Lou Reed & Metallica - Lulu (2011) Oct 24, 2011 16:21:54 GMT -5
Post by Erik Rupp on Oct 24, 2011 16:21:54 GMT -5
Wow. While the initial feelings that many (most?) people had about this pairing were that it wouldn't be all that compatible (and could be a major disappointment) I don't think anyone could have possibly been prepared for this.
Words cannot adequately describe just how bad this album is. I was hoping for something like Lou's New York album on steroids -as many others were hoping. Hope springs eternal, but so does the supreme awfulness that is Lulu.
At least on most of his albums Lou made some pretense of singing and carrying some kind of tune vocally. Yeah, his vocal style is mostly spoken, but it's spoken in musical notes and on key with some kind of legitimate melody. On Lulu Lou dispenses with that pretense on most of the album and just spews forth some nonsensical ravings that make him sound like some kind of schizophrenic who went off his meds.
For their part Metallica sounds like third rate Metallica on the album. Sure, they can't help but stumble onto some good riffs here and there, but overall the music they play sounds like something they threw together in one afternoon. Not that it sounds like they threw each song together in individual afternoons, but it sounds like they threw ALL of the songs together in one afternoon. Often, as on, "Mistress Dread," it sounds like Lou is doing vocals to one song while Metallica is playing another seriously thrashy, and completely different, song at the same time. What the hell???
It almost sounds like this is a joke, but then I'm reminded of the clusterf*** that was St. Anger. That sounded like a joke, too, at times. Certainly the trash can lid snare drum sound must have been a joke, right? But would Metallica try to pull of that same satirical joke twice?
If this album is a serious attempt at music then it is one of the biggest failures in the history of recorded music. It's that bad. If it's satire then Metallica should be slapped upside their heads for attempting the same satire twice within five years.
Seriously, words truly cannot adequately convey how bad this album is. That point is worth repeating. This may very well be the worst album that either of these parties has ever been involved in. UG-LEE. This album makes the worst of Lou Reed and St. Anger both sound like artistic achievements in comparison.
Even when Metallica provides some nearly catchy music and Lou Reed provides some nearly melodic vocals ("Iced Honey," "Cheat On Me," are examples) the results are poor. With the right vocal melodies these songs might have been the few shining lights on the album. Instead these songs only reach for mediocrity while still falling short.
Don't waste your time. Certainly don't waste your money. Pretend this album never happened.
You'll be much happier.