Magic and Loss was released on January 14, 1992. Despite its difficult subject matter it became one of Lou Reed’s most successful albums. The single What’s Good topped the Modern Rock Tracks Billboard chart and the album reached a new high for Reed, No. 6 on the UK LP chart. Asked if he was surprised by the unlikely popularity of the album, Reed responded: “Astonished would cover it. It’s very strange. In a sense it’s my dream album, because everything finally came together to where the album is finally fully realized. I got it to do what I wanted it to do, but commercial thoughts never entered into it, so I’m just stunned.” Reviews were mostly favorable spare an idiotic one by Robert Christgau calling it the dullest Reed album since Mistrial and not worth of repeated listening. Oh well.
Driven by blind rage, Ono took this opportunity to unleash a series of guttural roars, each one louder and scarier than the one that preceded it. Lennon responded to the rage with a collection of barbed guitar licks, enveloping the frustration he was feeling for the pop genre he had unintentionally shaped.The results are really quite extraordinary: ‘No Bed for Beatle John’ demonstrates the two artists mid-scream, ‘Radio Play’ captures the artists in the vortex of the pop world they are escaping, while the devastatingly moving ‘Two Minutes Silence’ offers listeners to join in with the artists at a time of great upheaval.
Johnson agrees, adding she’s seen social media play a huge role too.”As times change, I think things like TikTok and YouTube and even Spotify — getting on playlists, things like that are becoming more important than ever, and it can really be someone’s shot.”A trend that many in the country music industry say they hope is here to stay.