Lou Reed   Street Hassle
3.8
excellent
Release Date: 1978
Tracklist

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4.5 superbZSF | May 1st 17

This album is seedy and gritty; an exemplary introduction to the underbelly of New York. Really reminds me of the Velvets' first album with Nico. It's dismal and perverse-- and I simply love it. Granted, it did take many re-listenings to really enjoy this album, but it's undoubtedly worth your time! "Gimme Some Good Times" is a stellar-- if not eerie-- reimagining of "Sweet Jane" from the Velvets' fourth album "Loaded". "Dirt" is hypnotic. Great. "Street Hassle" is a long, dreary and in-your-face song about how twisted life affords to be. "I Wanna Be Black" takes a "***-you" approach to racism; however, it is frankly hard to tell what the point of having this song on this album is. It's groovy but it is a dud, quite frankly (hence the 4.5/5). "Real Good Time Together" is eerily hypnotic, much like "Dirt"; it never fails to give me the chills. "Shooting Star" is an alright track, but it doesn't offer much to me. "Leave Me Alone" is Reed's song, where he implores critics and his audience to leave him alone; hmmmm, quite intriguing. "Wait" is a strangely and seemingly upbeat song, yet the perverseness resides in analyzing the lyrics. Stellar, creepy record. Heavily recommended. A
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0.0 altertide0 | August 26th 15

The title track's genuine deconstruction of string section, so that it serves as the core rhythm element - the exact opposite of its usual purpose, combined with credible street-life lyrics and a touching performance, whether Reed's, Springsteen's or the backing vocalists', already makes it a worthwhile album, but the good stuff doesn't end there (the psychedelic experiment of "Real Good Time Together", the striking contrast of spiritual, out-of-sync female vocals and the banal musical motif of "Wait").

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2.0 poorWill Fagan | January 22nd 14

The title track is good, as is 'Wait', 'Shooting Star', and 'Leave Me Alone'. The rest, especially 'I Want to Be Black', 'Give Me Some Good Times' and a new version of the Velvet Underground's 'We're Gonna Have a Real Good Time Together', are crap. A mixed bag. On another note, the mixing of the sound can occasionally cause your eyes to start twitching spasmodically.

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4.0 excellentnewjunkaesthetic93 | October 22nd 12

The title track is so good.

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