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Berlin

Lou Reed

1973

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Berlin

Rating

3.09

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Love VU but Lou Reed's solo stuff is real hit or miss with me. Love the album before this, Transformer, with Bowie's production. I'm sure we'll get around to that one. This one is a little too bleak for me though. I found The Kids to be unbearable, skipped the fucking track when it got to the kid crying. He's recycling a fair amount old unused VU material in places. Like the prominent bass by none other than Cream's Jack Bruce, but that's about it.

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Casualidades que haya tocado White Light primero de Velvet, todavía sin el debut y ahora aparece primero Berlin antes de Transformer. Está dejando en un lugar extraño al pobre Lou Reed para quien no lo conoce mucho. Creo que este disco puede verse ya sea como una obra de arte de genio macabro o un pozo sin fondo de desesperanza y sonido estridente. No sorprenderé a nadie al decir que mi opinión está en el primer campo. Cuando la gente quizá esperaría otro disco hacia el rock glam después de Transformer este inicia totalmente barroco, con un sonido justamente como si fuera un cabaret de Berlin en los 20s y de ahí comienza musicalmente a saltar, con ese sonido característico en toda canción que se puede saber inmediatamente que, a pesar de ser unas caóticas, otras más romanticonas otras hacia rock, tienen ese sonido de Lou Reed. Puedo entender cierta parte de lo que algunos pudieran criticar en esa inflexión un poco repetitiva y cortada que tiene siempre al cantar y que se nota mucho en este disco pero debo decir que ahí de manera personal me agrada y nunca he tenido problema con ella. Líricamente ha quedado patente que me agradan los proyectos llenos de desolación y de historias trágicas (mira se enamoraron... ahora son drogadictos... ahora les quitaron a sus hijos.... ahhh ahora se suicido! AAAH vale madre que se vaya a la chingada otra persona se hubiera roto los dos brazos!) e incluso fuera de la historia literal tanto la prosa como rima de Lou Reed es como siempre inmejorable hacia lo que se puede interpretar de manera personal al ver el disco como la metáfora de un rompimiento y lo personal que pueden hacerse estas canciones. Un disco concepto que funciona de manera perfecta en su concepto y de manera separada. No tengo ningún punto malo personalmente, es musicalmente variado, atrevido e hipnótico y en su contenido temático perfectamente ejecutado. Como mencioné, puedo entender quizá algo de la crítica y por qué a alguien podría no gustarle (o incluso sentirse repelido de primera instancia y no terminar de escuchar el fondo real del disco), pero para mí es de esos discos que son prácticamente perfectos.

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5

Holy shit this album is sad. As a follow up to transformer I was expecting something along the same lines, but I can honestly say I was caught off guard and also extremely impressed. This album is the definition of “gauntly beauty”- I bet Tim Burton loves it. A really solid listen, but don’t listen to it if you’re depressed cause it won’t make things better

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Can see cultural value, will not listen again

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This one is completely and utterly new to me. Have not heard a single Lou Reed song. I don't even think I've actually heard a Velvet Underground song. This is probably the most "difficult" album so far (after 3 days). Some atonal melodies, some depressing subject matter. I, for one, love when a band or an artist is fronted by someone who kind of can't sing. Reed's vocals are the highlight here for me. I can hear how he influenced Bowie, and a handful of other artists. I can even hear a bit of Waters-era Pink Floyd in this. You can also see this being an early form of a rock opera or concept album. I can also hear how Reed influenced a lot of the punk scene. These songs maybe don't 'sound' like punk, but the lyrics are filled with anger, rage, shame, and malaise. I don't think Reed was in a good place when he produced this. The Caroline tracks really stand out to me, as does Oh, Jim and also The Bed. Interesting to end the album with Sad Song, probably the least sad song on the album, and the most heavily produced. I'll have to sit with this a while, but I could see myself coming back to it.

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When Spotify finished this album, it jumped to Nick Drake, which I thought was appropriate, because it has the same feeling of sadness and down-and-outness. Nick is more whimsical and poetic while Lou is gritty, blunt and degrading. The arrangements and muddy production add to the feeling of gloom. Kudos for even attempting something like this.

