I noticed that some reviewers don't like this album and cannot IMAGINE why we who like it think so highly of it. The simple reason I can give is that it is one of the coolest albums ever made. Lou Reed was cool, I mean almost on a level with John Lennon or Bob Dylan. Nico was cool, in an icy, Germanic way. The songs are cool. They are mostly about seedy life on the streets, complete with references to drug use, free sexual behavior, S&M, runaways, and urban isolation. Even a seemingly benign "glittery" ballad like "Sunday Morning" carries a subtle message about the paranoia and anxiety you feel on the morning after, sort of like the Johnny Cash tune "Sunday Mornin' Comin' Down". "Sunday Morning" is a beautiful song and sometimes very haunting, staying in my head for days. And, speaking of the music... The rock numbers like "I'm Waiting For The Man", "Run Run Run" and "Heroin" can probably be best described as garage band pre-punk with a hallucinatory tinge. The very dark "Venus In...
This review is of the digital download. Perhaps the DVD package had more in it, but for this money for a handful of songs it ain't worth it. I ran an underground newspaper back in the 60s, saw these folk at Beacon Street Theater. Blew out my ears for three days. I'm a big fan, but this offering does nothing for me. Yeah, I know I keep doing this, but ... it's not ambivalence, it's just meh. I enjoyed it, wait for it, but not the best collection. Horrible audio/remastering. Pick another version. It'll be better than this.
Dark, sinister, bizarre, bipolar - the first VU effort deserves its cult icon status - it is truly a fleur du mal of the flytrap variety. Arriving as it did in that sunniest, most hopeful of times - the era of flower power - this odd and unsettling mixed bag stuck out like a sore, gangrenous thumb. What disquieting contradictions! Nico's sweet, flat affect - hypnotizing on Sunday Morning, Femme Fatale, All Tomorrow's Parties, and I'll Be Your Mirror - lured listeners in like an elegant and deceptively fragile spider. Venus In Furs, unnerving and dirge-like, drew you in further, while There She Goes Again and Run, Run, Run kicked good and hard.
But the showstopper here that everybody talked about is Heroin, an unapologetic tribute to the roller-coaster rush provided by this King of all addictive substances. At the time it all seemed just too hip, now it's a little harder to overlook all the lives, famous and forgotten, that have been senselessly shed on the altar of...
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