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Lou Reed - New York

Lou has said that New York is in his DNA. And with this album, he proves it. It came out 22 years ago, but is still relevant and vital. It is my favorite of all his solo albums and close to his best VU stuff too. New York honestly looks at what is wrong with the world, covering many issues: child abuse, poverty, phony politicians, homelessness, AIDS, neglected Vietnam Vets, million dollar Rock Stars. Firmly confronting the problems of modern society, Lou reminds us where we get it wrong as human beings. He’s not standing on a mountaintop preaching to us, but wading through the filth with us. Yet he stands apart from us as he realizes that he cannot solve these problems. He can only sing about them.

His song “Hold On” was published verbatim as an editorial in the New York Times, and given the heading Anarchy in the Streets (New York Times (1923-Current file);  By Lou Reed;     May 10, 1989; p. A35;    1 Page). This album has an adult intelligence that few Rock & Roll albums have. Lou was 47 when he wrote it. I am 47 now, and still feel the youthful anger that these songs emanate. When I need an album to get me fired up, I put this in the CD player.

Musically, New York is one of Lou’s most diverse albums. It even has a little Jazz on it. He rocks out a few numbers. “Busload of Faith” rivals any of his early work for Punk brilliance. “Dirty Blvd” and “Romeo had Juliette” are some of Lou’s best songs. They both work as poetry.

Maureen Tucker plays percussion on New York, and Dion sings backing vocals too. 
Do yourself a favor and listen to this CD!

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*We first published this review in February of 2012*

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Last Updated: 11/01/2013