Lou Reed

Magic and Loss: Live in Concert

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Reed brings his latest album to a live production for Britain's Channel 4 network, tossing in a few lacklustre versions of older material for good measure. The new material, about the deaths of two of Reed's closest friends, is bitterly poignant, ultimately accepting of fate, a little like Berlin revisited -- but after the inner wall has fallen. The laser-disc transfer, unfortunately, is soft and smeary, probably the victim of overzealous noise reduction. The sound, however, is excellent.