The Raven is the nineteenth solo album by Lou Reed. It is a concept album released in 2003 recounting the short stories and poems of Edgar Allan Poe through word and song.
In addition to Reed, the album features a number of guest vocalists including Laurie Anderson, David Bowie, Antony Hegarty, Steve Buscemi and Willem Dafoe. The producer, Hal Willner, had previously overseen the Poe tribute album Closed on Account of Rabies. Painter and director Julian Schnabel created the cover and Italian artist Lorenzo Mattotti released a book ‘inspired’ by the album.
Perhaps to make it more commercial, The Raven also features new and very different versions of “The Bed” and “Perfect Day”, two of the most well-known songs in Reed’s canon, and the noise music song “Fire Music”. Initially, The Raven was not well received by critics and fans but it has since developed a distinct minor cult following.
“These are the stories of Edgar Allan Poe! Not exactly the boy next door, Edgar Allan Poe”