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Metallica, Lou ReedAudio CD
2.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (320 customer reviews)

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  • Audio CD (November 1, 2011)
  • Original Release Date: 2011
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Label: Warner Bros.
  • ASIN: B005NPLXJ4
  • Average Customer Review: 2.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (320 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #23,523 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Disc: 1
1. Brandenburg Gate
2. The View
3. Pumping Blood
4. Mistress Dread
5. Iced Honey
6. Cheat On Me
Disc: 2
1. Frustration
2. Little Dog
3. Dragon
4. Junior Dad

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Lulu was inspired by German expressionist writer Frank Wedekind's plays Earth Spirit and Pandora's Box, which tell a story of a young abused dancer's life and relationships and are now collectively known as the "Lulu Plays." Since their publication in the early 1900's, the plays have been the inspiration for a silent film (Pandora's Box, 1929), an opera, and countless other creative endeavors.

Originally the lyrics and musical landscape were sketched out by Lou for a theatrical production in Berlin, but after coming together with the 'Tallica boys for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame concerts in New York in 2009 all guilty parties knew they wanted to make more music together. Lou was inspired enough by that performance to recently ask the band to join him in taking his theatrical Lulu piece to the next level and so starting in early May of this year they were all camped out recording at HQ studios in Northern California, bringing us to today and ten complete songs.

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227 of 281 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Lulu, The Lou Reed-Metallica Train Wreck November 1, 2011
Format:Audio CD
So Lou Reed has this idea kicking around for a few years that he wants to write music for a German theatre group based on a series of old plays about an abused dancer who crosses paths with Jack the Ripper. He can't get it to sound how he wants, but then he jams with Metallica at a Rock and Roll Hall of Fame show. Eureka! Lou finds some young, hip rockers (compared to him, anyway) who can give him that dark, dangerous atmosphere he's been looking for. According to both sides, he casually says, "Hey, let's do an album together," after the jam and goes on his way. And now, two years later, we have Lulu. After listening to the album in its entirety, I have to wonder if Lou proposed this mess honestly when he brought it back up. I wonder if he said, "Hey, guys, are you willing to jump the shark and alienate the majority of your fan base (again) to be on an album with me?" And `Tallica, ever the experimenters, say, "Sure, Lou. We cranked out a decent metal album a couple years ago that went #1 around the world and energized millions of our fans, but hey, you're Lou Reed! Count us in!" I'm not complaining because I'm narrow-minded or don't like variety or risk-taking. The problem here is that, musically, vocally, and lyrically, repetition is the general idea behind these songs. Find a basic riff and just repeat it for anywhere from 4 to 20 minutes. Add in some noise and feedback here and there for at least some dynamics, and let Lou talk/"sing"/ramble over it until he's done. I know this is more of a Lou Reed album than a Metallica one, but whoever it belongs to, it's not very interesting or listenable. Considering the negative attention it's drawn, I'm not sure if many people will spring for this, but then again, since it is Metallica, it will probably sell millions of copies anyway. Read more ›
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257 of 325 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars The thing that should not be! November 1, 2011
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I have never written a review for anything in my life. This cd is so horrible that I feel that it is my duty as a human being to inform people. This album is like bad angel dust in audio form. The real words to describe this cd are not allowed in these reviews, all profanity and all bad. If you want to waste your money that bad, I could sell you a cd of farts and burps, that would even be better than Lulu.
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143 of 188 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars NOT What You Were Expecting November 1, 2011
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Metallica fans, before you get too excited at the prospect of a follow-up to 2008's "Death Magnetic," please know that this is in no way a Metallica album. Lou Reed fans, before you begin to think your favorite member of The Velvet Underground has finally gotten off of his concept album kick following his four track ambient meditational album, "Hudson River Wind Meditations," please know that he has not.

When Lou Reed and Metallica first announced they would be collaborating for a full album, imaginations of fans ran wild. Metallica is easily one of the most successful and influential metal acts of all time and Lou Reed's work with The Velvet Underground created his legacy as both a songwriter and musical innovator. Their combined efforts had to result in something extraordinary, right?


