Battle of Famous Albums, Part 3: Lou Reed

TAKE 94

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Battle of Famous Albums can only happen when a band has two records that stand out in their discography and that are generally in very close competition with each other in terms of popularity and critical reception. If the band has more than two peaks, it won’t apply. Nor if one of the two peaks is regarded as much higher.

A reviewer once said that Lou Reed is one of the most empathic artists in account with his ability to express so many different emotions. And it’s true that he always managed to put himself in the shoes of the many characters he observed, not only telling us what they say and do, but making us feel what they feel. Making us understand what they’re like. This of course goes back to Velvet Underground’s impeccable discography, where Reed wrote from the perspective of junkies (Heroin), transgenders (Candy…

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