“The Blue Mask” by Lou Reed - album review

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TJR says

Complementing Lou Reed (guitar, vocals) are ex-Voidoid Robert Quine (guitar), Fernando Saunders (bass, backing vocals) and Doane Perry (drums). For me, the great appeal of this set is the refusal to drift into that session-rock vibe; whilst the template is fairly chilled and relatively safe, the strength lies in the subtle licks and tricks throughout, from the sinister-prettiness of “The Gun” to the punk-blues of the “title-track” and the protopunk glam of “Waves Of Fear”. The latter, almost buckling under the weight of the paranoia, finds our man in top lyrical form: “Crazy with sweat, spittle on my jaw, What's that funny noise, what's that on the floor, Waves of fear, pulsing with death, I curse my tremors, I jump at my own step, I cringe at my terror, I hate my own smell, I know where I must be, I must be in hell.” The album's a slow burner, but the pay-off is there for the patient. Not quite 1972s “Transformer” as the cover would have you believe, but certainly up there with “Berlin” (1973) and “Street Hassle” (1978).

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A1 [05:25] 6.4.png Lou Reed - My House (Lou Reed) Songwriter
A2 [04:57] 6.0.png Lou Reed - Women (Lou Reed) Songwriter
A3 [02:33] 7.3.png Lou Reed - Underneath The Bottle (Lou Reed) Blues Rock / Soul Rock
A4 [03:41] 8.0.png Lou Reed - The Gun (Lou Reed) Moodcore
A5 [05:06] 8.8.png Lou Reed - The Blue Mask (Lou Reed) Blues Rock / Soul Rock
B1 [03:12] 7.0.png Lou Reed - Average Guy (Lou Reed) Blues Rock / Soul Rock
B2 [03:06] 7.0.png Lou Reed - The Heroine (Lou Reed) Songwriter
B3 [04:11] 9.2.png Lou Reed - Waves Of Fear (Lou Reed) Blues Rock / Soul Rock
B4 [04:08] 7.2.png Lou Reed - The Day John Kennedy Died (Lou Reed) Songwriter
B5 [04:47] 6.1.png Lou Reed - Heavenly Arms (Lou Reed) Songwriter

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