"Heavenly Arms," one of Reed's numerous love songs of the period written for then-wife Sylvia, features a raw and passionate vocal performance that meshes well with the spare but jagged guitar-based arrangement. Maybe it doesn't sound much like a typical tune from 1982, but unfortunately that's not the only reason wide audiences frequently were denied the opportunity to hear this music. After all, the rather trend-oblivious Reed was not likely to don a headband and join the synthesizer rage of the age even if by some miracle that would have guaranteed him MTV attention. Luckily, it takes only a small amount of digging to unearth this worthy track, and I'm more than happy to extend thanks to the engaging Adventureland for pushing me in the right direction.
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