Could've been better.,
By A Customer
This review is from: Loaded (Audio CD)
After listening to their previous three records, I was glad to finally hear this album as part of the Peel Slowly box set. It certainly isn't inoffensive; now matter how commercial the Velvets ever got, that adjective is not something that would describe them. But it is somewhat neutered. Not because of new drummer Billy Yule, who is far better than Moe Tucker, by the way, but simply the album doesn't have enough strong songs and lackluster production.
I needn't restate what virtually every other reviewer has said: "Sweet Jane" and "Rock 'n Roll" are classics. 'Nuff said. "Cool it Down," "Lonesome Cowboy Bill," and "I Found a Reason" are very underrated tunes in the VU cannon. "New Age," "Who Loves the Sun," and "Oh!Sweet Nuthin'" are good, but rather overrated. "Train 'Round the Bend" and "Head Held High" are mediocre throwaways.
Overall, a listenable album with two stone cold classics ("Sweet Jane" sounds even better on the Peel Slowly box set in its full-length version) and a few other good tunes. But it's not a rock 'n roll classic.