10 Songs, 1 Hour 27 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

Lulu is a story of a young woman who's seen quite a bit. Originally conceived as a Berlin theater production by avant-garde director Robert Wilson, Lulu is an interesting collaboration between two iconoclastic rock acts: Lou Reed and Metallica. It’s more in line with a Lou Reed album. Reed narrates and sings most of the material, with Metallica’s James Hetfield providing backing vocals and occasional lead vocal relief. The real benefit of the collaboration is that it gives Reed his best backing band in years. Metallica serves Reed’s material, putting its seasoned chops into what was for it a very quick recording process. “Iced Honey” is the album’s most accessible moment. “Cheat on Me,” “Dragon,” and “Junior Dad” all deserve their epic lengths. Deliberately squeamish moments are played up for maximum impact, but it’s the strategic ugliness of the music in spots—“Little Dog” makes efficient use of Reed’s angry-old-man bitterness—that makes this an uncompromising triumph. These songs are closer in spirit to Reed’s Velvet Underground days than anything else Metallica has attempted.

EDITORS’ NOTES

Lulu is a story of a young woman who's seen quite a bit. Originally conceived as a Berlin theater production by avant-garde director Robert Wilson, Lulu is an interesting collaboration between two iconoclastic rock acts: Lou Reed and Metallica. It’s more in line with a Lou Reed album. Reed narrates and sings most of the material, with Metallica’s James Hetfield providing backing vocals and occasional lead vocal relief. The real benefit of the collaboration is that it gives Reed his best backing band in years. Metallica serves Reed’s material, putting its seasoned chops into what was for it a very quick recording process. “Iced Honey” is the album’s most accessible moment. “Cheat on Me,” “Dragon,” and “Junior Dad” all deserve their epic lengths. Deliberately squeamish moments are played up for maximum impact, but it’s the strategic ugliness of the music in spots—“Little Dog” makes efficient use of Reed’s angry-old-man bitterness—that makes this an uncompromising triumph. These songs are closer in spirit to Reed’s Velvet Underground days than anything else Metallica has attempted.

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Ratings and Reviews

1.7 out of 5
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3.5K Ratings

Jesse Puma ,

Possibly the Worst Album of All-Time

I'll keep it simple.....it's bad....really bad. It sounds like a random drunken old man wandered into a Metallica rehearsal and started rambling incoherently into the microphone. If you want to punish your ears give it a listen. Metallica must have made this album on a dare.

Unmedicated Eddie ,

Coming from a fan of both Lou Reed and Metallica.

Lou Reed is great. Metallica is great.
Coffee is great. 7-Up is great.
Pizza is great. Fudge is great.
Grape jelly is great. Chopped liver is great.
Marshmallows are great. Sirloin steak is great.

Mix 'em together? See Lulu.

(Actually, Junior Dad is a great song, but that's only because it sounds exactly like a Lou Reed song.)

Sid F ,

There was no option for negative stars

Pretty much the worst thing I have heard in a long, long time.

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