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I was expecting this to be much more dirge-like than it was. The subject matter and story is unrelentingly bleak, and I expected there to be no way I could enjoy hearing it set to music. But Lou's voice is the perfect vessel for the unsettling journey, in equal turns sneering, snide, vulnerable and broken. And musically, there's a lot to enjoy here. Orchestral arrangements! Wild drums! That soaring guitar solo in How Do You Think It Feels! Caroline Says I is actually a catchy-number. Others (Berlin, Lady Day) feel like show-tunes in their instrumentation and delivery. Producer and arranger Bob Ezrin would go on to work on Pink Floyd's The Wall, which this feels a lot like a precursor to (especially the wonderful Sad Song's Comfortably Numb-ish strings). Overall I enjoyed this album a lot, dark and devastating as it was.

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Seems like a heroin riddled, disjointed, autobiographical confession set to music.

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Je suis sincèrement désolé Lou Reed mais je me suis levé du mauvais pied et tu vas prendre pour tous tes petits camarades à qui j'ai mis 3 alors que je n'étais pas franchement emballé. Maintenant écoute-moi bien petite merde, ce que tu fais est nul à chier, tu n'as pas une once de talent. Que cette critique te serve de leçon mais serve aussi d'exemple à tous ceux qui oseraient s'aventurer dans un style proche du tien.

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It was folk rock not really singing but kinda talking o er the music , still good stuff

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Story telling come to life. Rockin sound

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Quase literatura

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honestly gas. Might buy the vinyl

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WOW. I love velvet and have some of his solo stuff ( I even like metal machine music). Never heard this. Fucking masterpiece. Tragic and bleak. Full of emotion, tells a clear story and has amazing instrumentation/ production.

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I think I enjoy this album even more than Transformer, such as wonderful songs

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Third favourite Lou Reed record :).

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ME voy a arriesgar con éste disco y ponerlos entre los mejores que he escuchado en mi vida. Me gustan los discos conceptuales, tristes, grises, lúgubres y esté definitivamente lo es. Le vi mucho parecido a The Wall, no se si Waters estuvo esvuchando a Lou

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I'm partial to storytelling, so I like the concept of a rock opera. I also really like Lou Reed as a lyricist and storyteller, although some of his songs leave me wanting the rest of the story. This album provides that. In my mind, I pictured the songs portrayed by puppets a la the rock opera that Jason Segel's character composes in "Forgetting Sarah Marshall." But maybe puppets playing Caroline and Jim would make the tale even more tragic. Listening to the progression of characters through different songs does require a more concentrated effort. And "The Kids," with actual children crying and calling for their mother was really effective at selling the sad tale of Caroline. It also really grabbed the attention of my three year old.

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Sad Song is my favorite.

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5

First listen and I really really enjoyed it

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Lou knocks it out of the park with the Storytelling and ambience of this one. Excellent job.

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5

First time listening to this album, I’m a fan of transformer and the VU albums. Wow this was a bleak and haunting masterpiece. Great story telling throughout the album.

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5

Love lou Reed, this was a great album, I'm sure he'll have more on this list

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5

Oh, this was great - I've mainly listed to "Transformer" before, but this is much more consistent in tone and quality. I definitely want to revisit it more. Fave track - "The Bed", maybe? There's one hell of a suckerpunch in the lyrics...

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Great except for The Kids. Holy hell, what a stressful song!

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I prefer transformer, but theres beauty to be found here among all the death and sadness.

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I liked this a lot.

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7.5/10

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Thought this would be harder to like than it was but the musicianship is on point here

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Depressed, heroin addict, Bowie-esque. V. good.

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it didn't contain the only Lou Reed song I know, but did enjoy it.

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Iznenadjujuce dobar

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Really enjoyed it- Good work music.

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It’s alright, honestly an easy listen.

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It’s all over the place and a bit of a mess tbh. But it’s Lou, so it’s still gripping.

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gostei, nao conhecia esse

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estranho mas legal

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Lou Reed is always interesting at least. I don’t love all of his work, but overall this album is very good. Caroline Says II in particular is beautiful.

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nice and mellow, but not super engaging

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Really liked "How do you think it feels" and "men of good fortune"

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this is very, very good, nice lyrics, guitar, and sound mixing

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Not the Lou Reed I know but one that I did enjoy

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My loo read this week has been 'Jade: Fighting to the End' by Jade Goody. A terribly heartbreaking account of her winless battle with cancer. As erotic fiction goes, it was a right let down. Her earlier work of being naked and racist on Big Brother was much more stimulating. How am I supposed to keep an erection whilst reading about a dying woman? I'll tell you how - by simultaneously watching Fireman Sam whilst reading. Naughty Norman Price and dying Jade Goody. What a combo.