Even in his prime, Lou Reed was never much of a vocalist. As a songwriter, he ranks among the best, but his voice is not the reason his albums sell. At 69 years of age, his voice has only gotten worse and it shows on "Lulu." For 87 minutes, what Lou Reed does on "Lulu" could rarely be classified as singing. In fact, most of the time "Lulu" sounds like a cross between a drunken rant and the mumbles of a crazy person talking to himself. To be honest, I'm not convinced it isn't literally a combination of those two things.

The concept of "Lulu" is basically Lou Reed taking on the persona of a young woman who has had terrible experiences with men and decides to give a drawn out monologue. The creepiness of a 69 year old man playing the part of a young woman aside, Metallica's backdrop feels terribly out of place.
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24 of 31 people found the following review helpful
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On this album, Lou Reed rants like a crazy old man. What he's doing on this album cannot really be called singing. He sounds like he's tripping balls and just ranting. This is what they were going for, and it's sort of humorous. I guess I'm one of the few people who like this weird little project, and I'm ok with that.

Behind Lou Reed's crazy ranting, James Hetfield lays down some really amazing background vocals. What makes them amazing is the contrast to Lou's off-key craziness. It's this dissonance that really makes these songs shine. This album is all about the vocal interplay, and it's an interplay that's very original, if not universally pleasing. This dynamic plays out perfectly on the song "Cheat On Me," a trippy little number that builds up nicely and really has a great groove.

You can find many reasons to hate this album if you're looking for them. It's basically just a drunken jam session. But I think it's one of the most interesting things Metallica has done in a long time. I'm not surprised that most people hate it, but you can count me as one of the proud minority on this one.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Spermless like a girl
I can't believe I listened to all the negative reviews here and held off this long to give Lulu a chance. I'm also surprised that Lou Reed fans aren't liking this more. Read more
Published 2 days ago by DrDrew
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
Isa little different from the usual Lou Reed.
Published 1 month ago by Louisville, KY
5.0 out of 5 stars The horror, the horror!
Metallica and Lou Reed have outdone themselves with this brilliant collaboration. No longer will Metallica's "St. Read more
Published 1 month ago by psychedelephant
5.0 out of 5 stars If people knew that part I bet they'd "enjoy" it better. Reed probably...
This album is genius. It is partly about the Wedekind plays, but it is also about real people--people I know, or knew. Its scary as hell, but it is real. Read more
Published 1 month ago by T. Evans
1.0 out of 5 stars It bad but I had to get it
I mean this is awful, this came out around the time when I was down Metallica's shaft, and even then I didnt like it. Read more
Published 3 months ago by The D
2.0 out of 5 stars Blows Ride the Lightning out of the water!
Metallica's 2011 album LuLu is, simply put, a masterpiece! They teamed-up with Lou Reed (R.I.P), who wrote the lyrics and "sang" (actually talked, but still utterly... Read more
Published 5 months ago by Wuchak
4.0 out of 5 stars Left field is more Lou's territory................but Metallica has...
I bought this when it came out because, being a fan of both bands- Metallica in my youth, and Lou Reed in my adulthood- I just had to find out what these two entities came up with. Read more
Published 6 months ago by MLW
2.0 out of 5 stars A Mess Of An Album
I have listened to this album multiple times and I really try to find something really good in this album but it is really hard to find anything good here. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Kcott44
5.0 out of 5 stars Reed... POETIC GENIUS!
Thanx2 Adam 4 a REAL review! All u haters only wish u could write that well & if u wrote half as good as Reed does, u still wouldnt have a prayer in hell 2 b luck enuf 2 have... Read more
Published 8 months ago by tormato75
5.0 out of 5 stars i am the table, i am 69 years old & this is Rock & Roll
i guess most of the negative reviews that you can try to read over here must come from metalica fans.
First of all, i am a lou fan. Read more
Published 8 months ago by MaryTokio
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Total CRAP
It's not for a lack of understanding that I cannot stand listening to this. I am familiar with Lou Reed and something can be said for the anger in the lyrics and tortured anquish in the delivery of this spoken word style, and there are some really cool riffs from Metallica. The problem is, not... Read More
Oct 22, 2011 by Brandon F. Billman |  See all 50 posts
Where are the MP3s?
Lulu is available on Amazon UK as an MP3 downloadable album no idea why it isn't also available on the US site
Nov 3, 2011 by Jimbo Jones |  See all 5 posts
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