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Album: Berlin
# Song Title   Time
1)    Berlin More Info... 0:03
2)    Lady Day More Info... 0:03
3)    Men of Good Fortune More Info... 0:04
4)    Caroline Says I More Info... 0:04
5)    How Do You Think It Feels More Info... 0:03
6)    Oh, Jim More Info... 0:05
7)    Caroline Says II More Info... 0:04
8)    The Kids More Info... 0:08
9)    The Bed More Info... 0:06
10)    Sad Song More Info... 0:07
 

Album: Berlin
# Song Title   Time
1)    Berlin More Info... 0:03
2)    Lady Day More Info... 0:03
3)    Men of Good Fortune More Info... 0:04
4)    Caroline Says I More Info... 0:04
5)    How Do You Think It Feels More Info... 0:03
6)    Oh, Jim More Info... 0:05
7)    Caroline Says II More Info... 0:04
8)    The Kids More Info... 0:08
9)    The Bed More Info... 0:06
10)    Sad Song More Info... 0:07
 
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  • After the success of his glam-rockish TRANSFORMER, the expectation was that Lou Reed would plow deeper into commercial territory. As usual, Reed delighted in confounding expectations. BERLIN is a song cycle that uses the decadence of its namesake and some Brecht/Weill-esque orchestrations to tell a story of two psychically damaged people and their doomed relationship. (Aided by Berlin producer Bob Ezrin, Pink Floyd would attempt a similar feat several years later on THE WALL).
  • Far from the rock-star poses of TRANSFORMER, BERLIN is lyrically and musically frank and blunt. The arrangements move from sophisticated, arch orchestration to naked-sounding acoustic sparseness, but the words are uniformly unflinching in their depiction of violence, addiction, and desperation. Not for the faint of heart, BERLIN is a harrowing journey through the aforementioned tribulations, and one of Reed's most unusual, demanding, but ultimately rewarding albums.
Professional Reviews
Q (5/92, p.103) - 5 Stars - Indispensable - "...a melancholy masterpiece...places Reed's dry narrative in sophisticated settings..."

The Wire (6/00, p.37) - "...Fascinating....Detailing a couple's breakup, a woman's breakdown and her eventual suicide.....succeeding despite itself..."

NME (Magazine) (9/18/93, p.19) - Ranked #33 among The Greatest Albums Of The '70s.

NME (Magazine) (8/12/00, p.29) - Ranked #28 in The NME "Top 30 Heartbreak Albums" - "...Heartbreak. Heroin. Dubonnet on ice. Reed poured all this badness into this bitter and twisted masterpiece..."
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