Lou Reed – Transformer (1972)

Georgia McMichael

aged 11

The Transformer album, in my opinion, is for some an absolute masterpiece that showcases Lou Reed’s incredible talent and artistic vision. When the album was released and I believe that it was in the 70’s, David Bowie and Mick Ronson were the producers which I feel added a different dimension to the sound.

Each song on Transformer has its own unique charm. “Walk on the Wild Side” is a classic song with a catchy bass line and vivid storytelling. “Perfect Day” is a hauntingly beautiful ballad that never fails to give chills. The album is raw and has a gritty energy that captures Lou’s songwriting, which I think is very poetic.

What I think is best and that I like the most from the album is its ability to transport you to a different time and place. Lou Reed has distinctive vocals. Its an album that some may listen to time and time again and will continue to do so throughout generations to come.

Overall Transformer is more for the older generation and it’s not an album I would ordinarily listen to but I understand that he is a genius of his time.

My rating for this album is 3 out of 10 as its not my style of music.

Kingston link:

Lou Reed played at the Kingston Poly in October 1972.

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