Ecstasy (Lou Reed album)

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Ecstasy
Ecstasy (Lou Reed album).jpg
Studio album by
ReleasedApril 4, 2000
StudioSear Sound studios, NYC
GenreRock
Length77:15
LabelReprise
ProducerLou Reed, Hal Willner
Lou Reed chronology
Perfect Day
(1999)
Ecstasy
(2000)
The Very Best of Lou Reed
(2000)
Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
SourceRating
Metacritic69/100[1]
Review scores
SourceRating
Allmusic3/5 stars [2]
Entertainment WeeklyB–[3]
Pitchfork Media(6.5/10)[4]
Rolling Stone4/5 stars[5]
Robert ChristgauA [6]
Spin4/10[7]

Ecstasy is the eighteenth solo studio album by American musician Lou Reed, released in 2000. It is a concept album about Reed's personal experiences with marriage and relationships and is his final rock album that is not a collaboration.[8]

The cover photography is by Stefan Sagmeister, who instructed Reed to masturbate behind a curtain to express the feeling of unashamed ecstasy.[9]

Robert Christgau thought highly of the album, writing, "If his solo career produced a masterwork on the scale of whatever VU album you prefer, this de facto farewell is it."[8] On an episode of Spectacle: Elvis Costello with... featuring Lou Reed and Julian Schnabel as the guests, Schnabel recites the entirety of "Rock Minuet", citing it as one of his favorite Reed songs.

Track listing[edit]

All tracks by Lou Reed

No.TitleLength
1."Paranoia Key of E"4:28
2."Mystic Child"5:01
3."Mad"4:29
4."Ecstasy"4:25
5."Modern Dance"4:09
6."Tatters"5:55
7."Future Farmers of America"3:01
8."Turning Time Around"4:21
9."White Prism"4:00
10."Rock Minuet"6:56
11."Baton Rouge"4:54
12."Like a Possum"18:03
13."Rouge"1:00
14."Big Sky"6:32

German vinyl release

Side one
No.TitleLength
1."Paranoia Key of E"4:28
2."Mystic Child"5:02
3."Mad"4:29
4."Ecstasy"4:25
Side two
No.TitleLength
1."Modern Dance"4:09
2."Tatters"5:56
3."Future Farmers Of America"3:01
4."Turning Time Around"4:22
5."White Prism"4:00
Side three
No.TitleLength
1."Like A Possum"18:03
2."Rouge"1:01
Side four
No.TitleLength
1."Rock Minuet"6:55
2."Baton Rouge"4:55
3."Big Sky"6:32

Personnel[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Ecstasy by Lou Reed". Retrieved 3 October 2016.
  2. ^ Deming, Mark. Ecstasy at AllMusic
  3. ^ Sinclair, Tom (2000-04-07). "Ecstasy". Entertainment Weekly.
  4. ^ Sage Rockermann, Kristin. "Lou Reed: Ecstasy: Pitchfork Review". web.archive.org. Archived from the original on 2002-06-19. Retrieved 3 September 2011. Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help)
  5. ^ Christgau, Robert (2000-04-13). "Lou Reed: Ecstasy : Music Reviews : Rolling Stone". web.archive.org. Archived from the original on 2009-02-16. Retrieved 3 September 2011.
  6. ^ "Robert Christgau: CG: Lou Reed". Retrieved 3 October 2016.
  7. ^ Vowell, Sarah (2000-05-01). "Reviews". Spin. SPIN Media LLC. pp. 21–2.
  8. ^ a b Christgau, Robert (October 27, 2013). "Toesucker Blues: Robert Christgau's Farewell Salute to Lou Reed". Spin. Retrieved June 22, 2014.
  9. ^ Sagmeister, Stefan (2013). Things I have learned in my life so far ([Updated edition]. ed.). New York: Abrams. ISBN 141970964X.