John Cale, original underground Velvet, reminds us that when it comes to intelligent chunks of aural sculpture that also rock a pop groove, few can touch him. So why did he give the world so few of them? You may as well ask, why did Lou Reed have to be such an asshole, or Pablo Picasso for that matter?
Not the only Lou Reed record about doing speed, hanging out all night, talking and whatever. Not even the best one. But All Through The Night does go somewhere unique. Lou could be an asshole. There seems to be consensus on that. But we put up with him because every now and then he’d nail something lucid and true about basic humanity, the struggle they call life, and why it’s worth the trouble.