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not bad

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The opening tune is a great way to start an album. The listener is immediately taken to Berlin. Allan Macmillan's piano playing on the song Berlin has always been among my favourites. It's not the technical ability as much as the sound of his piano. If I bought the same piano would simple notes sound that good? Life's great mysteries. I quite like Lou Reed. The songs on his early  albums are much better live since I find his band at that time didn't really let go in the studio. It's still fabulous as Lou always is but the 5 stars will have to wait for his later records. (as I  cross my fingers that 1001 will include those later albums)

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Heard it, lol. Depressing album for sure when I first heard it. Not my fave Lou Reed. Its fine though.

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I used to have this on tape but I never really liked it at the time. 20 years or so on, I quite like this rictus grin dark glam cabaret. I still don't like Ezrin's glossy production which seems at odds with the dark subject matter. I still can't really find a narrative in the songs but it doesn't matter tbh.

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Gillar Lou Reed så detta blir säkert nice! Inte alls som hans bästa, hade satt 3,5 om det gick, tror dock sad song väger över så d blir 4

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Zweitbestes Album von Lou reed

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Schönes Album!

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pretty good better than last album

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Dakle, evo ga nakon dugo dugo vremena idem slušati, jer mi je ovo propušten album, inače 85. album, a mi smo sad na 418. albumu. Uglavnom, to je Lou Reed, il ga voliš il ne - nakon Velvet Undergrounda se okušao u solo vodama, prije ovog albuma je napravio Transformer jači od ovog albuma, međutim ovaj album se po meni više ističe tema koja govori o upotrebi droge, prostitucija, depresija, obiteljsko nasilje i samoubojstvo. Milina za pročitat a? Uglavnom, Reed u svom punom sjaju (Transformer - Berlin - New York), jedino sam te preslušao, vidit ćemo kasnije.

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I liked the album although I haven't listensedto the whole thing, it was definitely interesting and cool. I had never listened to Lou Reed before, but I definitely like it and want to listen to more.

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4

What’s not to like about Lou Reed. As an album it dances between big band rock and roll and ballad style blues, which fits pretty much perfectly with the themes of drug addiction and abuse that run through the album.

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It’s a dark and uncomfortable album but I enjoyed the story telling

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A great album!

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I love how dry and sad his voice is. the songs were all really great and “How Do You Think It Feels” was the perfect kind of catchy. a really solid album. 4.5

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Pretty standard for a Lou Reed album, and there’s nothing wrong with that

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4

Loved most of it. The baby crying was absolute torture though. And the parts of songs that were just kind of noise? No thanks. But his voice is perfect and, for the most part, the songs made me feel like I was in a dream.

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4

Mr. Reed is an interesting fellow. I liked the album, just strange vocals.

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Rating: 7/10 Best songs: Lady day, Sad song

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I think this might just be a work of genius. Ambitious, poetic, fascinating. I leaned five stars but wouldn’t be fair after just one lesson. But the potential is there.

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Great album. Seems very maximalist and I love the vocals and instrumentals. It had aged beautifully and sounds like it could’ve come out in the past decade.

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Reed sings almost without emotion, and his album has the character of a reportage. Reed's monotone voice and light boogie rhythm practically created a new kind of singer-songwriter, who can be a distant observer and an engaged protagonist at the same time. (7/10) Favourite Tracks: Caroline Says II, Sad Song

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4

A good artistic album but a bit slow for me and not one for my rotation.

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More like 4.7

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magnificently bleak - a bitter, gloomy heavyweight.

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Lou Reed certainly has an odd sensibility, but he manages to pull it off somehow. His desire to pull you into some of the darkest corners of the world and force you to look directly at it mixes in an interesting way with his desire to play beautiful music. 4/5

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Good music, bit depressing

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This was very good

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4

A great listen! I need to get into more Lou!

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4

Loved it! Lou Reed has a fantastic voice. The fact that it tells a story is cool, and it ranges across genres. I can see how the critical reception would have been bad due to the cross genre nature of the album, but I thought it was cool how the songs ranged from rock to folk to jazz

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4

Rough around the edges, and a little patchy in places. But this album delivers an amazing story, funky wild and artsy vibes, and some verifiable bangers. It ain’t perfect by a long shot but it’s going to be rattling around in my head for a long while.

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4

This was really good! Added to the list of purchases! Love this generator for bringing me stuff I’d never have actively sought out prior! Really good album!

