Lou Reed – “Berlin” (1973)

February 5, 2009 at 1:46 am (Reviews & Articles)

This short but funny review of Lou’s misunderstood masterpiece comes from Rolling Stone (Dec. 20, 1973) and was written by Stephen Davis…

 

Lou Reed’s Berlin is a disaster, taking the listener into a distorted and degenerate demimonde of paranoia, schizophrenia, degradation, pill-induced violence and suicide. There are certain records that are so patently offensive that one wishes to take some kind of physical vengeance on the artists that perpetrate them. Reed’s only excuse for this kind of performance (which isn’t really performed as much as spoken and shouted over Bob Ezrin’s limp production) can only be that this was his last shot at a once-promising career. Goodbye, Lou.

Stephen Davis

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