4 April 2020
The late great LOU REED released his eighteenth solo album ECSTASY
this day 20 years ago, on 4 April 2000. A concept LP about his personal
experiences with marriage and relationships..
Stereogum wrote: “With Ecstasy, he pushed these poles further apart than ever before, and took greater care to survey the space between. The Velvet Underground had been able to swing from the atonal frenzy of “I Heard Her Call My Name” to the soothing liturgy of “Jesus” in just one album’s time; in the year 2000, Reed was vacillating just as wildly between adjacent tracks. On the way to this moment, he would scatter politically conscious classics (1989’s New York), overwrought operas (1992’s Magic And Loss), an ill-fated and truncated Velvet Underground reunion tour, and the odd Honda scooter advertisement, all in pursuit of that eternal thrill beyond sex, drugs, or rock and roll: control.” Full review here.
Single: Modern Dance
Album in full…