Lou Reed's Berlin is a disaster, taking the listener into a distorted and degenerate demimonde of paranoia, schizophrenia, degradation, pill-induced violence and suicide. There are certain records that are so patently offensive that one wishes to take some kind of physical vengeance on the artists that perpetrate them. Reed's only excuse for this kind of performance … can only be that this was his last shot at a once-promising career. Goodbye, Lou.
Stephen Davis, "'Berlin'," in Rolling Stone (by Straight Arrow Publishers,...
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