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I'm glad I didn't have this album when I went through the really rough patches in my life.

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4

Quite low-key but one of his best

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very cool concept album

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4

Took a couple listens, but really liked it.

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I'm liking Lady Day. But I feel like this isn't necessarily the best of Lou Reed. Caroline Says and How Do You Think it Feels also decent. Oh Jim also is pretty good. Okay, actually getting into the second half of the album more than the first--Caroline II basically is just Stephanie Says, but slowed down, but it's a great song so I'm willing to overlook it. I like Sad Song a lot too.

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Pretty good. Not his best work though.

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Not too bad, I don't think I'll ever actually be a Lou Reed fan (he can't sing for shit and his songwriting is that clunky "it was acceptable in the 70s" just-before-punk stuff), but at least this isn't going to make me want to kill myself rather than wait for it to finish... unlike some of the albums on this list. 3/5.

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Saaaaaad song

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Love Lou reed but feel like he can be hit or miss a lot of the time

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3

Not too familiar with his stuff but a solid record overall.

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3

Dark subject, slow, lot of instrument (brass, violin, synth)

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3

So boring, but not bad.

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Meh

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3

- Chill Rock

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3

not very catchy or memorable

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3

It was a dark album. I thoroughly enjoyed it though I doubt I would listen to it often due to the lyrical content.

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@@@. Nice, always like LR.

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3

A few stand out tracks but overall, not something I would listen to start to back on a regular basis.

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3

If you didn't know, you probably wouldn't think this was a Lou Reed album. Mellow, but interesting.

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This album is one that needs to be listened to as a whole and not as individual tracks. The story is depressing and covers some dark subject matter (from drug addiction, abuse, getting your children taken away and suicide). I was not a fan of it the first listen (its slow, the music comes in short bursts and the singing is not at all melodic) but after diving into the lyrics you can see how this approach lends itself to the subject of the album. Not the greatest album from lou reed but a great story(though extremely sad)

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3

Not terribly excited by this album. I imagine there will be other Lou Reed albums on the list that I will enjoy more. The tracks that most caught my attention were "The Kids" and "Sad Song."

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3

I just don’t see how this is anything special. Maybe I need to be on heroin. It’s not terrible but nothing I need to hear again.

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3

Not bad, not amazing. Lou Reed reminds me a little of David Bowie. This album was sadder than I expected.

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God that "The Kids" song is stuff nightmares are made of

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I was hoping I would like this more than I did. It wasn't terrible, but not really great either.

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3

Dark and bleak. Not my favourite album! I know some of the tracks but hadn't ever listened to this in its entirety. Could benefit from more listens. Covid recovery might not be the best time for this one!

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Chill rock vibes, I liked it but I don't see the mass appeal

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3

Kinda meh, songs are way too dramatic, but some good ones

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Overall good. Intimate rock

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3

Okay album. Vocal heavy, nice guitars and piano.

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Enjoyed it. Good background music.

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Sometimes maybe good, sometimes maybe shit

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big fan of Sad Song. the rest was just ok for me.

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Stand-out tracks: Lady Day, Men Of Good Fortune, The Kids, Sad Song

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3

Pretty good, expected. Like Lou a lot

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Ting tings

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Lou Reed tem semelhanças com Bob Dylan a meu ver, a maneira como expõem as ideias é semelhante. Contudo, Lou Reed musicalmente é mais interessante, com instrumentais mais complexos e interessantes. No geral um bom álbum mas não a minha praia. Nota: 5/10

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Dark!

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It’s okay. Always liked the Lou Reed vibe but this album not the best.

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je me suis tormpé lors de mon commentaire precedent, rupwert n'existe pas je parlais evidemment du detestable robwuppert

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3

Sombrio

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*i liked this one a lot *bluesy/rock

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Some nice tracks

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Dark?

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I liked this one more so than transformer, but it's still a solid 3 to me. Not a bad album, by any means. but not super my style.

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The tempo is slow, but has a good build up, and that makes it interesting to listen to 3/5

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was goed

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ok very chill but the one with the crying kid freaked me out

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I love Lou but this one is not my favorite. It has its moments but the arrangements and production are so farcfrombthe velvets as to be almost unrecognizable. Ii does have its moments but just a 3 for me .

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3

Interesting. Completely new to me. I heard a lot of similarities to other rock operas.

