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Berlin

Lou Reed

1973

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Berlin
Album Summary

Berlin is the third solo studio album by American musician Lou Reed, released in October 1973 by RCA Records. A concept album, Berlin tells the story of a couple's struggle with drug addiction and abuse. Initially, critical reception was mixed but appraisals of the album have warmed over the years: in 1973 Rolling Stone declared the album "a disaster", but by 2012 the album was ranked No. 344 on its list of the 500 greatest albums of all time.

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3.1

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Genres

  • Rock
  • Psychedelic Rock

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Sat Jan 16 2021
4

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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Sun Jan 31 2021
2

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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Wed May 12 2021
5

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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Fri Aug 06 2021
5

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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Fri Oct 01 2021
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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Thu Sep 16 2021
4

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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Mon Jan 09 2023
2

It was pretty unremarkable. Why someone would add the sounds of babies crying and pestering children to music is beyond me. There were a couple snippets of interesting composition (the discordant choir into the fluttering wind ensemble at the end of "The Bed" was quite enthralling in my opinion). But, overall, I feel Lou Reed's ambition outpaces his ability, especially as a vocalist.

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Wed Oct 12 2022
5

A heartbreaking album, this. There aren't many albums like this for me, ones that I both love and fear. This is one of those albums I listen to and am grateful for my Lady's mantle to hide in while listening. This album is basically the chronicle of a couple falling in love over drugs and falling apart through the abuse of said drugs, the abuse of each other, prostitution, the disintegration of their family, and eventually suicide by one partner, while the surviving partner, though sad, sees the suicide as a necessary escape and relief. oh oh oh oh oh oh oh what a feeling!

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Sat Aug 13 2022
5

5.0 + Lou Reed set out to create a novel-like album and to me this reads like "Thérèse Raquin" by Emile Zola. He offers us an unflinching look at the insanity of drug addiction - we hear children crying out for "mommy" ("The Kids"), delve into messy sexual liaisons ("Oh, Jim"), feel the humiliation ("How Do You Think It Feels") and witness the violence ("Caroline Says II"). Listening to this record, I can almost inhale the stench of these NYC hovels and see the grime on the counters and walls.

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Mon Dec 26 2022
5

Lou Reed isn't one to placate the listener's imagination. As the Bowie sprinkled, roughed up glam of Transformer became the de-facto go-to album, one would assume that he would gain more momentum by ploughing the same field and reaping more plentiful results. That's not how he worked. He made Berlin instead. Centering on the doomed couple Jim and Caroline, peaking at the harrowing and heartbreaking one-two punch of The Kids and The Bed, this uncompromising study of hopeless love is Lou at his most unforgiving and yet most empathetic. To hell with this not being what anyone wanting to hear in 1973, it is still gripping, unsettling and unrelenting almost fifty years on. Oh, what a feeling.

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Sat Jan 07 2023
5

Sometimes you hear and album that makes you say, "Holy cow, I need to recalibrate my rating scale." This, folks. This is what a 5-star album sounds like. From simple piano melodies to wailing electric guitar over sax and horns, the story packs a heavy emotional punch. I'm overwhelmed.

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Sat Jan 07 2023
5

After the first listen, I thought that the album was interesting, but not one that I am likely to ever revisit. But as I listened again today, I became very captured by it all. I can now see spending much more time with this one.

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Wed Jan 13 2021
4

Can see cultural value, will not listen again

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Fri Jun 18 2021
4

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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Mon Mar 01 2021
3

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

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Thu Apr 15 2021
2

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

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Tue May 04 2021
2

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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Thu Oct 01 2020
5

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

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Mon Apr 05 2021
5

Story telling come to life. Rockin sound

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Sun Jan 24 2021
5

honestly gas. Might buy the vinyl

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Mon Jun 07 2021
5

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

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Mon May 17 2021
5

Third favourite Lou Reed record :).

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Fri Aug 06 2021
5

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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Tue Aug 10 2021
5

Precioso. Bastante triste. Pero precioso.

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Wed Sep 22 2021
5

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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Wed Nov 24 2021
5

First listen and I really really enjoyed it

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Mon Jan 31 2022
5

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

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Mon Feb 28 2022
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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Thu Apr 07 2022
5

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

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Thu May 05 2022
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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Tue Jun 14 2022
5

Lou reed does it again the madman

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Fri Jul 15 2022
5

Beautiful Sad album, even better than magic and Loss

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Wed Jul 27 2022
5

Great album! Lou Reed is an amazing song writer and the musical talent is insane!

