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Bad left turn for 'tallica, total cash-in for Reed
Posted by: AvidCDBuyer from: NY, NY on
This cd was born of a passing conversation between Lars and Reed after the RNR HOF performance they played together; Reed jumped all over an opening from Lars that "they should do something together" and was contacting them shortly thereafter. I'm surprised that no one is pointing this out. In an interview on TMS on VH1, Lars pointed out how unexpectedly quickly and enthusiastically Reed was reaching out to them to do the project (in fairness, Lars made absolutely no inference that Reed was cashing in - that is just my opinion).
I have a very open mind when it comes to music. Having said that, Reed sounds like he is well past his prime. While he may have a very loyal fan base, he only manages to speak the lyrics here. I haven't heard any of his recent solo work, so I couldn't fairly comment if his voice is as shot as it sounds on here. It would be nice if Metallica could release an instrumental version of this album but it likely won't happen as it would be a slap in the face to Reed. However, anyone can hear how poorly these two artists mix, at least on this record.
It's a shame that they went on such a path musically after releasing such a well-received album prior to this (Death Magnetic). Granted, they have been saying that this is not a proper Metallica album, however at the same time they are quick to point out that they enjoyed playing like this and that it will likely influence how they record the next album. That's terrible news to fans, since the last album was looked at as a return to their musical roots of sorts.
10 out of 11 found this review helpful.
From A Metallica Fan with an open mind, mostly.
Posted by: BG7319 from: Buffalo, MN on
This maybe a review that will help Metallica fans decide if they want to buy this. My background, I have listened to Metallica since 1987 I am a nut for Metallica. Have I been taken back by some of their albums in the 2000's? Sure but they grew on me and I try to be open when they do anything new. Am I a Lou Reed fan? Not so much. I personally will be buying this but more for just Metallica's riffing in some of the tunes. The only reason I will buy it is for that reason. Every Song as Soon as I heard Lou's talking (Not Singing) grates on me. I will be changing this cd to a Karaoke version with some software so I can bear to listen to it. And like I said I haven't liked everything Metallica at first but grew to like it. This will not be the case for this I am sad to say and I am very well aware it's not a new Metallica album. Metallica usually can do no wrong in my eyes so there you have my opinion. And I know Lou is an artists in his own right but like country music I just can't appreciate it.
8 out of 8 found this review helpful.
Great experiement to bring a dark play to light
Posted by: theu2edge from: Chandler, AZ on
Just finished listening to the entire "Lulu" album masterfully created by Lou Reed and Metallica. Before I go any further...this is not a Metallica album and it's not a Lou Reed album. Do some quick research on Frank Wedekind and his Lulu plays and it will help you understand where this project is coming from. The album as a whole is a haunting drive down a road no one talks about. Lou's dry voice over the heavy music leaves a confusing contrast at times, but takes you into the "Pandora's Box" of what is Lulu. At times I am reminded of Jim Morrison's An American Prayer, but this album is more cohesive and much more dark. If you separate the two elements here, Metallica plays some of the best and some of the heaviest music you have heard from them in a long time. I think Lou has pushed them into new ground and maybe sparked a new edge. Vocally, James Hetfield of Metallica only has a few lines here and there. This is where Lou Reed comes in. Not so much singing as he is talking or reading poetry. If the lyrics do not make you uncomfortable and cringe at times, get checked out. The ending of this piece is as brilliant as everything in between. A sad end, you can imagine the Lulu plays in your head, what she becomes, who she really is, and where she ends up.
The album as a whole is simply brilliant. But just to head off all of the usual critics: I repeat this is not a Metallica album! If you are looking for Metallica to do 95 different version of "Master Of Puppets" well that ship has sailed. And thank God. I'm happy they try new things. Some work, some do not. This works on a whole new level that many probably will never get. But DO YOUR RESEARCH! understand what the Lulu plays are about. Watch the silent film "Pandora's Box" if you need to. The album talks about some of the most uncomfortable things in life. Metallica provides a brilliant soundtrack to the play Lou Reed carries out in his trademark devil may care wit and the dryness of someone who just sucker punched you on the street just for the hell of it.
19 out of 28 found this review helpful.
This is the worst album I've ever heard!
Posted by: Ubasnaga from: Loyalton, CA on
This is honestly the worst music I ever heard, it's worse than Rebecca Black. If you're a true Metallica fan, don't even bother shelling bucks to buy this!
2 out of 3 found this review helpful.
I LOVE IT MORE THAN I LOVE LIFE
Posted by: ILoveLulu1981 from: on
I bought this album expecting it to be complete garbage, but I was very pleasantly surprised. This is a very thrashy album. Don't listen to anybody who says it's complete garbage because they're liars! This album is better than Kill Em All, Ride The Lightning, and Master of Puppets combined! h8erz are jus gunna h8
1 out of 2 found this review helpful.
Wow massive I love it
Posted by: extremeness from: on
Can't stop listening to it heavenly true blessing :-)
0 out of 1 found this review helpful.
Posted by: FiberMerlin from: Aurora, CO on
If you like Lou Reed, you may like this album. If you like Metallica, then do NOT buy this! I for one could not stand this album, and I LOVE Metallica!
I for one can not stand to listen to Lou Reed "singing".
1 out of 3 found this review helpful.
Posted by: Easton from: Bowie, Tx on
I LOVED listening to this album! Wow. Thats the best word to describe it. Lou Reeds echoing poetry mixed with a stunning Metallica bass beat and systematic guitar riffs really leave you in amazment. I will be listening to this album for the rest of the winter everyday! Highly recommend!!
5 out of 13 found this review helpful.
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