The Blue Mask

Lou Reed - The Blue Mask
Critic Score
Based on 3 reviews
1982 Ratings: #14 / 150
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Based on 88 ratings
1982 Ratings: #28
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February 1, 1982 / Release Date
LP / Format
RCA / Label
Lou Reed, Sean Fullan / Producer / Website
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I'm gonna fucking say it, The Blue Mask is better than Transformer.

After getting himself clean from his drug addictions, Lou Reed makes the album that Growing Up In Public should have been. This album is one of his most personal records to date, with him talking about alcoholism, paranoia, politics, and his love for women. The writing in general is great on this record, and arguably some of his best written songs in his entire career (yes, including his work with The Velvet Underground) are ... read more


This is Lou Reed’s first album after kicking his drug habit but that doesn’t deter him from making a sad album with songs suggesting his addiction to alcohol, his endless love for women, fear, and the day a fair political leader had passed. It’s a slow album that certainly packs a punch.


As he was about to turn forty, Reed came out of the slumber of years of alcohol and drug addiction to rediscover his ability to play a mean guitar riff, especially on the disquieting and frenzied title track. Despite the arrogance of the accompanying lyrics, one highlight is ‘Women’, together with his detailed analysis of the ills of alcoholism on ‘Underneath the Bottle’. Yet, the standout is Reed’s brittle love-song to his wife, and closing track, ‘Heavenly ... read more

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Track List

  1. My House
  2. Women
  3. Underneath the Bottle
  4. The Gun
  5. The Blue Mask
  6. Average Guy
  7. The Heroine
  8. Waves of Fear
  9. The Day John Kennedy Died
  10. Heavenly Arms
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Added on: April 28, 2013