In the over-indulgent age of Rock Opera came this strange anomaly by Lou Reed – the first and only Rock Novel – his third solo album Berlin. It followed his uber successful 1972 Transformer album. Everyone expressed their disdain for Berlin’s creepy cabaret – a dismal story about depravity, love, hate and decay. Lush in its’ simplicity, the melancholy orchestral score illustrates a couple’s doomed romance. Prostitution, drugs, betrayal, beatings, suicide, apathy – the whole gamut of Velvet Underground song topics converge in the lives of two wretched people in a decadent city.
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