The Raven - Lou Reed
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  • Summary: Available in two different versions, the latest from Lou Reed is based on the writings of Edgar Allen Poe. The 2-CD set includes tracks with readings of Poe by various actors (such as Willem Dafoe, Steve Buscemi and Amanda Plummer), backed by Reed, while the single-disc set pulls only theAvailable in two different versions, the latest from Lou Reed is based on the writings of Edgar Allen Poe. The 2-CD set includes tracks with readings of Poe by various actors (such as Willem Dafoe, Steve Buscemi and Amanda Plummer), backed by Reed, while the single-disc set pulls only the more song-oriented pieces from the longer version. Hal Willner produces. Expand
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  1. Positive: 7 out of 23
  2. Negative: 5 out of 23
  1. The good stuff is strong enough that anyone who cares about Lou Reed's body of work, or Edgar Allan Poe's literary legacy, ought to give it a careful listen.
  2. The Raven... does fly on the side of the bizarre, but it holds some rich pickings.
  3. In the end, what makes this fabulous disaster of an album work is the passion of Reed's performance.
  4. The outcome is alternately brilliant and awful, adventurous and boring, incisive and pretentious, over-wrought and subtle.
  5. 40
    The format is so rambling and fragmented that is serves neither Poe the storyteller noor Reed the songwriter. [#13, p.97]
  6. The Raven is downright awful, perhaps Reed’s worst album since Metal Machine Music.

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  1. EnriqueR
    Dec 9, 2006
    10
    Lou Reed is a classic. Classics should be listened, not criticised...Is a great albuem, for Reed fans and for Poe fans...and if you have Lou Reed is a classic. Classics should be listened, not criticised...Is a great albuem, for Reed fans and for Poe fans...and if you have anything bad to say, first you should listen "The Velvet Underground and Nico" and remember who Lou Reed is... Expand
  2. Cosmo
    Jun 2, 2005
    10
    Makes me want to dance! The most sensual party album of the decade
  3. erat
    Feb 10, 2003
    7
    Vanity is beautiful.

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