Tom Sinclair
June 28, 1996 AT 04:00 AM EDT

Different Times: Lou Reed in the '70s

type
Music
Current Status
In Season
performer
Lou Reed
genre
Reissues

We gave it an A-

LOU REED Different Times: Lou Reed in the ’70s (RCA) Before he cleaned up and turned into a politically concerned artist, Reed was the reigning duke of decadence, chronicling the infinite varieties of deviant disaffection in a deadpan croak. This collection of tracks from the early to mid-’70s is a dandy memento mori of Reed’s erstwhile ethos, the essence of which is best captured in ”Kill Your Sons”: ”All of the drugs that we took/It really was a lot of fun.” A-

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