The Power Of The Heart


Published 2024-04-02 06:00

"To me, Lou stood out. The real deal! Something important to American music and to all music! I miss him and his dog." ~ Keith Richards

“Lou seemed fearless to me, like he’d rather die than be a people pleaser. I took inspiration from that.” ~ Rosanne Cash

“Lou Reed is my earliest influence, my introduction to punk rock. This song was a great opportunity to creatively work with Maxim.” ~ Angel Olsen

“Lou Reed has been gone now for many years. He's one of the few people whom I miss as much now as when he left. There are so many instances where I wonder what he would say or what he would think. His general aura would always lend something really unique to the room. Thank God he left his great music and recordings. His personality is sorely missed. Love you, Lou.” ~ Rufus Wainwright

It goes without saying that the legendary Lou Reed was a true rock’n’roll pioneer. From The Velvet Underground’s debut in 1967 all the way through the end of his days, Reed sang truth from his heart. He lived life to the limit, and then some. "The Power Of The Heart" is a tribute to Reed’s freedom of expression with covers spanning his ground breaking years with the Velvets into his majestic solo career. Each track is a glorious extension of the Rock’N’Roll Animal’s soul, ever adventurous and avantgarde.

"The Power Of The Heart : A Tribute To Lou Reed" kicks off with a legend in his own right, Keith Richards, reimagining the Velvets’ classic, “I’m Waiting For The Man”. Richards’ rendition instantly invites you on board this unforgettable ride. In stark contrast, “Perfect Day” is somehow even more melancholy than the original given the Rufus Wainwright treatment, featuring sparse fingerpicking and gentle harmonies. Joan Jett & The Blackhearts deliver a version of “I'm So Free” that would have even Lou rockin’ in his grave. It’s thrilling to hear these songs reinterpreted and sung by such heavyweights, you can even hear as Lucinda Williams channels the spirit of Lou with her take on “Legendary Hearts”.

Other notable tracks include a punk drunk, loved up duet by real life lovers Angel Olsen and Maxim Ludwig with “I Can’t Stand It”, and Rickie Lee Jones’ reimagining of “Walk On The Wild Side”, both whimsical and enticing with her whispery vocals, stripped down percussion, and a piano fit for a late night lounge. This tribute album truly defies genre, but its throughline, in the end, is its heart, a deeply thoughtful collection of songs that shaped a generation, each paying homage to a man whose body of work still sings.

Light In The Attic Records, April 19th, 2024.