Lou Reed & Metallica
There have been many collaborations over the years which have gained the attention of music lovers worldwide.
When it was announced that Lou Reed and Metallica would be releasing an album together music lovers raised a collective eyebrow. Music forums across the internet seemed to be focused on one question. How would such differing styles mould into one comprehensive sound? After multiple listens I have to say that I don’t think it does.
The first track starts off promisingly, Lou Reed’s vocals floating over a melody which seems to suit the track perfectly. At this point I almost think that this album might work, the subtle nuances of Lou Reed’s lyrics alongside intricate guitars highlighting everything that resulted in his cult following. After 60 seconds, the role Metallica will be playing in this collaboration is made clear; to play as hard and as loud as ever.
At times this works, Brandenburg Gate being a personal highlight, in which Lou Reed’s lead vocals and James Hetfield’s backing vocals complimenting each other perfectly. Unfortunately this turns out to be an anomaly.
The huge riffs and visceral delivery expected from Metallica is here for all to hear. The problem is that at certain points the inclusion of Lou Reed’s vocals appear to be an after thought. This may be forgivable, if there was even an ounce of excitement to be found in the close to 90 minutes on show throughout Lulu.
The lead single The View is so repetitive that it can be be described as nothing less than lazy. Once you get past the repetitiveness, you can try and make out what any of the lyrics are referring to. On at least 5 occasions James Hetfield shouts “I am the table” with no visible meaning behind it whatsoever.
So as you can probably tell I am not the biggest fan of Lulu. The problem is I wanted to be, so badly. Lou Reed has created some of the most beautiful music ever released, and Metallica have recorded so many great albums I have lost count! Unfortunately, the ten tracks on display here have more in common with St Anger than Metallica classics such as Ride the Lightening or The Black Album, and that is unforgivable.
The View – Lou Reed & Metallica (Courtesy of LouReedMetallicaTV)
01. Brandenburg Gate
02. The View
03. Pumping Blood
04. Mistress Dread
05. Iced Honey
06. Cheat On Me
08. Little Dog
10. Junior Dad