Lou Reed, Legendary Hearts

Michaelangelo Matos

By Michaelangelo Matos

on 02.06.12 in Reviews

Legendary Hearts

Lou Reed

The middle album of Reed’s early-’80s domestic trilogy is the homiest. 1983′s Legendary Hearts is far more workaday than its predecessor, The Blue Mask — most albums are, to be fair but it’s the workaday as glimpsed through a steely eye and unheld tongue. The highlights are “The Last Shot,” a no-joke variation on Mask‘s “Underneath the Bottle” (“When you quit, you quit/ But you always wish/ That you know it was your last shot”), and the unblinking “Betrayed”: “Quick she turns and slaps my face/ And with her eyes open wide she screams/ ‘I hate you, I hate you, I hate you’/ But she’s looking right past me.”