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  • Summary: The first new studio release in eight years for the E Street Band member features six songs co-written with Lou Reed.
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  1. Positive: 6 out of 7
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  1. May 23, 2019
    80
    The album serves not only as a fitting tribute to his late friend and collaborator but a reminder of Lofgren's prowess as a guitarist, songwriter, bandleader, and vocalist.
  2. May 3, 2019
    80
    A less-cluttered and more intimate take on “Remember You” might well have increased its potency as the closing cut. Nevertheless, the ‘less is more’ premise remains in effect just often enough on Blue For Lou to certify the record, name associations aside, as a memorable entry in the lengthy discography of Nils Lofgren.
  3. Uncut
    May 3, 2019
    80
    Lofgren's voice is crackly, but plays perfectly. [May 2019, p.30]
  4. Classic Rock Magazine
    May 3, 2019
    70
    Overall, it's a pleasant album and one that covers a lot of bases. [Jun 2019, p.86]
  5. May 3, 2019
    70
    Lofgren's originals may not carry the same swagger, but when they're surrounded by these Reed co-writes, they're given a slight lift: the whole affair simultaneously feels like an affectionate tribute to a departed friend and a resuscitation of Nils's gut-level rock & roll.
  6. 70
    Regardless of Lou’s input, this sounds like another solid Lofgren set.
  7. Mojo
    Jun 11, 2019
    60
    The pick of the Lou-less numbers are Dear Heartbreaker, a marching homage to Tom Petty, and the shuffling, Springsteen-lite Pretty Soon. But the Reed/Lofgren songs muscle their way to the top of the pile. [Jul 2019, p.94]
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  1. Jun 12, 2019
    10
    By far my favorite Nils album since Wonderland. Nils voice is still intact along with his mastery of of the guitar solo. Blue with Lou is fullBy far my favorite Nils album since Wonderland. Nils voice is still intact along with his mastery of of the guitar solo. Blue with Lou is full of positive and memorable tunes that will stick in your head. Expand