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Tue Aug 09 2022
5

Some people just exude coolness. Lou Reed is one of those people. I feel like I should hate this album. It is depressing, but it's not a style I usually like... But it's so fucking good!

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Thu Aug 11 2022
5

Still a very impressive album.

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Thu Aug 11 2022
5

Classic Lou Reed album. I am sticking to general consensus here and rate this album as his best one. "Berlin", "Transformer", "Street Hassle" and "New York" are all 5-star albums.

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Wed Oct 05 2022
5

Back when Lou Reed was still actively channeling the softer side of tVU into his solo projects, he pumped out a beast of an infectious pop-rock album with just enough curious experimental production choices sprinkled around to hint at all the madness he would go on to create later in his career.

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Sat Jan 07 2023
5

Amazing! Stopped what I was doing shortly after pressing play and just listened. Then listened to it again. And then again. Incredible. I’m loving every song on this album. Even though it is really heart-wrenching. Lou Reed knows how to explore some pretty dark places without making me question the artists feelings toward his subject. That’s something that I’ve grown weary of with some of the rap and hip hop artists that have been served up lately. This is the best new thing I’ve listened to in a long time. Absolutely perfect!

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Sat Jan 07 2023
5

This one is kind of rough and gets rougher as you go along. The story is quite upsetting but absolutely emotionally compelling. I really loved the instrumentation. It's such an interesting way to weave together songs that had been done before ("Stephanie Says" becomes "Caroline Says") and I love the idea of following what happens after a lovely romantic vignette like "Berlin," even if it does go to such a dark place. I couldn't get myself to listen to "The Kids" again the second time through and had to skip it—not because it is a bad song, but because it is so difficult emotionally. This one gets you involved and sticks with you.

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Sat Jan 14 2023
5

Recorded and released right after the success of the David Bowie-produced *Transformer*, Lou Reed's *Berlin* couldn't have been *more* of a 180-turn for those who had appreciated his former album. Not only is this a bleak tale about a couple going through the throes of physical abuse, drug addiction, prostitution and child neglect, but also, it's narrated from the point of view of the main abuser, which makes it a difficult and harrowing concept album to say the least. Obviously, the narrator is very unreliable here, so the hints he gives about his suicidal partner actually using him by proxy to destroy herself should be taken with a huge grain of salt. Cynicism and ambiguity abound throughout those dark lyrics, yet the latter also create a mesmerizing thread to help you go from one track to the next. Starting from a minor cut in one of his former recordings, Lou Reed here imagines the tragic fate of its cursed characters with a lot of vivid and striking details. *Berlin* is thus a very "literary" album, which probably triggered all those early criticisms about its depressing and "pretentious" nature. But in retrospect, a "Transformer, vol. 2" would have been far less interesting than what Reed offered us instead, even with such admittedly harsh lyrical contents. What early critics of *Berlin* also seemed to have missed is the fact that the record is actually worth your time if only for the music itself. Reed's wild card here was his producer, Bob Ezrin, mostly known at the time for his grandiose orchestral arrangements for Alice Cooper--ones he would refine a few years later with his legendary handling of production duties for Pink Floyd's *The Wall*. Listening to *Berlin*'s extraordinary closer "Sad Song", everyone who's ever enjoyed "Comfortably Numb" will be automatically be struck by the obvious connection between the two, with the string arpeggio in Lou Reed's song sounding very much like a wonderful draft of the one Ezrin would later pen for the Floyd. And what the producer brings to *Berlin*'s table is not only about orchestral strings: there's also a very dynamic feast of horns, woods and flutes throughout the record, along with soul-stirring guitar solos, slapping drum parts, and haunting background vocals (either gospel-inspired, as in "Caroline Says I", or drawing from the atonal and metaphysical experiments of György Ligeti for "The Bed"'s conclusion). Add to this a few delicate parts played on mellotron and piano by Ezrin himself, along with an impressive list of seasoned performers for all the other instruments (check it on wikipedia), and you certainly have an A+ production team to do justice to Lou Reed's usual melodic flair in those days... All the songs we've quoted up to now are the obvious highlights of this album, to which glorious music hall number "Lady Day" and rocker "How Do You Think It Feels" should be added as well. The first part of side 2 is a little less convincing, admittedly--and the absence of any genuine moment of levity in that LP probably adds to most listeners' fatigue by this point. But the two last tracks of the album--the slow, incredibly dark and despondent "The Bed", also particularly poignant and atmospheric, followed by the cynical yet totally epic closer that "Sad Song" is--easily make up for these potential flaws. Decades after its release, it is thus obvious that *Berlin* is not the debacle that rock critics said it was at the time. Sure, it's dragged by its own heavy weight once in a while, from the dark subject matter of its lyrics to its layered production displaying so many sophisticated arrangements, just like a pusher takes out different drugs from his coat to tempt an addict. Yet as "heavy" as this album is, rarely have trips to hell and back sounded so lush and enticing. It's probably because the devil usually lies in all the little details--and this whether that devil happens to live in Berlin, "Alaska", or anywhere else in the world... 4,5/5 then, here rounded up to 5/5. Number of albums left to review: 679 Number of albums from the list I find relevant enough to be mandatory listens: 158 (including this one) Albums from the list I *might* include in mine later on: 74 Albums from the list I will certainly *not* include in mine (many others are more essential to me): 90

