July 2, 2013


Lou Reed Wrote 1,800 Words on 'Yeezus' Because Why Not?

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Chiaki Nozu/WireImage

Anyone who's ever recovered in a hospital knows that the one thing you have is free time. Some people catch up on books. Some hang out with relatives. Some pen 1,824-word reviews on the latest hip hop albums.

Noted author, songwriter and curmudgeon Lou Reed, still presumably recovering from a liver transplant in May (unrelated to his recent hospitalization on Sunday for dehydration), had some opinions on Kanye West's Yeezus and, surprisingly, offered a glowing review of the album for music site The Talkhouse.

The whole thing is worth a read, but here's our favorite quotes just to get you in the mood:

  • But why he starts the album off with that typical synth buzzsaw sound is beyond me, but what a sound it is, all gussied up and processed. I can't figure out why he would do that. It's like farting. It's another dare — I dare you to like this. Very perverse.
  • It works because it's beautiful — you either like it or you don't — there's no reason why it's beautiful.
  • But it's just ridiculous that people are getting upset about "Put my fist in her like a civil rights sign"? C'mon, he's just having fun. That's no more serious than if he said he's going to drop a bomb on the Vatican.
  • Some people ask why he's screaming on "I Am a God." It's not like a James Brown scream — it's a real scream of terror. It makes my hair stand on end. He knows they could turn on him in two seconds...He could kill Taylor Swift and it would all be over.
  • It's all the same sh-t, it's all music — that's what makes him great. If you like sound, listen to what he's giving you. Majestic and inspiring.