Lou Reed list

by Paul Burmeister

Several weeks ago, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel writer Jim Higgins listed, in order of personal preference, 31 solo albums by Lou Reed. Each album is ranked, with a sentence-long comment. Find the list here.

I have a conflicted appreciation for the rock icon. As a music reviewer in college, I was awed by The Blue Mask (1982) and its followup Legendary Hearts (1983.) As manager of a record store, while attending grad school, I tried to collect Reed's solo stuff, only to shed much of it later. The newest release I still own is Magic and Loss (1992), which is powerful elegy.

I am pleased that Higgins has positive things to say about Growing Up in Public (1980) because I think this effort has staying power for its good writing, albeit its dated sound.