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Wed Feb 01 2023
5

Undeniably depressing subject matter. The kids crying at the end of “The Kids” was very disturbing. Nonetheless, it’s great art even if it’s not super pleasant art. There’s not really a bad track on there, musically, though for the sake of my personal happiness I’ll be avoiding listening to “The Kids” and “The Bed” ever again, even though I think “The Bed” is an exquisitely written track. Favourites were “How Do You Think It Feels”, “Oh Jim”, “Caroline Says II”, “Men of Good Fortune”, and, despite my desire to avoid hearing it again in the future, “The Bed”. Least favourites probably “The Kids” and “Caroline Says I”. Struggled between 4 and 5 stars for the rating on this one … but I think the artistry merits a 5 in the end. Maybe like a 4.75 on a more detailed scale…

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Sat Feb 25 2023
5

Precioso. Bastante triste. Pero precioso.

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Tue Feb 28 2023
5

Lou Reed's Berlin was critically panned and reviled upon its release. The album takes its cue from the track 'Berlin' on Lou Reed's first solo album and expands the story of the couple the song portrays. What follows is a shocking and tragic story of addiction, prostitution, abuse, suicide, and ultimately ambivalence. Mirroring his own disintegrating relationship, Berlin plunges to the depths of despair and anguish and leaves us struggling to find meaning in the pieces left behind. Musically, it is austere, full of a feeling of impending doom, and leaves us with the song 'Sad Song' sung in a major key further disorienting the listener. It is oppressive and brilliant, and I'm not quite sure how to feel about it yet.

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Fri Mar 31 2023
5

Good album, i like lou reed a lot. Is probably his saddest album and stays difficult to really understand. Sad song is the last song but also the best song. Got compared with the feelies, with recommanded album crazy rithms. They sound more like the Velvet Underground. It s also a good album.

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Tue Apr 11 2023
5

Brilliant, although Reed is not the most empathize person

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Fri Apr 14 2023
5

This is astonishing. Such a harrowing story, told really well from start to finish, and one of those rare albums where it really peaks at the end. I don't quite know how it's so captivating, the guy can't sing particularly well, the music is pretty stripped back and relatively simplistic, but it captures the mood amazingly well and allows the lyrics to shine though. It's really hard work emotionally - it tells the story of a marriage breaking down because of infidelity, the husband abusing the wife, and the wife eventually killing herself. The most upbeat it gets (both musically and emotionally) is right at the end - talking about how the abusive now widower is freed to move on with his life by his wife's suicide - not exactly a happy ending but weirdly a little uplifting. Too many of the albums we've had have been way too easy to ignore or lose interest in, this one absolutely doesn't do that. 5/5.

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Tue Apr 18 2023
5

This was very impressive. After listening to 2 albums from Velvet Underground, I had clear expectations for this one when I received it, but it was a surprise to note that the album goes in a completely different direction, and it's great. This was the first concept album that made me care about the characters. Of course, I've listened to some good concept albums (I received, I think, 4 or 5 on this list), but this one made me think about the characters and listen to the album like a fiction book or something like that.

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Tue May 02 2023
5

Well that was bleak! The age old story, boy meets girl, they fall on love and have children, boy abuses girl horribly, she leaves, he has her children taken away, she commits suicide, he pretends to be sad but makes it all about himself. Including the sounds of genuine children's crying. It's really very good. It's also really uncomfortable. Not least because it doesn't feel like it's stopped happening in the 50 years since. I think I like Lou Reed more than I did at the start of this process.

