Lou Reed Berlin. Berlin (2007) 2019-01-22

Lou Reed Berlin Rating: 6,3/10 603 reviews

Lou Reed: Music

Lou Reed Berlin

That is, the wake is the enduring ripple of the Transatlantic slave ships, which drags asunder even in the present. By taking these various, often antagonistic and contradictory elements and shaping them into something new, the trio have created a deep and absorbing album. But then again, the song would probably fade to nothing wthout that wonderful slide, eh, what the hell, it's the best slide I've heard in quite a long time, and it's been a long long long time since I last put on a George Harrison record. The realization led him to investigate the no concessions framework, as well as alternatives practised elsewhere. The album is anything but depressive, and yet, there's something sad in the air when you go and listen to it.

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Lou Reed

Lou Reed Berlin

It is always given a particularly bad rap by critics - some go as far as to call it Reed's absolute worst studio album! As I finished this review and, morally exhausted by the effort, went to the fridge to grab a sandwich, I heard the fridge making the exact kind of noises as captured on some of the album's passages. . I give the example of the Mexican drug cartels -- kidnapping is one of the strategies that they use. While retaining a strong electronic foundation, the focus is on the psychedelic aspect of the music, the core attribute of Teeth of the Sea, and so they deliver a strong, final trip leaving you amidst a haze of sounds and images that are bombarding you from all directions. Is Metal Machine Music that far removed from an album of fart noises? The horn reverberates in the studio to create an even greater sense of resonance, and eventually, Castaldi develops a deeper sense of space and groove by hinting at tempo across the whole kit. Of course, it ain't Sid Vicious or anything - the four-letter words are used in a nice context. Shipp's faithful would expect no less.

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Berlin (Lou Reed album)

Lou Reed Berlin

It is a balanced piece of wonder, beautiful by any measure. Synergizing instrumentation and voice, it is eventually impossible to untangle the two musical entities. But they work, and it's a fact. He still gives tours of his Sacred Ground, and hasn't completely abandoned work on a third volume, working title Bridges of Memory. I still don't understand why Lou went ahead and toyed with rap on 'Original Wrapper'.

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Berlin

Lou Reed Berlin

But I love it all the same. Sonically, the song is rich and layered, with an Eastern-sounding vocal riff serving as the song's musical centerpiece and lots of synths and programming swirling around everything. Wooley scrapes some odd sounds out of his trumpet before properly arriving much later than expected since it was hard to see him there all along. Maybe there's something to be said for effort in minimalist pop. The overheated production and occasional guitar wankery contribute to the mood-destroying as well. The situation is further obfuscated by the murky links which sometimes exist between criminal and terror groups.

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The Pitch

Lou Reed Berlin

The quieter moments on the album are also worthy - like 'Rock Minuet', for instance, another of those little dirty stories of New York street life, life as dirty and grim as the moody inescapable guitar riff it's based upon. It can't be pigeonholed, it can't be described in one sentence. As the piano takes over from Lovano, he doesn't disappear but just moves into the background as Crispell's lines become subtly more prominent. No matter where she goes, the narrator feels like an outcast - and this leads us to the album's final moments. Then there's 'Teach The Gifted Children' which a closes the album so you're particularly grateful to it , b clocks in at 3:20 so you're able to breathe with relief , c has by far the most interesting lyrics on the album so you say: 'He's smart! Or, wait, didn't we see the first part of this story in Cabaret? If your main fetish is stability and consistency, this will be a very irritating listen to you - I virtually hated the album on first listen, but as the 'groove' sets in, you'll feel all relaxed and giddy.

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Lou Reed: Music

Lou Reed Berlin

So you say: 'Yeah, he's a genius, but he sucks! The band gained little mainstream attention during their career, but in hindsight became one of the most influential of their era. On the former, Victoria delivers sensual sweetness, a shadowy chanteuse longing for intangible satisfaction. Hence, Cabral sings about mystical ideas, but even more, her practice of singing is mystical. The song echoes with resonance and mood and her vocal delivery growth in strength while evoking a true distance in line with its title. And the solo is all the more effective because it comes amidst an anthemic composition. Taking their wealth of experience of composing production music for films and video games and their understanding of sound design, they use sci-fi sound design as a means of exploring the minimalist structures of trap and grime.

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Berlin (Lou Reed album)

Lou Reed Berlin

It's not going to work, and so we need to think about other strategies that achieve the legitimate outcomes that governments seek, which is: one, the recovery of their nationals; two, that they achieve that result without making it more dangerous for other people in terms of increasing the amount of kidnapping; and three, minimize the amount of money going to terror organizations for whom kidnapping has become a significant source of financing. If a ransom is negotiated, the hostage might eventually go free. Rather, the fantastical operates to convey Cabral's radical conceptions of a better future. And it paid off - I started to think better of Yoko Ono in the process! It's eccentric music, perhaps, but oddly lovely. Iceland is a place where vastly different natural forces coalesce. And the songs are typical Lou Reed, the same street poetry set to garage riffs and primitive two-chord strums that he actually began with.

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Lou Reed BERLIN Vinyl Record

Lou Reed Berlin

You know I don't like addressing the dead, so my claim goes out to Eddie. If Cabral dismissed the humorous thought of a flying dog, then, the album steeped in theory and radial hope would have never begun. They're doing public executions and videotaping violence and terrorizing whole communities and controlling physical territory in some parts of Mexico, so they're really behaving like terror groups. The idea of the Columbia Icefield takes on the resonance here, perhaps more than the thing itself, in Wooley's search for expressing something large and intensely other. They say the entire album is better than just a sum of its songs. Doesn't actually fit on the album at all if you axe me. I've been lucky to physically survive to this ripe old age and to remain twenty-three in my heart.

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Berlin

Lou Reed Berlin

The vocals explain more than excite. She makes one pity the poor inmate busted for nothing but shootin' his wife. There's a stark difference between the depiction of men and women in religious art from that period. Sincerity and care are present in her vocals and the connection they deliver for the listener, resulting in an album that grows in strength in an engaging manner as it progresses. Lou Reed's first solo album is often carelessly overlooked in favor of Transformer, his much more well-known 1972 glam-rock 'masterpiece', but it's a shame, because this particular record is quite good. With noises and samples detonating around it, it's this synth line that maintains its direction, like moonlight illuminating a clear path over rocky terrain. Here the collection temporarily loses sight of the overt interconnection since the inclusion of sacred music is more reflective of specific cultural standpoints.

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