These are what we call the 'YMMV items.' Things that some people find in this work. We call them 'your mileage might vary' because not everyone sees these things in the same way. This starts discussions in the trope lists, a thing we don't want. Please use the discussion page if you'd like to discuss any of these items.
Bile Fascination: Metal Machine Music somehow managed to sell 100,000 copies despite (or perhaps because of) its overwhelmingly negative critical reception, which nearly ruined Lou Reed's credibility as a musician.
Jerkass: He was known to reduce interviewers to tears. Especially if they were fans. When Velvet Underground guitarist Sterling Morrison died in 1995, John Cale was late getting to the funeral and was furious that he'd miss Reed's eulogy. Only on arrival did Cale discover that Reed hadn't bothered to turn up at all.
Magnum Opus: Commonly cited candidates include Berlin and New York. Despite being his most popular album, Transformer is usually regarded as being a good album but not his best.
Some Anvils Need to Be Dropped: New York contains some furious rants about the problems plaguing the titular city at the time, including poverty, AIDS, corruption, and similar issues. Some of them continue to be problems to this day.
Sophomore Slump: Averted. Reed's second album, Transformer is much better than his solo debut and his most popular album to boot.
True Art Is Incomprehensible: The release of Metal Machine Music shocked fans and critics alike, with many returning the vinyl to stores believing theirs was damaged, though Reed continues to suggest that it was a landmark for industrial and noise-rock.
Some of the lyrics to Lulu fall into this category.
Vindicated by History: Upon release, Berlin was almost universally panned by critics, and called "a disaster" by Rolling Stone, who would go on to include the album in their list of the 500 Greatest Albums of All Time many years later.