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Sun May 21 2023
5

Album 50 of 1001 Lou Reed - Berlin Favorite Track : Men of Good Fortune Rating : 4 / 5 Such a sad album but so enjoyable at the same time. It also includes of my favorite recordings of all time - Men of Good Fortune with Jack Bruce on bass. This one wasn't new to me but I'm still hearing new stuff each time I listen.

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Thu Jun 01 2023
5

Pretty depressing, but in a good way. I was never really a fan of Lou Reed's solo albums before, having felt that his best work was as part of the Velvet Underground. When I first heard this album, many decades ago, I didn't really like it as it was a bit sparse and sad. Listening to it again, it just keeps getting better and when I got to the end I felt a powerful urge to listen to it again from the start. So I listened to it again, from the beginning to the end and it was even better the second time.

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Fri Jun 02 2023
5

from all the 13 albums so far, I thought Rumours would be fav for a long time! But this one way better than I thought. I knew some of Lou Reeds work before (VU&N, WL/WH, Transformer) and even if it doesn't get close to some if them I loved this album soooooooooo much. Maybe it's because I'm already a Lou Reed fanboy like Bowie but his solo work of what I heard is NOT worse than VU. 9/10 (5/5)

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Fri Jun 16 2023
5

Precioso. Bastante triste. Pero precioso.

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Wed Jun 21 2023
5

This album was really heavy, but also really good. I don't really have the experience to really understand a lot of it, it'll be interesting to come back to when I'm older. The music and lyrics are both memorable, they create a gloomy and uncertain atmosphere together. The music gets better as the album goes on. BT: - Men of Good Fortune - How Do You Think It Feels - Oh Jim - The Kids - The Bed

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Sun Jul 23 2023
5

This album is nothing but bangers Favorite track: How Do You Think It Feels

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Mon Aug 07 2023
5

No sé quantes escoltes al llarg dels anys m'ha costat poder 'disfrutar' (una manera de dir) de 'Berlin'. Moltes, sens dubte. Depressiu, dur, complicat, opressiu. Més mèrit encara que aparegués després d'un disc tan rotund com 'Transformer'. Hom no li pot posar en dubte a Lou Reed la seva valentia al llarg de la seva carrera. Ni la seva genialitat artística

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Fri Aug 11 2023
5

Highlight of this album is obviously Reed’s lyrics, but the instrumentation creates a really great and chilling atmosphere on a lot of the tracks Favourite tracks: Berlin, Lady Day, Men of Good Fortune, Caroline Says II, The Kids, The Bed

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Sun Sep 24 2023
5

Full of emotion and great instrumentals; love the bass and its tone and not surprised to find out it’s Jack Bruce playing!

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Sun Oct 08 2023
5

Great album the songs Caroline Says 1&2 were great and Lou Reed is a legend

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Wed Oct 11 2023
5

Going in I did not expect much. I'm really not familiar with Lou Reed's work. Also not to familiar with VU except for the two albums I listened to on this list from which I liked one and disliked the other. This is straight up a masterpiece. This is going on my regular rotation

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Fri Oct 13 2023
5

beautiful and devastating; they were right to take her children away, though, at least until she cleaned up

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Fri Dec 15 2023
5

Lou Reed annoys me but I liked this album. The stories remind me of a Nelson Algren novel who also wrote Walk on the Wild Side

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Thu Jan 04 2024
5

it was hard not to love this for me. i found it's experimental in a familiar way so it ends up with a very unique sound. elements which struck me as "oh, interesting" are ones that grow on you quickly as he blends the familiar with the new very well. there were bits i disliked, such as the crying in The Kids, but they all make sense thematically so i cannot fault them. in general i really liked this album and it was a big surprise it grew on me so much as when i first listened, i didn't expect such a result

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Fri Jan 05 2024
5

Precioso. Bastante triste. Pero precioso.

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Mon Jan 08 2024
5

Wow! That was something else! I really didn't want to keep listening breeches the end was inevitable, compelling, and tremendously sad.

