The Raven (Lou Reed album)

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The Raven
Studio album by Lou Reed
Released January 28, 2003
Recorded 2002
Genre Rock
Length 125:04
Label Sire
Producer Hal Willner, Lou Reed
Lou Reed chronology
Legendary Lou Reed
The Raven
Animal Serenade
Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
Source Rating
Metacritic 54/100[1]
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3.5/5 stars [2]
Rolling Stone 3/5 stars[3]
Blender 2/5 stars [4]
Pitchfork Media (2.0/10)[5]

The Raven is the nineteenth solo album by Lou Reed. It is a concept album released in 2003, recounting the short stories and poems of Edgar Allan Poe through word and song, and was based on his 2000 opera cowritten with Robert Wilson, POEtry.[6] It also features new and very different versions of "The Bed" and "Perfect Day", two of the best-known songs in Reed's catalog, and the noise music song "Fire Music". In addition to Reed, the album features a number of guest vocalists including Laurie Anderson, David Bowie, Antony Hegarty, Steve Buscemi and Willem Dafoe. The producer, Hal Willner, had previously overseen the Poe tribute album Closed on Account of Rabies. It is the final solo rock album by Reed, as his final overall solo album consisted entirely of meditational new age music, and his final rock album was a collaboration with Metallica.

The recording was simultaneously released as a two-disc set of recordings and in an edited single-disc version.

Painter and director Julian Schnabel created the cover.

Track listing[edit]

All songs written by Lou Reed.

Limited edition double CD set[edit]

Disc 1: Act 1: The Play[edit]

  1. "The Conqueror Worm"
  2. "Overture"
  3. "Old Poe"
  4. "Prologue (Ligeia)"
  5. "Edgar Allan Poe"
  6. "The Valley of Unrest"
  7. "Call on Me"
  8. "The City in the Sea / Shadow"
  9. "A Thousand Departed Friends"
  10. "Change"
  11. "The Fall of the House of Usher"
  12. "The Bed"
  13. "Perfect Day"
  14. "The Raven"
  15. "Balloon"

Disc 2: Act 2[edit]

  1. "Broadway Song"
  2. "The Tell-Tale Heart (Pt. 1)"
  3. "Blind Rage"
  4. "The Tell-Tale Heart (Pt. 2)"
  5. "Burning Embers"
  6. "Imp of the Perverse"
  7. "Vanishing Act"
  8. "The Cask"
  9. "Guilty", spoken
  10. "Guilty", sung
  11. "A Wild Being from Birth"
  12. "I Wanna Know (The Pit and the Pendulum)"
  13. "Science of the Mind"
  14. "Annabel Lee - The Bells"
  15. "Hop Frog"
  16. "Every Frog Has His Day"
  17. "Tripitena's Speech"
  18. "Who Am I? (Tripitena's Song)"
  19. "Courtly Orangutans"
  20. "Fire Music"
  21. "Guardian Angel"

1 CD edition[edit]

  1. "Overture"
  2. "Edgar Allan Poe"
  3. "Call On Me"
  4. "The Valley Of Unrest"
  5. "A Thousand Departed Friends"
  6. "Change"
  7. "The Bed"
  8. "Perfect Day"
  9. "The Raven"
  10. "Balloon"
  11. "Broadway Song"
  12. "Blind Rage"
  13. "Burning Embers"
  14. "Vanishing Act"
  15. "Guilty"
  16. "I Wanna Know (The Pit And The Pendulum)"
  17. "Science Of The Mind"
  18. "Hop Frog"
  19. "Tripitena's Speech"
  20. "Who Am I? (Tripitena's Song)"
  21. "Guardian Angel"



  1. ^ "The Raven by Lou Reed". Retrieved 3 October 2016. 
  2. ^ Deming, Mark. The Raven at AllMusic
  3. ^ Decurtis, Anthony (2003-01-14). "Lou Reed: The Raven : Music Reviews : Rolling Stone". Archived from the original on 2009-05-31. Retrieved 4 September 2011. 
  4. ^ Blender (magazine) review
  5. ^ James, Brian (2003-02-06). "Lou Reed: The Raven: Pitchfork Review". Archived from the original on 2003-02-19. Retrieved 4 September 2011. 
  6. ^ "POEtry". Retrieved 3 October 2016.