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Ecstasy [Import]

Lou ReedAudio CD
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (76 customer reviews)

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  • Audio CD (April 4, 2000)
  • Original Release Date: 2000
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Warner Bros UK
  • ASIN: B00004S4P9
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (76 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #136,075 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Lou Reed Ecstasy US CD album

Ecstasy is a surprisingly brutal and angry record, even for Lou Reed, who virtually introduced those words into the rock & roll lexicon more than 30 years ago. Like the brilliant New York and Magic and Loss, Ecstasy is a sprawling song cycle dealing with one particular subject, in this case marriage and the ensuing death of love. Ecstasy is the sound of relationships unraveling and love going sour. The songs are about infidelity, mistrust, and dishonesty; more importantly, they're about that moment in time when the flush of romance turns rancid. As Reed puts it in "Modern Dance," "It's all downhill after the first kiss." Through a series of varied sketches, Reed poses a question for which he has no answer: At what point does your lover become your tormentor? On the record's best track, "Baton Rouge," Reed asks, "I wonder where love ends and hate starts to blush?" Looking back on the relationship in "Baton Rouge," Reed dreams about what might have been: the two-and-a-half strapping sons, the fat grandsons, the barbecues, and the family dog--all at the expense of self-identity. The taut, muscular guitar work of Reed and Mike Rathke, complemented by the fluid bass playing of longtime collaborator Fernando Saunders, fuel the anger and helplessness of such songs as "Paranoia in the Key of E" and "Prism," in which Reed likens marriage to indentured servitude. On quieter songs, such as "Tatters" and "Turning Time Around," the band completely shifts gears, using strings and sparser arrangements to create beautiful songs about love's bitter aftermath. The centerpiece of Ecstasy, "Possum Day," is a bleak morass of dissolution and despair played out among the crack whores and sex junkies who have long populated Reed's songs. As Reed and Rathke's guitars churn out an incessant wail, the song's wretched protagonist declares in defiance and disbelief, "Don't know why, baby, I'm still here / I'm the only one left standing / Calm as an angel." Perhaps Reed is also referring to his own staying power and relevance in a world of two-minute pop stars and drug casualties. --Paul Ducey

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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A great bookend to "Berlin" April 5, 2000
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Wow. What an incredibly bleak album, even by Lou's standards. Though themetically similar to "Berlin" (with it's boy-meets-girl, boy-loses-girl, girl kills herself plotline), it lacks the orchestration of that early '70s masterpiece. Instead, it sounds more akin to "New York" or "Set the Twilight Reeling" -- a rocking, feedback-laden sound. If you don't mind the fact that the lyrics wouldn't be out of place in a suicide note, I highly recommend it.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars the agony and the ecstasy April 6, 2000
Format:Audio CD
it is thrilling to hear an artist in his fourth decade of work this vital, inspired and experimental. a sublime discourse on love in its various forms from transcendence (big sky) to masochism (rock minuet) to regret (baton rouge) to existential angst (like a possum) just to name a few. lou knows the power in the music and allows his voice to be shaped by the incandescent sounds. this must be one of the greastest vocal performances on record on a par with dylan on blonde on blonde and lennon on plastic ono band. along with the blue mask and live in italy, ecstasy can stand next to the genius of v.u.
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12 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Lou Reed's Best Work in Years May 28, 2000
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Lou Reed's "Ecstasy" is the finest work that he has produced in several years, even when viewed in the context of his masterpieces "New York" and "Magic and Loss." He largely avoids the fault to which he occasionally succumbs on other albums, namely making his references too specific and topical. (He does have one reference to Clinton, unfortunately.) The writing on "Ecstasy" is hard-hitting but universal--they are the kind of lyrics that will resonate with poignancy years from now. "Modern Dance" is a beautiful clash between realism and romanticism; "Tatters" is soft and contemplative; the lines in "Mystic Child" are edgy and terse. With this album, Reed shows yet again that there are very few songwriters in his league.
The music is rough ala the Velvet Underground, and this is quite surprising and very welcome. "Paranoia Key of E" sets the tone with its fuzzy bass and wide-open guitars. Reed is in fine form musically--the guitars have a really nice edge to them, and the music is often passionate and frenzied. "Like A Possum" is another sonic feast that even bears similarities to Metal Machine Music. Frankly, it is nice to see Reed utilizing the aesthetic lessons of his early years by employing them in the context of challenging, contemporary songs that are relevant for the present and the future.
Although the lyrics are sublime and the music is intense, you should buy "Ecstasy" just because Lou Reed, better than any writer in the history of Rock, can take his listeners into the bowels of their consciousness and expose to them the filth that they desperately wish to deny.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
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Ecstasy is very strong release from 2000. I can't believe Lou was 58 years old (63 now) because it's full of youthful rebellion and attitude. He hasn't lost any of the anger or edge from when he began the first punk rock movement in 1965 with the VU. Much of this album rocks and Lou's semi-distorted guitar is all over it, along with a great rhythm section (Fernando Saunders and Tony Smith) and a smattering of horns here and there.