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Sun Jan 14 2024
5

YUHHHHHH berlin- happy birthdayyy. piano. me when its paradise. 7. lady day- i like that weird piano part its like a villain song. 7 or 8. men of good fortune- he gets me. 6 caroline says I- sorry i was playing red ball 4. 7 how do you think it feels- i like the horns. foxy? like fnaf? 7 or 8 oh jim- theyre shooting me up with pills?? huh. the fade out is interesting. 8 caroline says II- omg just like stephanie... i really love the (womens name) says series. my favorite. 8 or 9. i the kids- ronette my dear dont ever disappear. sorry. 7 or 8. i like the kid crying the bed- damn she slit her wrists? and all he said was oh oh oh. 8 for suicide. the little choir is nice. sad song- flute. im ascending to heaven. the guitar is funny. its not very sad. he gets me. favorite track was caroline says II

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Mon Jan 15 2024
5

In terms of being a concept album that gives you its story from start to finish, backs that up with great instrumentation, and keeps you rather compelled once it really kicks in, then… yeah. We’ve got a great album here. It’s not perfect; even though I think Lou’s voice still ended up being the perfect tone by the end of the album, I don’t think the sort of monotony works at the start, when Jim hasn’t gone completely drug-addicted and insane. It also doesn’t really spell out the idea that there’s a story going on here until about track 6, at least for a presumed “casual” listen like I was doing. If you want to go all in on the concept album, then start with a curtain opening or something; give the listener a very audible clue that this is an overarching story and each song has a part to play in it. I think just because I got so enthralled by it, I have to give it a 5 out of respect for absolutely nailing what it went for, but it's not a very replayable album: if we were going out of 10, I'd probably give it an 8.5/10. I'd recommend the album to anyone, as long as you tell them there's a story first.

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Sun Jan 28 2024
5

Standout- "Lady Day," "Men of Good Fortune,""Oh Jim," "Caroline Says I & II," Lyrics/Vocals- 4/5 Instrumentals- 5/5 Vibes- 5/5 Overall- 5/5 I love Lou Reed, so I went into this with high expectations and was not disappointed. Lou Reed's voice may not be for everyone, but it's distinct. This album felt fun, and a lot of the production value really shined in this album. Lou Reed was a very talented musician, and I say that even without my previously mentioned biases.

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Fri Feb 16 2024
5

Better than "Transformer." Sweeps from cabaret act to soaring orchestral movements without dropping the ball.

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Fri Feb 16 2024
5

How much fiction was poured into this story? What to do with this moving tragedy? Do you think Irvine Welsh was inspired by Lou while writing Trainspotting? Do you think Lou knew the power of his work and its influence on upcoming generations?

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Fri Mar 08 2024
5

Every so often you come across an album where you just can't believe it wasn't on your radar before. Rock operas/concept albums always fit that bill for me - I love albums to have a narrative focus. This one is inventive while also being tuneful. It creates a soundscape that alternates between grooving and being ethereally expansive. Great album!

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Thu Apr 11 2024
5

10/10 definitely a bit different from his other work, but still so great

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Sat Apr 13 2024
5

New to this album. The Bed was haunting.

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Thu Apr 18 2024
5

I'm usually pretty ambivalent when it comes to Lou Reed, but this record was a very pleasant surprise. The orchestration here gave a very proto-Spiritualized vive, which I'm all in on. Immediately my favorite Lou Reed project I've heard.

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Mon Apr 22 2024
5

This is the album that made me stumble upon the 1001 album book! What a powerful album.

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Thu May 02 2024
5

A dour piece of greatly arranged and lyrical commercial suicide. I love it.

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Sun May 12 2024
5

lou reed should have lived for ever oh yeah! this is groovy!

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Thu May 16 2024
5

This was one of my favourite albums as a child. I was in awe of the storytelling. The music was haunting and even the sound effects contributed to such a poignant narrative. The crying children on the kids got me every time. As a concept album, I think it’s complete and not overly long. Deceptively simple but just beautiful in a sometimes sad and horrific way. There is not one weak song here and even though some songs are rewrites or rehashes of older material, they make a cohesive whole. Heartbreaking but a true classic.

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Mon May 20 2024
5

Dark and beautiful. Rough and delicate. What an album.

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Mon Jul 08 2024
5

I didn't expect this album to be a downer. Anyways, I've always liked Lou Reeds softer songs better, and there are a lot of great guitar and piano ballads here. This may be favorite Lou Reed project I've heard so far. Definitely going to need to give this a few more listens.

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Wed Mar 03 2021
4

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

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Tue Mar 23 2021
4

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

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Mon Apr 05 2021
4

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

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Wed Oct 07 2020
4

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

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Wed Jan 13 2021
4

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

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