Berlin (studio album) by Lou Reed

Berlin by Lou Reed
Year: 1973
Overall rank: 552nd   Overall chart historyOverall chart history
Average Rating: 
80/100 (from 610 votes)
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Accolades:
Award Top 20 albums of 1973 (16th)
Award Top albums of the 1970s (127th)
Award Top 1,000 albums of all time (552nd)
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Lou Reed bestography

Berlin is ranked 2nd best out of 37 albums by Lou Reed on BestEverAlbums.com.

The best album by Lou Reed is Transformer which is ranked number 136 in the list of all-time albums with a total rank score of 11,212.

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Average Rating: 
80/100 (from 610 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 79.7/100, a mean average of 78.8/100, and a trimmed mean (excluding outliers) of 79.9/100. The standard deviation for this album is 15.1.

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75/100
From 01/28/2023 17:30
"Berlin", which was Reed's follow-up to his highly succesful ( both musically and commercially ) 1972 album "Transformer", showcases a radical change in Reed's direction. Whereas "Transformer" was a mostty light and musically catchy album, "Berlin" is a more complex and darker album; both musically and lyrically.
No tracks have the commercial appeal which characterized many tracks on "Transformer", and the album contains no new hit-singles. The album works much better to be listened to as a whole, and only few tracks are suited for "Best of" compilations. Songs like "Caroline Says" and "How Do Think it Feels" would be the most obvious selections to put out. This doesn't mean that this is not good album; on the contrary; it may be his artistically most successful. Musically it's very varied in style and instrumentation.

The "Berlin" theme seems to have influenced the arrangements of the two opening tracks; especially "Lady Day" ( Kurt Weil ).

The songs are generally longer than on Reed's two previous albums, but you are never bored when listening to the album; and once you have gotten to know the songs, you'll notice that it is really a very melodic album, with no unimportant tracks. This is Reed's Dark Masterpiece!

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80/100
From 01/22/2023 01:05
An extremely well written album but in terms of musical quality this one is a little bit below some of his other releases. I think the main issue is that he gets to bogged down with the story of the album and it leads to a few songs which do struggle in comparison with the better tracks. Despite this, there are some absolutely phenomenal tracks on here. The peak of this being Sad Song with its grand feeling that makes it feel like an important and climactic conclusion. It wraps up the concept of the album nicely and finishes it on a flourish. The song writing is fantastic as well and I really enjoy the concept of the record as it makes for a unique listen that stands out from other artists around this time. Overall, there is a lot to love about this record and I really enjoy listening to it but Lou Reed has made superior albums in terms of musical quality.
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70/100
From 09/06/2022 17:14
Not my favorite from Lou Reed but still worth a listen
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From 03/02/2022 17:06
Not half as good as Transformer, but has some really good tracks like both parts of Caroline Says.
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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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85/100
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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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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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
9. Aladdin Sane by David Bowie
10. Future Days by Can
11. (pronounced 'lĕh-'nérd 'skin-'nérd) by Lynyrd Skynyrd
12. For Your Pleasure by Roxy Music
13. Head Hunters by Herbie Hancock
14. Tubular Bells by Mike Oldfield
15. Closing Time by Tom Waits
16. Berlin by Lou Reed
17. The Wild, The Innocent & The E Street Shuffle by Bruce Springsteen
18. Artaud by Pescado Rabioso
19. Let's Get It On by Marvin Gaye
20. Catch A Fire by The Wailers
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