Music: Wrestling with Truth

This devastating chronicle reminds you that no one in all of rock hangs tougher than LOU REED. There are all those metalheads and strutters, but they're poseurs up against the rage and uncertainty that infuse Reed's new MAGIC AND LOSS (Sire/Warner Bros.). None of them have the dark courage to take on the themes Reed wrestles with here: waste, cancer, death. One of rock's most unyieldingly personal writers, Reed has taken to setting down, in music, what amounts to speculative autobiography. This record has the brutal immediacy of a diary kept by someone who cannot look away from the truth. Magic...

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