Lou Reed – Hudson River Wind Meditations

Lou goes New Age in old age

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Reed first composed this music for himself, as accompaniment to “meditation, Tai Chi and bodywork, and as music to play in the background of life,” to relax the “body, mind and spirit”.

There’s the faintest of conceit implicit in Reed’s mission statement that he’s come up with a new concept in sound – there’s enough Ambient/New Age life soundtracking out there to fill a small black hole.

Still, as regards the content, “Move Your Heart” rumbles like an empty stomach an a loop for an inconsequential half hour, and “Find Your Note” orbits uneventfully for a half hour further. Ultimately, ‘Metal Machine Music’ was much more fun.

DAVID STUBBS

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