Lou Reed - Mistrial (1986) [HDtracks Remastered 2015]
Artist: Lou Reed
Title Of Album: Mistrial
Year Of Release: 1986 
Label: RCA Records
Genre: Rock, New Wave, Pop Rock
Quality: Mp3 / FLAC (tracks)
Bitrate: 320kbps / Lossless [44.1kHz/16bit / 96kHz/24bit]
Time: 39:15 min
Full Size: 103 mb / 266 mb / 892 mb
Lou Reed's 1986 album "Mistrial" tends to be considered a dud in his discography. Although that's being harsh, it's understandable in the sense that "Mistrial" does often sound tossed off, plus some of the lyrics are really weak--it seems Lou was either going through a bit of writer's block, and/ or feeling a little lazy. It's unfortunate because Reed's in excellent form vocally here, and the best stuff suggests that with some more craft & fine-tuning, this could have been a really kickass record. As it is, there are a bunch of really cool tracks--there's the stomping rocker title track; the catchy, drum-machine driven, somewhat Chuck Berry-esque uptempo tune "No Money Down"; the toe-tapping, looping funk-rocker "Video Violence" with its hilarious wordless hook; the punchy, edgy rocker "Spit It Out" with great, crunchy guitar chords from Reed (though his ultra-primitive & hesistant lead work leaves quite a bit to be desired); and the irresistibly funky & energetic rap-flavored tune "The Original Wrapper" which is a bit lyrically rote, but amusing. On the down side, "Don't Hurt A Woman" is a sluggish, tedious ballad; the repetitive "Outside" is kind of bland; "I Remember You" is an incredibly listless piece of filler with lyrics that are slight beyond all belief; & "Tell It To Your Heart" is, surprisingly for Reed, a pretty sappy ballad that's additionally marred by the annoying background vocals. Obviously "Mistrial" is no masterpiece, but still, it is pretty good, and I can't see any serious Reed fanatic finding this album to be THAT big of a disappointment, & if you see it cheap, it's worth getting.
2. "No Money Down"
4. "Don't Hurt A Woman"
5. "Video Violence"
6. "Spit It Out"
7. "The Original Wrapper"
8. "Mama's Got A Lover"
9. "I Remember You"
10. "Tell It To Your Heart"
Lou Reed - vocals, lead, power and rhythm guitar
Eddie Martinez - rhythm guitar on "No Money Down", "Don't Hurt a Woman" and "The Original Wrapper"
Fernando Saunders - bass, drum programming, background vocals, rhythm guitar on "Tell It To Your Heart" and "Don't Hurt a Woman", piano on "I Remember You", bass synthesizer and percussion on "Outside"
Rick Bell - tenor saxophone on "No Money Down"
J.T. Lewis - drums on "Mistrial", "Don't Hurt a Woman" and "Tell It To Your Heart"; percussion on "No Money Down"
Sammy Merendino - drum programming on "Don't Hurt a Woman" and "Tell It To Your Heart"; percussion on "No Money Down", "Video Violence" and "The Original Wrapper"
Jim Carroll - background vocals on "Video Violence"
RubГ©n Blades - background vocals on "I Remember You" and "Tell It To Your Heart"
Bruce Lampcov - mixing
Sylvia Reed - cover design
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