Transformer (studio album) by Lou Reed

Transformer by Lou Reed
Year: 1972
Overall rank: 126th   Overall chart historyOverall chart history
Average Rating: 
83/100 (from 1,410 votes)
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Accolades:
Award Top 10 albums of 1972 (6th)
Award Top 50 albums of the 1970s (33rd)
Award Top 200 albums of all time (126th)
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Transformer is ranked as the best album by Lou Reed.

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Rating: 87 (311 votes)Comments: 3
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Rating: 92 (523 votes)Comments: 6
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Average Rating: 
83/100 (from 1,410 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 83.5/100, a mean average of 82.7/100, and a trimmed mean (excluding outliers) of 83.5/100. The standard deviation for this album is 12.8.

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85/100
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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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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From 01/05/2020 23:28
The king of cool reigns supreme! Not the best musicians, not the best singer, but who cares about that. These beautifully imperfect songs are absolutely perfect.
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From 12/29/2019 18:54
Near perfect.
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From 01/25/2019 11:46
I was a child the first time I listened to this album and it always felt like I was listening to something racy and risque - as an adult, it feels like I'm listening to something that's intrinsically tied to my soul and very existence
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