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Lou went for Baroque on his third solo album, singing about such light subjects as suicide and drug abuse over grandiose Bob Ezrin production. 10-tracks. Sony.
Eternally perverse, Reed responded to having a pop hit with Transformer by making a massive bummer of an album, built around reworked versions of a couple of older songs. Berlin is psychologically grueling and unremittingly dark (scariest moment: "The Kids," which ends with a very long tape of children screaming in terror), but the savage contrasts of its sound have gotten more impressive with time. The big production flourishes hit like a hangover, Reed's voice sounds like he's trying to stave off emotional involvement with his lyrics because it would hurt too much, and the multi-layered textures of "Oh Jim" surge and recede like details of a nightmare. The album takes strength to hear, and rewards it. --Douglas Wolk
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So why the 5 stars? Music that can conjure a mood, a time, and a place as strongly as Berlin does deserves our attention and our admiration - Lou's characters let us into their lives, let us feel their suffering, and let us identify and understand our own similar feelings, amazingly all from the comfort of our living room couch.
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The "Citizen Kane" of rock and roll. It's that simple.
Musically the album is a lot better. The best song is "Sad Song" which was originally meant to be on a Velvet Underground album (the original song is on the 2cd version of the album Loaded) It's a huge rock anthem which you probably don't like if you're afraid of bombast. Its lyrics are quite dark and wonderful.
What really makes Berlin a great album is Bob Ezrin's production. He uses big orchestra sounds with a lot of nuances. The most wonderful moment on the album is after "The Bed" when there's first some strange noise and then the flute starts playing the intro of "Sad Song".
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Beautiful and strangely compelling, this wonderfully crafted sad, oh so sad, but musically rich answer to the successes/excesses of Transformer puzzled many critics upon its... Read morePublished 13 months ago by David T. Mathias
the people that play on this cd is wow
jack bruce..steve winwood...ect..one that goes not talked about..
These songs are harrowing but beautiful and ultimately rewarding if you can survive its labyrinthine descent into heartbreak and despair. Read morePublished on Dec 13 2006 by Peter Uys
i won't go into detail on this album as many of the reviews have done a great job doing so.what i want to say about it is simply that as a piece of american art it should be looked... Read morePublished on Sept. 26 2005
This album really makes you wish Lou Reed could bring himself to collaborate more often, or at least work with a producer. Read morePublished on Feb. 16 2004 by elizabeth
pink floyds album the wall is usually said to be the singular most depressing album ever. and its true, it is an extremely depressing album. Read morePublished on Jan. 12 2004 by F. A Ognibene
There are a few albums that have some dreary songs I might recognize, but one that is so important, having the CD is the obvious way to get it. Read morePublished on Sept. 28 2003 by Bruce P. Barten
Yes, its very dark. But its his best solo album. Outside of Live albums I can't think of any of Lou's Solo albums that even compare to Berlin. It's a dark masterpiece.Published on July 19 2003