Berlin (studio album) by Lou Reed

Berlin
Berlin by Lou Reed
Year: 1973
Overall rank: 480th   Overall chart historyOverall chart history
Average Rating: 
81/100 (from 562 votes)
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Accolades:
Award Top 20 albums of 1973 (13th)
Award Top albums of the 1970s (111th)
Award Top 500 albums of all time (480th)
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Lou Reed bestography

Berlin is ranked 2nd best out of 36 albums by Lou Reed on BestEverAlbums.com.

The best album by Lou Reed is Transformer which is ranked number 125 in the list of all-time albums with a total rank score of 13,916.

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Average Rating: 
81/100 (from 562 votes)
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This album is rated in the top 2% of all albums on BestEverAlbums.com. This album has a Bayesian average rating of 80.5/100, a mean average of 79.6/100, and a trimmed mean (excluding outliers) of 80.7/100. The standard deviation for this album is 14.7.

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From 04/18/2021 18:57
The story Caroline and Jim is as enchanting as it is harrowing , the frustration in Reeds voice at the end of the ‘ The kids ‘ makes it feel really vivid , love this album .
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90/100
From 04/13/2020 17:44
Lou Reed comes through with another classic. Berlin sounds like Lou's response to Ziggy Stardust. The songwriting is of course near perfect because it's Lou Reed, the performances are great, and the lyrics are on point. I think this might be tied with Transformer in his solo discography.
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From 12/30/2019 15:49
Extreme sorrow and distrust. Great.
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70/100
From 03/15/2019 10:05
Lou Reeds 3rd solo album 'Berlin' is essentially a rock opera that tells the sad tale of Jim and Caroline. The albums themes of drug use, prostitution, depression, domestic violence and suicide make for a harrowing listen but one that is weirdly intoxicating

Centre piece track "The Kids" is one the 70's great tracks , the children crying and "Mummy Mummy " screams that close the track still gives me chills even after all these years

My only nit picking would be track 9 "The Bed" and I'll often skip past it , still , this is my favourite LR album
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From 01/15/2019 00:22
Artistically speaking, one of the greatest albums ever conceived, written, and played. Aynsley Dunbar's drumming on Side A is some of the greatest ever put on record, and the songs on Side B are so beautifully, disturbingly depressing that you can't help but be in awe. That said, I couldn't listen to this too frequently or I'd probably lose my mind.
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90/100
From 07/03/2018 20:31
This may very well be my favourite opera rock. Why? It don't tell a story of an kid that loses his senses and becomes a god, It don't tell a story of a lunatic rockstar that builds walls or something like that. It is simply a story that may very well be hurtingly real.
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95/100
From 04/04/2018 16:34
I may be in the minority here, but I will not hesitate to state that I believe that Berlin is Reed’s masterpiece. I like Transformer, in fact, Transformer is much easier to dip into when you don’t feel like listening to a full album, but as a whole, Berlin is worlds better than Transformer.

The opening track ‘Berlin’ is a beautiful song and, in my mind, a perfect opener. Next we have ‘Lady Day’, a fine track that works very well as an in-between before the next brilliant song, the same goes for the next track ‘Men of Good Fortune’ which is possibly the weakest track, but that is saying something, as the song is actually still very good.

Then we have the albums next classic, ‘Caroline Says I’ which, as with all Lou Reed/Velvet Underground tracks with ‘says’ in the title, is absolutely brilliant. Then we have two more songs that further the story of the album ‘How it Feels’ and ‘Oh, Jim’, both great, before my favourite track. ‘Caroline Says II’ which I love so much I’m going to write a paragraph about it.

‘Caroline Says II’ is a slightly reworked version of an (at that point) unreleased Velvet Underground song called ‘Stephanie Says’. ‘Stephanie Says’ is a beautiful song and is, in my opinion, one of the Velvet’s best, so Reed takes this almost perfect song and polishes it up, making it part of something much bigger, this is really an amazing effort.

The next two tracks ‘The Kids’ and ‘The Bed’ are dark, depressing and effective, leading up to the finale, ‘Sad Song’ which is a lovely melancholic closer. Overall, this album is Lou’s best, and is a must listen for any Velvet Underground fan, any Lou Reed fan and, really, any music fan.
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90/100
From 03/17/2018 14:51
Man this is an excellent album. The second side is very dark but they are still great tunes, lyric and storyline. I also love side one which is less sombre but the whole album is superb with perhaps the Caroline Says 1 the weakest flippant track, but nevertheless still a good song in itself.
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70/100
From 01/20/2018 15:23
I expected this to be more abrasive than it was.
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From 04/20/2017 15:09
My favorite Lou Reed album from the 70's
70's Lou Reed
1- Berlin
2- Lou Reed
3- Street Hassle
4- Rock and Roll Animal
5- Transformer
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Best Albums of 1973
1. The Dark Side Of The Moon by Pink Floyd
2. Houses Of The Holy by Led Zeppelin
3. Innervisions by Stevie Wonder
4. Selling England By The Pound by Genesis
5. Quadrophenia by The Who
6. Goodbye Yellow Brick Road by Elton John
7. Band On The Run by Paul McCartney & Wings
8. Raw Power by Iggy And The Stooges
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10. Future Days by Can
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12. Head Hunters by Herbie Hancock
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15. For Your Pleasure by Roxy Music
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18. Sabbath Bloody Sabbath by Black Sabbath
19. Larks' Tongues In Aspic by King Crimson
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