Transformer (studio album) by Lou Reed

Transformer by Lou Reed
Year: 1972
Overall rank: 133rd   Overall chart historyOverall chart history
Average Rating: 
83/100 (from 1,447 votes)
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Accolades:
Award Top 10 albums of 1972 (6th)
Award Top 50 albums of the 1970s (35th)
Award Top 200 albums of all time (133rd)
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Transformer is ranked as the best album by Lou Reed.

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THE SAMMY DELEON AND JACKIE WARREN QUARTET, WITH KIP REED & CHRIS BURGE
B Side Lounge, Cleveland Heights, United States. United States
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Rating: 87 (317 votes)Comments: 3
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Rating: 92 (531 votes)Comments: 7
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Rating: 82 (250 votes)Comments: 1
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Average Rating: 
83/100 (from 1,447 votes)
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This album is rated in the top 1% of all albums on BestEverAlbums.com. This album has a Bayesian average rating of 83.3/100, a mean average of 82.5/100, and a trimmed mean (excluding outliers) of 83.4/100. The standard deviation for this album is 12.8.

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90/100
From 06/07/2022 13:40
Massive Lou Reed album which introduced him to many people with the big hit "Walk on the Wild Side". Lots of variety here and Perfect Day is also a classic.
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From 02/07/2022 13:40
Fantastic production on this one. Oerfect Day is wonderful abd Walk On The Wild Side has an amazing tune, Satellite Of Love is really good too. Experimental and catchy at the same time.
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From 11/08/2021 17:39
Buen disco
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From 07/08/2021 14:13
Lou Reeds best album for me. Really well produced by David Bowie. All tracks are very good, with a few standout perfect songs like perfect day, walk on the wildside and satellite of love. Some funny wacky songs which are still a great listen thanks to great production.
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50/100
From 06/18/2021 15:03
see what sticks to the wall not much. exception the magnificent Walk on the Wild side
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70/100
From 04/19/2021 20:32
Lou’s second album would be his solo peak both critically and commercially with a collection of iconic tunes that still echo today some 50 years hence

Personally I prefer ‘Transformers’ successor - 1973’s bleak and harrowing ‘Berlin’ however I can understand why this one is ranked as high as it is ( 126 on the BEA overall album chart)
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85/100
From 01/29/2021 18:56
Good album, but with a bit of a lacking ending.
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95/100
From 11/28/2020 03:29
There's always been something of the urban hipster in Lou Reed's aesthetic, and as a result I've always felt there was something about his musical style that misaligns with my tastes. That said, I've always found a way to like him nonetheless. I first came to appreciate him in high school when I first heard his aptly named live album Rock 'n' Roll Animal, but it's Transformer that has emerged as my favorite Lou Reed album. The great "Walk on the Wild Side" is here, of course, but for me it's songs such "Satellite of Love" and "Perfect Day" that beautifully encapsulate Lou Reed's gifts as a lyricist as well as his skill as a musical artist. That "Satellite of Love" has been covered by a bunch as eclectic as Morrissey, U2, Porno for Pyros, Leo Sayer, and Milla Jovovich is testimony to its wide-ranging influence.
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90/100
From 05/27/2020 21:10
Good album favorite and loveable songs are: Walk On The Wild Side, Andy´s Chest, Vicious, Satellite of Love.

I like the bass in Walk On The Wild Side. Very good arrangement and perfect singer.
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From 02/21/2020 21:27
love it
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