Animal Serenade Lou Reed concert albums have been plentiful but never as intimate as Animal Serenade , taped last June. Utilizing a small, drummerless band, the Lord… Animal Serenade Lou Reed concert albums have been plentiful but never as intimate as Animal Serenade , taped last June. Utilizing a small, drummerless band, the Lord… 2004-03-23 Lou Reed
Music Review

Animal Serenade (2004)

Lou Reed | PERSONALLY PRECIOUS Reed dishes up a collection of rarities
Image credit: Lou Reed: Eamonn McCabe/Camera Press/Retna
PERSONALLY PRECIOUS Reed dishes up a collection of rarities
EW's GRADE
B+

Details Release Date: Mar 23, 2004; Lead Performance: Lou Reed

Lou Reed concert albums have been plentiful but never as intimate as Animal Serenade, taped last June. Utilizing a small, drummerless band, the Lord of the Croak skips the usual greatest-hits suspects in favor of lesser-known jewels (''Ecstasy,'' an astonishing ''Vanishing Act'') and slips in rare performances of early Velvets mood pieces like ''Venus in Furs.'' The craggy charm of Reed's voice makes dead spots like his endless rendition of Poe's ''The Raven'' forgivable. As usual, his ego rages, but so, thankfully, does his guitar.

Originally posted Mar 26, 2004 Published in issue #757 Mar 26, 2004 Order article reprints