The Velvet Underground 'Loaded' LP
Translucent Grape Vinyl.
This was no longer the art-rock Velvet Underground, but a far more accessible version, relying on Reed's songwriting over the band's overall musicality. accordingly, the songs are either retreats into the faux innocence of parental ideals ("Head Held High"), or autobiographical pieces of teenage rebellion ("Sweet Jane").
"Rock and Roll", for instance, reads like text-book angst, where everything your parents do is, well, "it ain't happening at all". The album appropriately sounds like Reed's final bit of energy for the band. there's the saddened tone of "Oh! Sweet Nuthin'", in which the heroes walk with their "head[s] down", and "New Age", in which they mingle with "over the hill" movie stars.
Loaded closed a chapter in Lou Reed's chronicles, and solidified the Velvet Underground's significant niche in rock history.