There a good little article in filter.com written by a guy who really seems to want to be Advanced, though he isn't there yet. Here's a sample:
"Learning to love Lou Reed is a daunting task. Owning and loving all four Velvet Underground albums is one of those things every music fan knows they are obligated to at least consider. But for far too long Lou Reed’s solo records have been ignored for being uneven and crippled by Reed’s personal problems. Okay, some of the criticism is true: does anyone ever need to actually listen to two discs of multi-layered feedback on Metal Machine Music? And if anyone actually bought The Raven, you have my sympathy."
He goes on to talk about how good "Berlin" is, which is a step in the right direction. I imagine in about 15 years or so the writer will finally understand "The Raven."