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There are a few hints of greatness here and there, but I mostly couldn't get into it. Treat it like the concept album it is, and you'll get more out the experience. I probably wouldn't revisit most of these tracks individually. I liked "Men of Good Fortune" and "Caroline Says II" the best.

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Talk-singing piano dirges. Liked it but some misses, wasn't feeling Caroline Says. Had a rock opera feel to it. Overall ok, one of those musician names I heard a lot but never really knew the music. Interesting concept album I think.

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Un disco difícil pero del que reconozco su valor, mezcla por un lado elementos musicales muy estándares y bonitos (casi pop) con letras súper crudas y desgarradoras y su propia voz que nunca es fácil. Me gustaron algunos arreglos de bajo y el solo de guitarra de Oh Jim.

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Bueno... este disco tiene una letra y una temática super densas. Fue un poco como escuchar “wish you were here”, pero con tema de pareja en lugar de tema de padre-hijo, pero no sólo por la letra, sino también musicalmente. Llama la atención el uso de elementos como el llanto, los gritos, etc. Algo muy conceptual, pero que ayuda a la atmósfera sombría del disco. Aunque sí me gustó, lo calificaré con 3 porque no me imagino escuchándolo muy seguido, creo que me deprimiría. Sólo guardé “sad song”, que fue mi canción favorita del disco.

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3

Not as good as Transformer

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On my own I don't really listen to Lou Reed. In general, there are a few things that I like from Reed, and a bunch of stuff that I would be fine not listening to. This was an interesting listen. Most of the music was okay. A few of the songs had some odd background audio, and I wasn't sure what I thought of some of the backing from instruments from the orchestra. Maybe I'd get more out of it on a second listen. The album probably hangs on to an official "okay"

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Folk

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Weird, strange, and offbeat in a way that only Lou Reed truly ever was. Unfortunately, he never really clicked with me, and this album is no different. It's fine, and I enjoy it in spots, just not as a whole. Favorite tracks: "Caroline Says I", "How Do You Think It Feels"

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3

Good lyrics Good voice Stop-starty Gets good on side 2 The Bed is an amazing track

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Didn't hit me in the right mood

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It's fine. Very Lou Reed-y. 6/10

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A very interesting album. Lou reed never does things the traditional way, which is what made him pretty special. This album probably required more listens than I gave it but what I heard it felt ok. Pretty average. 5.2/10

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Theatrical

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I like Lou Reed's voice, but this album doesn't seem particularly special. I listened and didn't mind it, but it never fully arrested my attention.

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On Berlin, old school Lou Reed sings in his crackly drawl It was very nice Candlelight and Dubonnet on ice We were in a small cafe You could hear the guitars play It was very nice Oh honey, it was paradise

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Lou has a great voice. Some brilliant songs are written in 5 minutes. Some songs sound like they were written in 5 minutes. I'm sure this album has both.

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Weird

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6/10

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Weitgehend uninteressant aber Songs wie „Kids“ heben den Gesamteindruck auf 3.2

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3

Wow. Raw and painful and awful and so important. I didn’t enjoy the first half; I HATED the second half and that’s why it’s so good. I need a warm bath.

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3

Damn this is some sad subject material

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3

love lou reed but he definitely has some stronger albums.

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3.5/5 Love a concept album. The songs on their own are nothing special but together they make a great album.

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Weird Lou but it did get musical. Crying baby freaked me out. Thought it was someone still logged on Teams. I'm a Lou Reed fan from afar.

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You have to be in the mood for some Lou Reed, otherwise it just sounds like a dude trying desperately to halftalkhalfsing about bleak shit in order to seem edgy maaaaaaaan.

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ok sound, definitely retro music. the song with kids crying was awful.

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Rough listen 3

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Nice, would listen again I liked it a lot; extremely torn between a 3 and a 4 Didn't enjoy the vocals though; they felt much too lazy and dispassionate for the really good music. I have a hard time remembering any specific songs after listening, but I remember it being pleasant. I'll come back one day

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3

Lou Reed is one of those artists who is very hit or miss for me. Also depends a lot on my mood that day. Today I was digging this. Not the worst thing he has done but not the best either. 3.5/5

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3

It was not terrible.

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It was similar to Transformer with it's use of orchestra/piano/genre hopping but the songs are nowhere near as memorable. It was pleasant to listen to and I like Lou Reed's voice (he's not a great singer but knows his limit and how to make it an effective instrument). Not bad.

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Nooit eerder gehoord, vond het niet slecht, ook niet heel spannend.

