Gimme Some Good Times introduces the album with a series of sarcastic comments and compelling melody line that becomes ever more gripping as Lou wails out the poetry of cynicism and despair, equating pleasure and pain, in his most world-weary voice ever. The mood becomes even darker on Dirt, where the bitter lyrics incorporate snatches of the song "I Fought The Law" by Bobby Fuller, before it is given a humorous twist by the girl choir repeating "Sweet, sweet, uptown dirt" in a sort of Motowny way, all of this over the band's loose and intentionally messy playing. This is followed by the title track masterpiece, a movement in three parts sketching a tragic situation and its resultant emotions in some of Reed's most cinematic lyrics. Waltzing Matilda introduces the girl meets boy scenario in Reed's monotone over ominous cello. This is followed by a moment of silence and then Genya Ravan's ghostly chant of impending doom giving way to Reed the indifferent observer of a drug death and the complications arising out of it, ending in Bruce Springsteen's sad monologue where he twists his own famous lyric to "Tramps like us, we were born to pay." The third movement has a more human Reed lamenting the loss of romance and love in a most moving and poignant way. Wow, this is strong stuff. I regret to say that the rest of the album doesn't appeal much to me and I seldom listen to it. Some of these sound like not-too-inspired live performances. So this is the best and the worst of Lou Reed, but this album merits four stars for the sheer brilliance of the first three tracks.