“It works because it’s beautiful,” he writes in a long, enthusiastic review of Kanye West’s polarizing album. “You either like it or you don’t.” As for the lyrics, they “seem like the same old b.s.,” though Reed thinks it’s “just ridiculous that people are getting upset about ‘Put my fist in her like a civil rights sign? C’mon, he’s just having fun.” Then there is this line: “He could kill Taylor Swift and it” — meaning public approval — “would all be over.” Not wrong, probably.
NEW YORK, NY - MARCH 13: Musician Lou Reed attends the “Phil Spector” premiere at the Time Warner Center on March 13, 2013 in New York City. (Photo by Larry Busacca/Getty Images) Photo: Larry Busacca/2013 Getty Images