Animal Serenade (Live)

Animal Serenade (Live)

Recorded at L.A.'s Wiltern Theatre during the 2003 tour following the release of The Raven, Animal is among Lou Reed's most rewarding live albums. The ensemble is small and focused, often without drums; this creates a sense of chamber music rock 'n' roll. Bassist Fernando Saunders coproduces and adds backup vocals, while Antony Hegarty of Antony & The Johnsons sings lead on "Candy Says" and "Set the Twilight Reeling," providing an almost Nico-like experience. Cellist Jane Scarpantoni brings a sense of warmth to "Tell It to Your Heart" and "Vanishing Act" and returns the drama to the S&M classic "Venus in Furs," here in an epic performance. Reed's stage banter is hilarious and engaging, bringing a sense of mischief to Songs for Drella's "Smalltown" and insight to "Street Hassle" and the opening "Advice." There isn't a better, more affecting version of "The Day John Kennedy Died," while "Dirty Blvd." is performed in an expansive version. An essential work. 

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