Why issue a two-CD set based on horror author Edgar Allan Poe? “Obsessions, paranoia, willful acts of self destruction surround us constantly,” explains Reed. “Poe is a writer more peculiarly attuned to our new century’s heartbeat than he ever was to his own.” To pay homage to his hero, the former Velvet Underground frontman has combined new rock songs performed by David Bowie, Ornette Coleman and his wife, Laurie Anderson, with Poe’s stories read by Willem Dafoe, Amanda Plummer and Steve Buscemi. Scary.
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