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Import pressing of his 2000. Warner.
As founder-member of the Velvet Underground, anything Lou Reed does is shadowed by that massively influential band--but since his eponymous solo debut Reed has gone his own way. Real commercial success came with 1972's Transformer, and critical acclaim followed in 1973 with Berlin. Subsequently, his solo career has been patchy, but Ecstacy is certainly on a par with his 1989 masterpiece New York. For all his innovation with the Velvets, Reed is, at heart, a rock & roll animal--utilising guitars, bass and drums and refusing to bow to modern styles. The material here is by turns intriguing (the title track, "Modern Dance", "Big Sky"), infuriating (the 18 minute "Like A Possum") and enchanting ("Baton Rouge"); but with his gritty, no-nonsense delivery and lyrics fashioned from hard-boiled American fiction, Reed never fails to involve the listener. --Patrick Humphries
Top Customer Reviews
too much has been made of the failed experiment 'like a possum.' I won't even bother to criticize it..the man is an artist, so everything is more experimental than the stuff on the radio...if he fails, it's still better than boy bands. the highs are higher and lows lower than anything else..that's what happens when you try. so just press the skip button on your cd when 'like a possum' comes up, and smile because it's still an amazing release from a man that should be cited much more often than John Lennon for his influence on so many, many, many musicians.
way to go, Lou.
The mid-tempo rocker Paranoia Key of E opens the album, closer to his talking than his singing style, a love song of dreams & nightmares. On the next, Mystic Child, he sings! Impressive guitar work with stylistic shifts, an urgent beat and passionate vocals make it great.
Mad, about domestic strife, has an interesting, jazzy arrangement, whilst the title track, contrary to its title, is a subdued number in slow tempo, giving impressions of New York with some personal reminiscences. Another song in this style is Tatters - poetic lyrics but not much of a tune.
Modern Dance is a ballad, mostly tender but containing highly melodic segments with driving guitars over a lilting beat. As the song progresses, lovely backing vocals join in to make it sublime. The fierce Future Farmers of America blazes like a comet over the hitherto mostly quiet landscape. Once again Lou sings, the guitars roar and the melody is gripping and memorable.
Then comes one of Reed's most delicate and melancholy songs, Turning Time Around. This one is in the league of Perfect Day and Satellite of Love. What a magical composition with its tender tune, stirring lyrics and sensitive delivery! O by the way, it's about how to properly designate love & mentions Harry, family, lust and the heart's hieroglyphic.
Rock Minuet is a tour de force, a sort of short Street Hassle for the late 1990s.Read more ›
Most recent customer reviews
With the total stereo separation between the guitar tracks, "Possum Day" sounds like Metal Machine Music slowed down. Not a bad thing, not a good thing. Read morePublished on April 22 2003 by M. Aranda
I was VERY disapointed with this record when i put it on. Lou has experienced something of a renaisance in past years. Read morePublished on March 8 2003 by Paul S. Whiston
Lou has done it again!! I have been hooked ever since purchasing this CD. I even wake up at night singing his verses. Read morePublished on July 10 2001 by ROBERT M. STJOHN
Very good as always, but cannot be compared with "NEW YORK", which is a masterpiece.Published on March 20 2001 by Gergellor
Lou Reed's Ecstasy marks the return to form for the venerable rocker, who has existed in the business for over 35 years. Read morePublished on Jan. 24 2001 by M. Packham
Ecstasy, Lou's first studio disc since 1996's subdued Set The Twilight Reeling, takes a serious and unique look at the dissolving of relationships. Read morePublished on Oct. 25 2000 by Edward Howard
So on the Blue Mask love and marriage are at war with Lou's demons. 20 years later love and marriage have become his demons. So much for love and relationships here. Read morePublished on Oct. 18 2000 by aquabug
Lou's best work in years. Lou Reed's certainly is a nasty little disfunctional piece of merde but if you can get by that then the lyrics and the music are powerfully beautiful.Published on Oct. 13 2000 by Henri