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This one did not draw me in as much as I expected it to.

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Oooo, I like this one. Dark and intriguing to me. I'll come back to it to listen better to the lyrics, but musically I found it rather engaging.

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Good musicianship from the stellar band. Bit overly sad and depressing towards the end. Better than expected, but not going to be playing in the future. 3 for music, but 2 for overall enjoyability.

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Don’t mind Lou Reed but nothing to write home about.

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Mostly solid but unremarkable throughout, but the last couple songs are kind of annoying. I absolutely do not want to hear whining children when listening to music, thank you very much.

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don't like this at all. I think it's lame. i'd give a more formal opinion but not really in the mood, i'm sure it's impressive but it kinda sucked in my subjective opinion

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Berlin is a weird song.

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Not really sure what to say about this one. I had it on the background more than actively listening, Lou Reed is certainly a mood but I couldn’t listen to him all the time

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2/5

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quaalude party

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Pra uma premissa tão dramática o album foi calmo demais... Não gosto muito de música falada.

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Meh

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I don't think I've heard a full Lou Reed album either. I do not mind the style, but there are way better Lou Reed songs IMO. Nothing really grabbed me here.

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I like a few of lou reeds songs but definitely not this album. Just found it kind of boring

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nah man

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Forgettable

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I #respect Velvet Underground and Lou Reed’s contribution to music and the influence of so many of the bands I love. I don’t dislike this but it’s not for me. I’ll keep trying. The dish of a cooky deep voice guy is best served by Iggy Pop for this reviewer

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Lou leading the rude rebellion, but not a lot standing out for me. Must be one of those ‘minimum 7 listens to get into it’ type albums. Ain’t nobody got time for that.

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I can appreciate how his sound on this album fit into the NYC landscape at the time. While there's moments of interest, I can't get into his vocal styling, unfortunately.

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A very quirky alternative rock album from the early 70s with interesting instrumentals that draw the listener in. My biggest qualm with the album, however, is Lou Reed's style of singing, which is so rhythmically disjointed and melodically faint that it almost resembles spoken word. "The Kids" and "The Bed" are two songs that may have been better off as poems, however "Sad Song" ends the album with a very catchy and memorable, chorus-heavy feeling. Overall, this feels like an early David Bowie album if he had been American with much less energy.

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An unholy mess

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lou reed çok sevmem ama kötü bir albüm değil

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Lou Reed is one of those guys who just talks in a sing songy voice over some occasionally catchy music. Not terrible, but not entirely my bag.

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I hope this is about drinking, I think Berlin is the city where I have drunk the most in a short period of time

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Berlin?... More like Bore-lin.

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Live albums aren’t often great, this is no exception

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I listened to it twice to try and understand the hype. It just didn't do anything for me.

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songs felt repetitive and whiney

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A very depressing listen.

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Ahhh it's not great, is it? 🧑‍🦽

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Got bored and just listened to velvet underground instead. Nothing special

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Bit miserable

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Very dark

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Eh

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Just how I felt when listening to transformer, I’m just not a Lou Reed guy. I get it, I see why he’s important but it just doesn’t work for me. Should I give this album a higher score because I at least understand it’s cultural significance? Probably. Am I going to? Nah.

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I guess this is a rock opera? It sounds like bad, on the nose poetry over simple guitar. I like the other Lou Reed I've heard but this is kind of tedious.

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There is better Lou

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Mitäänsanomaton, soi taustalla läpi kuitenkin häiritsemättä.

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Tylsä

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Dull and forgettable. A few nice moments but overall disappointed.

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While don’t necessarily dislike much of this album, there s also very little of it that caught my attention. You probably really need to be in the right frame of mind to listen to this and maybe I wasn’t - but overall I found it dull, tedious and I’m very unlikely to revisit

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It's a pretty dark album we get from Lou Reed here. With what is essentially a concept album, with the telling of a couple's struggle with drug addiction and abuse. Best: Caroline Says I Worst: The Bed

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Kinda melancholy. Didn't love or hate. Just was. Prolly wouldn't listen again.

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I like the VU and everything but Lou Reed's solo work mostly leaves me cold. This is no different.

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Awfully boring

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Minimalist album, very underplayed. That said, I like the band. A niche album, not for me.

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Kind of a low-fi Velvet Underground record, and not really my style.

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Got bored. These songs aren't for me.

