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 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. This experiment in rock 'n' roll Poe is a great success even if you occasionally forget that this is rock 'n' roll after all.
  2. 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.
  3. 70
    Demanding, certainly, but a formidable and ambitious endeavour achieved with wit and passion. [Feb 2003, p.86]
  4. The outcome is alternately brilliant and awful, adventurous and boring, incisive and pretentious, over-wrought and subtle.
  5. 40
    All albums are vanity projects, but this vanity may be in vain. [Feb 2003, p.76]
  6. The Raven is downright awful, perhaps Reed’s worst album since Metal Machine Music.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 4
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 4
  3. Negative: 0 out of 4
  1. EnriqueR
    Dec 9, 2006
    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
    Makes me want to dance! The most sensual party album of the decade
  3. erat
    Feb 10, 2003
    Vanity is beautiful.

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