Lou Reed, Sally Can’t Dance

Michaelangelo Matos

By Michaelangelo Matos

on 02.06.12 in Reviews

Sally Can't Dance

Lou Reed

Wow Lou Reed made an album that sounded like this? Well, 1974 was a weird time. So weird that this wildly arranged, horn-laced mlange went Top 10 and still sounds bracing today. Some Reed nuts hate it it’s often cited among his worst solo recordings but today it sounds like a remarkably vivid snapshot of big band rock & roll circa 1974, albeit the kind featuring a song like “Animal Language,” in which woodland creatures shoot up human sweat. (Two years too late for the Fritz the Cat soundtrack, alas.) Closer to Reed’s home base is “Billy,” a fond remembrance of a childhood friend set to acoustic guitar and sax.