CONEY ISLAND BABY & 1984's NEW SENSATIONS are often the subject of this criticism, although I love them both), for TWILIGHT, Lou seemed to have gotten it right. Even for someone who fell for the darker side of Lou's output first, I have no objection to saying the album is one of Lou's best later albums.
Make no mistake, Lou is in love, for songs like "NYC Man", "Trade-In", "Hang On To Your Emotions" & the title track are clearly coming from a man whose heart has been stolen. Some may think the songs are a little too mushy by Lou Reed standards, but I think they're quite sweet, and it's refreshing to see a rather dark, introspective artist like Lou feel happy for once.
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It could be said that some of Lou's most amazing and provocative works are so personal as to unsettle the casual listener, especially in light of his unending quest for honesty both in his personal life and his music. Even the slightly "silly" tracks like Egg Cream are filled with a depth of honesty and range of feeling which few if any other artists can touch (only Dylan comes to mind) much less produce on a regular basis. Twilight is a wonderful exploration of a dark and slightly out of focus pallet from which Lou and his band draw a glorious and cathartic portraits of rebirth and coming to grips with the past, both the internal and how we deal with others in our lives.
Musically complex and soulful to the point of bringing tears in places (title track, Hang on to Your Emotions), it also possesses some great riffs and a few off the cuff shots at the establishment crew (Sex with your Parents) as well as (seemingly) a few pokes at himself (Hooky Wooky, Adventurer)
If "New York" didn't frighten you away and you are curious about the bridge between that seminal work and the unflinching yet purposeful focus of "Ecstasy" this is the ONE for you, or if you just like the "modern" Lou with a good dose of feedback fun and some delightful lyrics - click the Buy Now button and E N J O Y!
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Engaging because Reed's sentiments on love and relationship ring true, which seems to grate on some, judging from the mixed reviews this CD has received. The tracks present Reed as pragmatic ('NYC Man'), wary ('Hang Onto Your Emotions'), sympathetic ('Rip Tide'), empathetic ('Adventurer'), in love ('Trade In'--as in "I want to trade in my 14th chance at this life"), and clear-intentioned enough to acknowledge wanting to throw the beloved's former lover off the roof ('Hooky Wooky'). Reed has said no one does Lou Reed as well as he does, but no one points a light fixture at Lou Reed's world like Reed does, either. And that's what this music is: Reed shining a 100 wt bulb on the humor of romance and affection. A good topic. We should all remain this creative when full of emotion, which--news to me, but Reed seems to have lived it all before--sums up the point of the title track, that sweat's needed to accept the "mindful mindless love" and set the twilight reeling ... Having said all that, also include hand clapping for the band. Fernando Saunders and Tony Smith supply the rock and drone behind Reed's guitar and vocals (that aural walk he does down the dirty boulevard between spoken word and sung pitch)--Guitar, bass and drums can not be beat, but you know that already.
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No no no no no no no. This is a really offensive release- the epitome of the self-congratulating bloated rock star going through a mid-life crisis. First of all, rather than a tribute to his new love interest, Laurie Anderson, it comes off as a horribly insensitive kiss-off to his ex-wife Sylvia (anyone remember "Heavenly Arms" off The Blue Mask?). His epitaph for Sterling Morrison, "Finish Line," seems really unfelt and possibly don't get any sense of pain or loss, nor does it seem like a celebration of the life of a loved one. He obviously spent about as much time thinking up this song as he spent thinking about Sterling in real life.
"Riptide," "Trade In," and "Set the Twilight Reeling" are the evil triumvirate here, lacking any kind of musical pleasure and consisting solely of lyrics that are meant to puff up Lou's ego and put everyone else's down. "Riptide" has gotten better in concert, and it is about the only place on the album where Lou does anything interesting with his guitar, but the whole "she's out of her mind" and "what you gonna do with your emotions" chorus just stink. The histrionics at the end of the title track are embarrassing.
"Hookywooky" was supposed to be some sort of hit single, but nobody knows what the hell it's about. "Egg Cream" sort of succeeds on this level, but doesn't rock nearly enough for a man who said this was supposed to be a "fun guitar album" (he said this on MTV to Matt Pinfield, of all people). Plus the album is riddled with really boring, standard rock ballads and midtempo numbers that never really go anywhere.
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