Get Ready: Here Is "The View," From The Lou Reed/Metallica Collaboration Lulu

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Last night Lou Reed and Metallica released "The View," the first track to surface from their forthcoming collaboration Lulu. The breathless press release introducing the album cites its "graphic lyrics of jealousy, lust, violence and revenge, its grinding riffs and tantalizing tones," and, well, that's one way of putting what its first taste actually sounds like. Embed below.

In the run-up to this song's release the guys put out a few teaser clips, and upon hearing those bits I thought, "Hm, sounds like a crabby guy ranting about a woman who he 'actively despises' while a warped-cassette copy of Vulgar Display Of Power that was run over by a car immediately before being placed in the tape deck blares in the background." The full song does not to much to dispel my initial opinion, sad to say, although upon repeated listens I've found myself increasingly drawn to its ugliness. Damn you, Loutallica!

On the bright side, if you have a group of friends who are looking for Halloween costumes, you can all go as different metaphorical characters from the song! (Lyrics are helpfully provided on the SoundCloud page; they're also appropriately typed out in all caps.) One person can be the root, one person can be the progress, etc., etc.

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I love that this song expertly replicates the brain-horror that is daytime talk show "The View."

jsc
jsc

No offense to Metallica fans, but Lou could have done this on his own!

Guest
Guest

Next, Lou should reform Guns'N'Roses.

Doug
Doug

This is actually the first interesting thing Metallica has done since 1988, and Lou actually seems to be putting in an effort vocally. I kind of like it. I don't think the target audience is 25-30 year old midwesterners who moved to NYC after college and just started listening to metal in the last three years, so please just shut the fuck up if you don't have anything interesting to say. You know where the BV comments section is.

Epac
Epac

As an old-school Metallica fan, my first thought is...yeesh. But the music is decent...in a "To Live is To Die" or "Suicide & Redemption" kinda way.

Innajunglestylee
Innajunglestylee

I think Soundcloud user "demonoffarts" sums it up perfectly with the first comment: "This is one way to keep people from stealing your music." 

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