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  • Summary: Recorded live at Los Angeles' Wiltern Theater in 2003, this 2-disc set finds Reed supported by a small (drummerless) band on material culled from his recent disc 'The Raven' as well as older albums from his 35-plus-year career (including Velvet Underground tunes "Venus In Furs," "Candy Says," and "Heroin"). Expand
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  1. Positive: 8 out of 11
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  1. 84
    The irony is that the closer Reed gets to his present material, the more alive it becomes. [#10, p.87]
  2. As usual, his ego rages, but so, thankfully, does his guitar. [26 Mar 2004, p.72]
  3. 80
    At 62, Reed apparently has indulged in the drug that rejuvenated Bob Dylan's career: enjoying himself. [Apr 2004, p.135]
  4. 70
    It’s worth ploughing through the strange to get to the beautiful, disturbing, fucked-up ‘Venus In Furs’ though, worth the full five stars all by itself.
  5. Serenade offers nice glimpses of Reed's laid-back side.
  6. The two-hour-plus runtime is gratuitous; probably the idea was to present the complete show (a la Alive by Kiss), but the effect is mind-numbing, and most of the successful experiments are lost in well-mannered gray.
  7. The material ranges from the sublime to the good to the galling.

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  1. Positive: 4 out of 4
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  1. brent
    Aug 11, 2004
    Listen to this record despite the list of "professional reviews" compiled above. Lou Reed is an aquired taste and an iconoclast, therefore, doing something so foolish as using conventional pop standards to judge him is impossible. Even without drums this 2003-edition Lou set is hypnotizingly intense. This is his artsy-fartsy side, and for a change, he pulls it off brilliantly. I like feedback-drenched Lou myself, but he never cared what any of us liked anyway. More power to him. Expand
  2. augustusw
    Mar 24, 2004
    How ever you slice it, Lou Reed is a singularity. As his stated mission was to inform Rock'n'Roll with the same depth as great liturature, one can conclude that he has succeeded here. Sure, his guitar playing isn't to all tastes but neither was Carl Sandburgs. Nevertheless it is effective...and that voice is that of the Big Narrator. Songs of Expirience indeed! Mr.Fripp-the Band as mobile intellegence unit is here...and Lou Reed has it! Expand
  3. Shake
    May 24, 2004
    A great artist shows his non-rock 'n roll-side and plays instead a strange but beautiful serenade...
  4. RicardoS
    Mar 25, 2004
    30 years after Rock n'Roll Animal, Lou Reed proves he's still an animal on stage - though tamed and less ferocious. Still, Reed at his (almost) best, apart from some very strange versions of his Velvet themes and an unnecessary Fernando Saunders song. Expand