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Set the Twilight Reeling [Import, CD]

Lou Reed Audio CD
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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5.0 out of 5 stars INCREDIBLE!! March 24 2004
Format:Audio CD
The guitar intro to RIPTIDE is worth the price of this CD alone. Lou really shines on EGG CREAM, ADVENTURER, RIPTIDE, SET THE TWILIGHT REELING and FINISH LINE. The only week song on this collection is HOOKY WOOKY. I bought this CD in 2004 and I can't stop listening to it.....very groovy!!
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5.0 out of 5 stars INCREDIBLE!! March 24 2004
Format:Audio CD
The guitar intro to RIPTIDE is worth the price of this CD alone. Lou really shines on EGG CREAM, ADVENTURER, RIPTIDE, and FINISH LINE. The only week song on this collection is HOOKY WOOKY. I bought this CD in 2004 and I can't stop listening to it.....very groovy!!
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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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5.0 out of 5 stars One Of The Greatest Albums Ever Made Jan. 13 2003
Format:Audio CD
Set the twilgiht reeling truely has every musical element. Lou Reed showcases his ability to produce beautiful meaningful and passionate songs and at the same time also keep a comedic tone. Riptide alone reaches deep down inside you and touches your heart and Soul. Only New York, Berlin and Transformer Almost match this level of quality. Hooky Wooky, Trade In, Adventurer, Finish line, the title track, and Hang onto your emotions are all fantastic. With Great Lyrics, Well Written songs and Unsermountalbe passion, Set The Twilight Reeling truely is one of the greatest albums ever made.
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I once read that a Lou Reed album had become less an event than just a reminder that the Rock & Roll Animal was still around creating. To me, many of his albums of the 1980's (with the exception of the Blue Mask) would fall into this description very easily. The early 1990s proved this theory wrong with two of Reed's best works but he remained silent it seemed until 1996 with this, "Set the Twlight Reeling." By far the best produced Reed album in decades, it is presented with dirty yet beautifully audible guitar/bass pairings and a strong sense of New York urban atmosphere. Reed's lyrics as usual border on a cynical view of life yet this album is filled with more hope than the preceeding "Magic & Loss" album. His voice hasnt sounded this good since Street Hassle and shows the promise that the next years will be his best (hopefully) Standouts are "Egg Cream" and "Riptide"
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4.0 out of 5 stars Sweet taste.... April 21 2002
Format:Audio CD
This album is worth owning just for "Egg Cream" and "Adventurer"--the former brought back fond memories of that NYC treat from childhood visits and then again in the late sixties. If listening to it doesn't make you smile, then you've never tasted an egg cream! The album is kind of a mixed bag, but what really comes through is that this is a real person talking about real life and real emotions. I've been a Lou Reed fan since the beginning, and think that his most recent work (this and the Ecstasy album) is among the best he's ever done. He does his work to please himself, and if you're lucky, you'll like at least some of it too.
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4.0 out of 5 stars The Great, the silly, and the ugly. March 6 2002
Format:Audio CD
I'd be a liar if I denied that there were some clunkers on here. But there are also some of the best songs Reed has ever written. Hooky Wooky is hillarious and honest. Hold on to Your Emotions is perfect. The title song is brave and beautiful. Some of the silly songs are so silly that they are great. I love this album and I listen to it in my car all the time, but there are several tracks I always skip over.
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3.0 out of 5 stars I would like to listen to this. Jan. 17 2002
Format:Audio CD
There is definitely a key song, with a key line for me on this album, which is usually why I would like to listen to it, but my neighbors would know that I am listening to Lou Reed, so most of the time I don't. Some things, like subscribing to a newspaper, have gone to such great lengths to explore the absence of decency in everything that they see and do, that the best approach to getting on with it all is by stretching reality to the Lou Reed limit, best expressed in the song "Sex with your parents" by the line: Senator, it has been reported that you have had illegal Congress with your mother. There is a word for this, and Lou Reed knows that word, too, and the song was recorded live on July 4, 1995, and people might have been paying attention. I would listen to this, but my neighbors would know that I was listening to Lou Reed. There are limits to how much ambivalence people are willing to tolerate, and I don't need to know their opinion about this one.
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