"Walk on the Wild Side" gave Lou Reed a license to kill, and like any proper Brill building hack, he took full advantage of his cointemporaneous noteriety. Lou has always been and probaly always willl be a whore to photojournalism. Nevertheless, his desire to produce an album darker than any album ever created before him will certainly help to keep him in the ranks pf rckers with better intentionws than brains.
Berlin is legitimately a work of rock and roll genius. It works from beginning to end as the document of a relationship without hope, a complication of desires that should never coe into contact.