The theme of the album is love, or rather the failure of love as almost every song deals with the final days of a dying relationship. Great lyrics throughout. My faves are the opening track, "Paranoia Key of E" with its Angus Young like guitar riffs, the hard-driving "Mystic Child", the verbal battle between husband and wife in "Mad", the extremely sick and perverted "Rock Minuet" and the one so many of us can relate to, "Tatters"...

"I know you're hoping everything works out

Neither one of us is the type that shouts

You sleep in the bedroom

While I pace up and down the hall

Our baby stares at both of us

Wondering which one of us to call

I guess it's true that not every match burns bright

I guess it's true that not all I say is right

But what you said still bounces around in my head

Who thought this could happen to us

When we first went to bed"

There is also the 18 minute "Like a Possum" which would have been an album side back in the day, but is now just one of 14 songs. And after all the turmoil and despair, Ecstasy thankfully finishes with the really upbeat and optimistic "Big Sky". "Ecstasy" deals with loss of love in much the same way as "Magic and Loss" deals with loss of life. Not quite as successfully, but close enough. Lou is a poetic and musical genius.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars wow May 2, 2000
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I am a big Lou Reed fan and so maybe a bit biased but I absolutely love this record. It is my favorite since maybe Street Hassle. And I loved the 80's Blue Mask and Legendary Hearts, Magic and Loss too. The band is so tight. And the songs are as honest and brutal as ever. His view of relationships is so far away from the entertainment world view so often pushed on me. Although he has much less patience than me for the sacrifices of monogamy, he hits on points most of us feel and experience.
go buy it.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Lou Reed a personal artistic musician
I cannot recommend this highly enough--if, that is, you greatly enjoyed New York, Magic and Loss, the Blue Mask. Here, I will not repeat what others have written. Read more
Published 11 days ago by Rockbassethound
4.0 out of 5 stars Pretty good Lou
Pretty good Lou. Some of it is really good and some of it - well, might just be there to fill up the album. they all do that and Lou is no exception. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Andrew Glivic
5.0 out of 5 stars CALL 9/11 COS' I'M GONNA HOLD YOU TIGHT
Like many a long time Lou Reed fan, I was shocked and felt a big loss with his recent death. So why am I writing a review for an album that came out 13 years ago? Read more
Published 12 months ago by K. H. Orton
4.0 out of 5 stars Dance Yourself to Death
Ecstasy I think is one of the last great albums of Lou Reed, Lou tells us about his relationships in music, its relation with human beings and music albums at times recalls such... Read more
Published 18 months ago by Lino Terlati
3.0 out of 5 stars I bought this album for one song
I'd heard the words to "Rock Minuet" performed on an Elvis Costello "Spectacle" show, where Lou Reed was one of the guests.
Published 19 months ago by wdjaskow
4.0 out of 5 stars great late period work by lou reed
Lou did this album almost forty years after he got started in the music biz. Lol~love the cover cos Lou's facial expressions look like he took an ectasy pill, some of the funniest... Read more
Published on April 23, 2012 by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Album Loaded with Debauchery, Turmoil and Failed Relationships -...
Lou Reed - Ecstasy (2000)

Lou Reed is a rock n roll legend and his legacy is sealed in history thanks to his role as leader of The Velvet Underground, that dark, primal... Read more
Published on August 30, 2011 by Rich Latta
4.0 out of 5 stars A fine late album
Like most of Lou Reed's albums, Ecstacy is uneven, but dig a little deeper and there is a fine album in here. Read more
Published on May 30, 2010 by Steve
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing Album from Beginning to End
This album is fantastic. Easily one of Lou's best albums. It rocks out from beginning to end. I saw Lou perform most of the songs on this album in 2000 in Tel Aviv. Read more
Published on May 30, 2010 by J. Michels
5.0 out of 5 stars Rapturous Reed
Lou Reed entered the new millennium with Ecstasy. The mid-tempo rocker Paranoia Key of E opens the album, a love song of dreams & nightmares closer to his talking than his singing... Read more
Published on October 25, 2008 by Pieter Uys
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