People just don't get it do they!
Zarathustra | somewhere in the mountains | 04/30/2010
(5 out of 5 stars)
"The reason for all this?, it's Transformer heads who expected another Transformer, but he did something different, he did something demanding, something pure and compelling. The same thing happened to The Clash with Sandinista!, rockers want rock and nothing that needs thought and reeks with compassion.
As you can read I feel very strongly about this, it really annoys me. This is easily, without doubt lou Reed's greatest piece of work that should be hailed and revered after! compare it to transformer and the latter looks like complete filler-r-us!
Please buy it if you have taste, it's really mesmerising and rewards with constant experience."
An abonimable terrible masterpiece
Kenneth Newman | rural MI | 01/09/2010
(5 out of 5 stars)
"As beautiful as the moon, as terrible as an army with banners. What so many reviews are missing is that this album is both a terrible piece of crap and also a work of floored genius. It can be both at the same time, lousy and excellent, and it is precisely that which makes it so exquisite. It helps if you were around at the time and remember the enormous hype in the giant ads about "A Sgt. Pepper for the 70's" and then the universal hatred it deservedly received upon release. And yet, and yet, it endures, and bears listening to hundreds of times. And there are some of the greatest "musical moments" of many of the performers, especially the awesome Jack Bruce jamming lines. It is schlock elevated to the highest of forms, a three-penny opera. Someone somewhere in this reviews section must mention Brecht/Weill and song cycles, so it might as well be me. Were it not for the fact that it probably kept thousands of people from pursuing their demise through drugs, I'd say this is a masterpiece which taints the listener and makes him a worse person for it, a sublime guilty pleasure. Awright, I better wrap up this turkey of a review pretty quick, before I puke."