Metascore
71

Generally favorable reviews - based on 11 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 out of 11
  2. Negative: 0 out of 11
  1. 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.
  2. Serenade offers nice glimpses of Reed's laid-back side.
  3. The material ranges from the sublime to the good to the galling.
  4. 80
    At 62, Reed apparently has indulged in the drug that rejuvenated Bob Dylan's career: enjoying himself. [Apr 2004, p.135]
  5. 70
    As ever with Reed, when it's good, it's blistering. [Apr 2004, p.104]
  6. Even on a daft live album, he refuses to coast. [May 2004, p.106]
  7. 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.
  8. 60
    It can't shake off the usual curse of live albums: an underlying sense, in the context of Reed's studio catalogue, of inescapable superfluity. [Apr 2004, p.114]
  9. 84
    The irony is that the closer Reed gets to his present material, the more alive it becomes. [#10, p.87]
  10. As usual, his ego rages, but so, thankfully, does his guitar. [26 Mar 2004, p.72]
  11. Beautifully performed, but otherwise unadventurous. [#243, p.69]

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