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Lulu Import

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Editorial Reviews

Lulu is the landmark collaboration album between two of music's true heavyweights, but yet surprising artistic bedfellows, Metallica and Lou Reed.

Track Listings

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


Product Details

  • Audio CD (November 8, 2011)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Import
  • Label: POL
  • ASIN: B005LNCMIE
  • Average Customer Review: 2.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (344 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #506,737 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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By J. Hill TOP 500 REVIEWER on 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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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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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?

Wrong.

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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I heard little bits and pieces of Lou Reed & Metallica's 'Lulu' when it was released back in '11, but never got around to spinning the whole album until now. As you can see by the average vibe of the reviews on Amazon, it seems to be in the running for the coveted 'worst album ever made' award. Most of the positive reviews seem to hinge on Metallica fans being uncultured and juvenile and the negative reviews seem to echo another classic case of artists trying something unorthodox and disillusioning the fans. Before I give my opinion on this particular recording, I would like to address a few points I've seen reiterated throughout the previous reviews. First of all, I've been a Metallica fan since '90 and don't really care for the Velvet Underground. Just not my groove. Both bands have earned their stripes and have given the world plenty to shape our global soundscape, and for that I say, "Rock on". The inspirational source material is definitely not easily accessible, but it is what it is. Lou Reed had an idea, and here is the culmination. Musically, this album is great. Many say they find it repetitive, but the mighty Metallica is in absolute true form here. The riffs may seem somewhat limited compared to classic Metallica albums, but it complements Lou Reed's spoken word style really well. The lyrics are also great. Again, the source material is tough to grasp, and concept albums in general are not condusive for casual listening. Like previous reviewers have stated, it is a very dark album, but Lou Reed & Metallica make it work. If you're still reading this, you want to know if 'Lulu' is worth listening to. Yes. Its not what you're expecting, but its got real depth. Is it 'Ride the Lightning'? No. Is it 'the worst album ever made'? No - that would be 'St. Anger'
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