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The album is a tragic rock opera about a doomed couple, and addresses themes of drug use and depression. Upon its release, the response of fans and critics was not positive as many were expecting another upbeat glam outing. Despite lukewarm reviews the album reached #7 in the UK album chart (Reed's best achievement there). Poor sales in the US (#98) and harsh criticism made Reed feel disillusioned about the album and in subsequent years he rarely played any Berlin… read more



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  • This is simply incredible, this album has shifted my entire perception of what music can be. It's so dark, drags you through the mud every step of the way. Never felt so apart of an album. People who want to control mood during an LP need to take notes. Definitely going down as one of my favorite albums of all time.
  • rating 8.5/10
  • extremely underrated.
  • Hard to think of a record I like more in its entirety.
  • BTW. The original [url=]8-track version[/url] differs a bit...
  • It hits me like a truck. So intense, touching, dense album.
  • @JesusDeVour this album was recorded without Lou ever being in Berlin
  • Very , very touching. I feel those Berlin, i feel those story.
  • Lou Reed non è forse stato un grande musicista in senso tecnico, ma un artista con molto da dire e idee maledettamente buone per dirlo.
  • "sometimes i get depressed and i don't go out and my joy division albums are all worn out' feel like iggy want to wallow in sin so i lock the door and i listen to Berlin..." - gary heffern, from his song "lou reed:".

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