Lou Reed, Rock And Roll Heart

Michaelangelo Matos

By Michaelangelo Matos

on 02.06.12 in Reviews

Rock And Roll Heart

Lou Reed

From 1976, Reed’s most straight-up commercial album yet probably ever. The hooks on Rock and Roll Heart come surprisingly easy, though the opening “I Believe in Love” equates “good-time music” and “the Iron Cross” as perversely as anything in Reed’s catalog, as is the whole of “A Sheltered Life” (yeah, right), and when he yammers, “You’ve got style and grace” on “You wear it so well,” it’s clearly not something he’s accustomed to saying so baldly. But the music is both varied and assured: the brisk, jagged “Follow the Leader” is a surprising stab at Latin rhythm, and “Chooser and the Chosen One” is a jazz-tinged instrumental.