Metallica & Lou Reed - Lulu

Double Album 2LP 180 Gram Vinyl, Gatefold, EU Pressing

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Lulu is a collaborative studio album by American singer-songwriter Lou Reed and metal band Metallica, released in October 2011 via Vertigo Records.

First and foremost, Lulu is a Lou Reed album. Metallica may receive collaborative billing, and Reed has made canny use of the band's skill set, but it's clear after the first ten minutes that he is the auteur on this project, leaving most Metallica fans awfully puzzled by Lulu.

Then again, Reed's fans were scratching their heads, too - Lulu is a purposefully difficult album, one that insists you meet it on its own terms, and the angry flood of sounds and ideas that pours from its ten long songs demands more than a little patience. Lulu had its genesis in a theatre project by frequent Reed collaborator Robert Wilson, who was creating a new adaptation of the plays of Frank Wedekind; in these songs Reed sings from the perspective of a young woman who is corrupted by her experiences with men, as well as some of the characters she meets.

The personal pronouns offer occasional clues as to whom Reed is channeling at a given moment, but for most of its 87 minutes, Lulu sounds like one long, bitter, spiteful rant as Reed pours out gallons of lyrical bile, mostly unfettered by rhyme schemes, and with rare exception Reed doesn't sing here, he mutters or shouts or barks like an angry beast.

At the age of 69, time seemed to be catching up with Reed's strength, but he used it to his advantage on Lulu, and while he frequently sounds like a mean and slightly crazy old man here, it absolutely suits the tenor of the piece. Reed holds nothing back, and the torrent of curious, ugly, and puzzling images gets to be more than a bit much, rarely cohering into a larger whole.

As for Metallica, it's easy to see why Reed wanted to work with them - for this music, he obviously wanted a massive wall of guitars, and James Hetfield and Kirk Hammett certainly deliver, and with the band's usual acrobatic soloing stripped from these performances, they summon a towering wall of chugging menace on "Dragon", "Frustration", and "Mistress Dread". 

It's not difficult to see what Reed was shooting for on Lulu, and ultimately, it’s a brave experiment for both Reed and Metallica.

Check out the tracks: “The View” and ”Iced Honey”. 

This double LP housed in a gatefold sleeve with printed insert is pressed in Europe on 180-gram heavyweight vinyl.

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Tracklisting:

 

 

Title

Time

A1

Brandenburg Gate

4:19

A2

The View

5:17

A3

Pumping Blood

7:24

A4

Mistress Dread

6:51

B1

Iced Honey

4:36

B2

Cheat On Me

11:26

B3

Frustration

8:34

C1

Little Dog

8:01

C2

Dragon

11:08

D1

Junior Dad

19:29

SKU 602527815985
Record Label Vertigo Records
Label / Model # Universal
Catalogue Number 602527815985
Country EU - Europe
Release Date (Year) 28 November 2011
Original Release Date (Year) 01 November 2011
Barcode # 602527815985
Shipping Weight 0.5950kg
Shipping Width 0.010m
Shipping Height 0.314m
Shipping Length 0.314m
Shipping Cubic 0.000986m3
Type New
Format Limited Edition Double Album 2LP Records, 180 Gram Vinyl, Gatefold Sleeve, Insert
Vinyl Colour Black
Genre Rock
Genre Hard Rock
Genre Avantgarde
Format VINYL LP

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