“Rock And Roll Heart” by Lou Reed - album review

features in: Album Chart of 1976Album Chart of the Decade: 1970s

TJR says

With his contract at RCA expired, Lou moved on to Arista for his next episode, “Rock and Roll Heart”, a decent set, even if it does seem somewhat safe in the context of his past 10 years history. Side 1 highlights include “Follow The Leader”, a short and snappy number with a funky bassline and “You Wear It So Well” which, to paraphrase his lyric, has style and grace indeed. This piano and sax combo works well with Lou’s vocal. I reckon he could write classy pop like Bjorn and Benny and make a fortune… if he wanted to. This piano / sax / vocal play-off thing underpins the album’s dramatic closer, “Temporary Thing”, which is fit to be listed high in the chart of great Lou Reed songs. My mind drifts back to “Berlin” and the soap opera that was Jim and Caroline. Despite more pop concession than I’d like, there’s no denying the rebellious magic which continues to bubble just below the surface.

The Jukebox Rebel

A1 [02:46] 6.6.png Lou Reed - I Believe In Love (Lou Reed) Pop
A2 [02:11] 7.0.png Lou Reed - Banging On My Drum (Lou Reed) New Wave
A3 [02:13] 6.6.png Lou Reed - Follow The Leader (Lou Reed) Cerebral Pop
A4 [04:52] 6.9.png Lou Reed - You Wear It So Well (Lou Reed) Songwriter
A5 [04:22] 6.1.png Lou Reed - Ladies Pay (Lou Reed) New Wave
A6 [03:05] 7.4.png Lou Reed - Rock And Roll Heart (Lou Reed) Cerebral Pop
B1 [02:47] 5.1.png Lou Reed - Chooser And The Chosen One (Lou Reed) Songwriter
B2 [02:08] 5.2.png Lou Reed - Senselessly Cruel (Lou Reed) Blues / Rhythm n Blues
B3 [02:51] 5.3.png Lou Reed - Claim To Fame (Lou Reed) Cerebral Pop
B4 [02:53] 6.9.png Lou Reed - Vicious Circle (Lou Reed) Songwriter
B5 [02:20] 5.9.png Lou Reed - A Sheltered Life (Lou Reed) Jazz
B6 [05:13] 8.9.png Lou Reed - Temporary Thing (Lou Reed) Songwriter

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