Album Reviews: "Lou Reed" by Words & Music (10/10)

Words & Music

Light in the Attic

Producers: Laurie Anderson, Don Fleming,

Jason Stern, Hal Willner and Matt Sullivan

This is the first in a series of previously unreleased songs and early stripped-down versions of Velvet Underground hits. This collection is the embryonic Reed as a budding acoustic folk and blues-oriented singer-songwriter. Paired on many of these tunes with VU alum John Cale on harmonies, many of the songs have more in common with Pete Seeger or Bob Dylan than the art rockers they would become. It’s a rare glimpse into a cryptic artist.

– Eric Harabadian