For years I was reluctant to like this album. I bought it in 1996 in a flury of used records, based on a MOJO magazine Top 100 list. Some of those records have since been sold back to the record store, and at one point I was tempted to sell this one as well, but I'm glad I kept it.
I'm not sure why I had such an attitude towards Lou Reed. It might have been his singing. It might have been all the little pseudo punk emo kids who worshiped Velvet Underground - I just didn't get it. So why is it that now I like this record? Dunno. Over the past few years I've developed a finer appreciation for early Glam records, like T-Rex's Electric Warrior, and the first New York Dolls LP. While I don't consider Transformer (1972) to be straight ahead glam, it does have Bowie's Hunky Dory-era stamp on it. The music is bare bones rock, with the occasional horns or strings thrown in for sweetening. It might have taken ten years, but I can now declare that I am officiallly a fan of this album.