Lou Reed - Set the Twilight Reeling

Lou Reed
Set the Twilight Reeling

First Appeared in The Music Box, June 1996, Volume 3, #4

Written by John Metzger


Set the Twilight Reeling is Lou Reed's strongest effort since New York, and although it sonically mines a similar vein, it's not quite as conceptual in nature. Among the highlights is NYC Man, which, replete with literary references, relays the tale of a battered and bruised relationship as only Reed can tell it. Trade In is another pretty tune, and it features one of Reed's best vocal performances to date. Elsewhere, Hang on to Your Emotions encompasses what a collaboration between Reed and Jefferson Airplane's Jorma Kaukonen might sound like, while the title track provides the perfect ending to this album, filling the shoes that Two Suns in the Sunset held on Pink Floyd's The Final Cut. starstarstarstar

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1 Star: Pitiful
2 Stars: Listenable
3 Stars: Respectable
4 Stars: Excellent
5 Stars: Can't Live Without It!!


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