Lou Reed: A Critical Discography
An opinionated overview of the rock icon's singular solo career
In both his life and his music, Lou Reed took risks. Sometimes they paid off, sometimes they laid him low, but they were never, ever boring. That’s why Reed’s discography is as fascinatingly mercurial as that of his true artistic peers, folks like Bob Dylan, Neil Young, and his beloved Delmore Schwartz. So take a walk on the wild side with our admittedly reductive, highly debatable look at the key points in his post-Velvet Underground recording career.