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Nah, not for me

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He’s weird

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I like the fact that it's a concept album, but that is literally the only thing I like about this. I like Lou Reed's work with the velvet underground but I can't seem to get into his solo stuff.

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On initial listen I was immediately comparing it to Transformer, which on a second listen is unfair - as you can tell Lou Reed wanted to do something different, a concept album, the tragedy tale of a couple's misadventures. Did I enjoy it? Some good songs on there, but overall, not really.

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Lou Reed n'est pas l'artiste le plus facile d'approche. Je sais que les textes ont une très grande importance dans cet album et ça a dérangé beaucoup après le succès de Transformer, mais ce n'est pas la première chose que j'écoute, surtout dans une autre langue que le français. Il faudra que je réécoute pour ça. Côté musical, on est quand même dans du stock accessible si on compare à ce qu'il a fait par le passé. Les arrangements sont bien et quand même élaborés. Ce n'est pas un album de gros hits, mais c'est intéressant à écouter pour savoir ce que c'est.

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Beetje zouteloos.

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Beetje saai, Lou.

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Ay, qué feo.

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Instrumentally pretty cool, but the vocals were grating after a couple songs

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Extremely unmemorable; I did listen to it, but I could not tell you anything about it.

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Thoroughly underwhelmed

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Lou Reed. Licht. Viel Schatten. Und dann dieses Album, bei dem ich nicht weiß, was es mir sagen soll. Vielleicht verstehe ich es auch einfach nicht. Ich habe mich dabei kolossal gelangweilt. Muss ich nicht noch mal haben.

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Miserable chatting man with noise

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Quite boring

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Epitome of white people music. Uhmmm beginning was slow, then the end gets really dark... I was expecting too much yet again. Looked up the album, apparently it was commercial flop.

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Meh - Lou isn't even singing. He's speaking along with the music. 3/10.

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Meh

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I really wasn't a fan of this one, I'll have to agree with the early critics and call this hot garbage and wtf was up with the lyrics, especially at the end and then the part where it just sounds like everyone's dying??

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I hated this.

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This wasn’t music, it was a monotone dirge *

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They can’t all be einners

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Lou Reed meeh

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Strange different. Interesting to listen to once

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dont know if i can listen to this. cannot make out what hes saying thank god for spotify lyrics. caroline says i is so embarrassing. well its over, ended up not hating it THAT much, but i cant get into the lyrics and the way he sings.

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neej, sinds LULU kan ik echt geen Lou reed meer horen.. It's a no for me

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“Berlin” by Lou Reed (1973) Grimy and decadent. This is not to say it’s devoid of merit. Grime and decay deserve their day, especially in that grimy and decadent cultural débâcle known as the mid-20th century. Let’s have a wallow in the squalor before we step off the cliff (Roe v. Wade). This concept album approaches opera, as it tells a story of Jim and Caroline, whose imperfect (to say the least) relationship provides the mood for scattered evocations reminiscent of the dark side of art from Berthold Brecht to Andy Warhol. Caroline is a drug addled whore of a mess, aspiring to better lovers than Jim. But she’s Jim’s queen—a sentiment that doesn’t keep him from beating her black and blue when she’s under the influence. Feigning apathy in the face of the cruelty of fate, Jim congratulates himself that he didn’t break both her arms. There are some fine musical moments here, (e.g., the outros of both of “How Do You Think It Feels” and “Sad Song”), but not enough to pull this one out of the gutter. Or the back alley. Or whatever. Resolution without redemption, as fits the genre, but on the infinitesimal chance that you might want to listen to this fictional journal of schizophrenic ideation, I won’t spoil the ending. Excuse me while I go disinfect my headphones. 1/5

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I've heard this name before. Always thought he was a producer. Nope, just a boring jazz slug or something. Awful.

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What a disaster. It starts off bad then gets a little better only to spiral back down. I did not care for this album. It was not enjoyable. I skipped a couple of songs because I was over the album by that point.

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Is there a zero?

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"Paranoia, schizophrenia, degradation, pill-induced violence and suicide" and Reed's "spoken and shouted" performance.”

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Not really enjoying this. Disappointed. Thought it would be a blinder, but average at best. Lou Reed sounds bored mist of the time. Some half decent choons but generally pretty dull and body

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No

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Man I love transformer and Velvet Underground. Ans you know I get it was a concept but it really did sound like someone od ing and throwing up in an alleyway. Absolute Jizz.

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Ik kan echt helemaal niets met die gast.

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