You Can Now Hear The Metallica/Lou Reed Collaboration Lulu In Full

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The Lou Reed/Metallica collaboration Lulu has been one of the more curiosity-inspiring releases on this fall's docket, thanks in part to what's been revealed so far: the grinding atonality (that veers on amusicality) of lead single "The View," the inscrutable 30-second samples that were loosed into the world yesterday. The album doesn't come out here until November 1, but as of this morning, it's streaming in full at the project's official website.

As the times given out on the track listing indicate, there's a lot of there there, and so a casual first listen might not be in the cards as much as it might be for, say, a more pop-oriented album. Feel free to share your favorite lyric in the comments; after all, any record that has an opening line of "I would cut my legs and tits off/ when I think of Boris Karloff" is bound to have quite a few gems littered within.

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Rev. Rob
Rev. Rob

POLL: What do you think of this LULU album?Vote: http://www.wepolls.com/p/43888...

I am a big Metallica fan, so I went into this with an open mind. And I came out of it with dissappointment. Reed can't sing and his voice doesn't go well with the band. Kirk is back to not playing solos. The only good parts are when you hear James' voice, which is trampled on by Reed who sounds like a 70 year old man arguing with their bank over the phone. 

Joe Songco
Joe Songco

Maura, I've given it 3 full listens and I still actively despise this. The best thing I can say about it is that it sounds like 2 records playing at once. I'm all for artists going out of their comfort zones but different doesn't always equal good. Lulu is just...cringeworthy.

P.S. - I loved your review of the Big 4 show where you said the first 1:27 of Holy Wars was your favorite piece of music ever. It might be mine as well.

Epac
Epac

I haven't heard it yet. I'll certainly give it a shot, but can't say my expectations are high (then again, maybe that's a good thing). A lot of purists from both sides will hate it w/o actually listening to it. AJFA was the last truly great thing Metallica did...their other albums are ok, with the exception of St Anger which is beyond a POS. I dig VU and early Lou, but...wow, talk about different paths crossing. We'll see...

Kevin
Kevin

I don't think anyone familiar with Lou Reed's "Berlin" or any album in Metallica's catalog would find this collaboration so surprising, or for that matter, so terrible. I can't wait for an actual adult to give this record a thorough listen and an intelligent review. Maura, I think you're up to the task. I certainly don't want to read yet another pithy sentence on the subject from a midwestern indie rock baby who grew up on Weezer. I love VU and some solo Lou, but haven't enjoyed a Metallica album since "And Justice...", and I'm kind of digging this.

Smeat2000
Smeat2000

It's different. Lou Reed is an aquired taste, so I can see where this is going to alienate a lot of Metallica fans. You know... bless Metallica for trying something off-beat. I'm sure they will come out with a "normal" CD shortly.

Joe Songco
Joe Songco

I am speechless. This is brutal. I actively despise this.

Kevin
Kevin

If the first 1:27 of "Holy Wars" is truly Maura's favorite piece of music ever, why aren't we married?

maura
maura

I am going to try and give it more listens, although right now, the dissonance is way too grating. I can deal with noise and enjoy quite a bit of "difficult" music, but there are a lot of moments here that sound like they were recorded between two stages at a not-very-well-planned-out festival, and it's disconcerting. Also: I get that it's in character, but man is the relentless misogyny wince-inducing. Even more so because it's so prominent.

Thank you for having faith in me, though!

Kevin
Kevin

Funny, that's exactly how I felt about Use Your Illusion I and II when they came out - the misogyny in some of the songs was almost comically embarrassing, and on top of their  general poor quality, I found the whole experience unbearable. I guess I allow someone like Lou a little more room in that regard, as I can at least give him the benefit of the doubt that it's character driven, rather than what comes across as the autobiographical rantings of a juvenile dick like Axl. But your points are well taken!

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