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Lulu (Amazon Exclusive Slipcase Edition)

Metallica, Lou Reed Audio CD
3.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (146 customer reviews)

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  • Audio CD
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • ASIN: B005MNL00Y
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 3.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (146 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 98,672 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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30 of 36 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Not straightforward casual listening 8 Nov 2011
Format:Audio CD
It is a tough album to get into. More so if you bought it with any subjective expectations as to what you're getting. I think a lot of people saw it as a new Metallica album, featuring Lou Reed. Indeed it's the other way around. It is not a new Metallica album, but a Lou Reed & Metallica album. Forget Death Magnetic (fantastic, by the way), because you're not doing anyone a service by comparing it to Lulu.

If you're a close-minded hardcore Metallica listener (if you think I mean hardcore Metallica listeners are close-minded, read it again) you will be disappointed. If you are a music appreciator, an art appreciator, and a Lou Reed and Metallica appreciator, you will need to buy this.

There have been terrible criticisms of the singing, that in some parts of some songs it's out of sync and out of place with the music accompanying it. The whole experience, however, is a tight package of creativity, based on lyrics written by Reed for the play Lulu. I can't stress it enough that this album is something separate the known sphere of Metallica productions, and that is the main thing listeners need to understand and even get past to appreciate this as a music album.

My favourites, after listening to the whole album twice, are Pumping Blood, Iced Honey, Cheat On Me and Junior Dad. The latter two take me back to Velvet Underground's creepy ambient, nearly static croon. I'd even dare to say that Junior Dad is my very favourite piece on this album. I like it even with "those stupid violins that go on for NINE F***ING MINUTES!". Just beautiful atmosphere, great lyrics.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
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Having played together before and familiarity with Reeds back catalogue makes this collaboration unsurprising. Based on two tragic plays in a similar territory to Reeds Berlin album, the cover of Lulu promises this will not be an easy listen.

Brandenburg Gate begins gently and acoustic before Metallica crash in for a mid pace thrash around. Pumping Blood introduces a string section contributing drones to compete with the guitars. Beyond this point Lulu consists of varying tempos, elongated musical interludes (warning may contain jamming and noodling) and thrash with Reeds usual deadpan vocals and James Hetfieldoccasionally adding raspy backing. At one point it sounds like Lars Ulrich is so bored that every once in a while he throws a drum down the stairs to see what happens.

As with all double albums a bit of pruning and editing would create a very good album, Junior Dad for example requires the removal of flab.

Placed firmly between The Velvet Undergrounds White Light/White Heat album, Like A Possum (from Reeds Ecstasy) and Metal Machine Music with a Berlin like narrative this is not an album you'd return to often......if at all. This is art writ large and is arguably a fitting coda to Reeds career, he wasn't bothered if people like this album or not. Whether it is the death knell for Metallicaremains to be seen (recent events over their Glastonbury appearance show they have have a mountain sized public relations mountain to climb that makes the Napster controversy look like small fry). Definately not the place to start for anyone interested in either artist. Approach with caution.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Make your own mind up 8 April 2014
By JulesB
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
I'm a huge fan of Metallica and always believe in making my own mind up about films/music. Only listened to Lulu once so far, but its pretty difficult to get into - it sounds like there's too much going on and in places, I think its just very weird. But I've never really heard much of Lou Reed's work so maybe real fans of his will appreciate it more.
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23 of 29 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars It rocks. 10 Jan 2012
Format:Audio CD
In a weird way Lulu is a good reminder of what rock actually is. This record is completely devoid of "good" taste. It thrashes and chugs and shouts. A lot of Metallica fans are adamant that it also sucks. A lot of Lou Reed fans are equally adamant that it's an embarrassment. Throw in various talking heads from late night arts review shows and the message is clear. Don't try anything different, make records for niche markets, be that for metal fans or the coffee table crowd and above all show some dignity.
What I like about this record is what a lot of people dislike about it. Reed's voice is too frail for Metallica's huge crunch. The result is that it sounds unstable, loose, like Metallica just jamming some riffs. You can hear them as an unpolished honest to god band, rather than as a recording unit or stadium act. In other words, to me at least, it rocks in the truest sense of the word. Lou's voice just sits on top, croaking away lyrics that work with the unholy maelstrom the band kicks up. Ultimately, it's the part of Metallica that isn't a corporate entity, the part of the band that was influenced by hardcore punk and doesn't care about its reputation. Contrary to popular misconception, I also think Lulu is every bit as much, if not more, Metallica as it is Lou Reed. Anyway, I think it rocks.
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11 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars lou reed is a genius 6 Nov 2011
Format:Audio CD
im not sure what deimos is and quite frankly based on their sad review i dont care. this is an amazing album. with each listen it gets better. brandenburg gate is a perfect opener then we have the view. metallica complament reeds vocals and their style of play inhances the beauty of lous writting. i love iced honey. its classic lou lyrics. its sad laments. little dog is fab but talk about saving the best for last. junior dad is genius. 20 minutes of beauty. 20 minutes of pain. this is one collaboration like the orb and dave gilmour that perfectly works. not so sure about the price though sadly. id say buy it but only if you must. the ordinary version is good enough for me.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Published 26 days ago by Linda Mckay
5.0 out of 5 stars Legends unite..
Some people slated this album but I loved it, both Metallica and Lou Reed have different styles, however for me they seem to compliment each other. Read more
Published 1 month ago by P. Sweeting
5.0 out of 5 stars Divided Opinion
The great thing about controversial art is that it divides opinion and fans often have an expectations of their favourite musicians prior to that anticipated new release. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Red Mosquito
2.0 out of 5 stars Lou rants and Metallica metals
Package arrived in tact and undamaged on the first date of the estimate arrivals range. the Album has a beautiful cover photos and has been excellently laid out. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Gerald
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Lou
Not everyone's cup of tea but I liked the rawness of Lou Reed and this was complimented with great Metallica.
Published 4 months ago by Mrs. L. M. Hobbs
4.0 out of 5 stars THIS IS A LOU REED ALBUM...
Lou Reed had the kind of voice and singing style that meant he could be set against any background of noise - had he decided to sing with a philharmonic orchestra, it would... Read more
Published 5 months ago by HAYLING BOOK & MUSIC VENUE (HBMV)
5.0 out of 5 stars judge for yourself
After all the terrible reviews and a poor performance on the later with Jools Holland show I decided to give this a wide berth. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Andrew Ferguson
4.0 out of 5 stars What's not to like?
I was a huge Metallica fan in the mid-80s Ride the lightning/Master of puppets era. I did buy 'Justice' and 'Black' but had drifted away into other things by then, to be honest... Read more
Published 7 months ago by GAVIN BOULBY
5.0 out of 5 stars i am the table, i am 69 years old & this is Rock & Roll
i guess most of the negative reviews that you can try to read over here must come from metalica fans.
First of all, i am a lou fan. Read more
Published 7 months ago by MaryTokio
3.0 out of 5 stars 2 or 3 great tracks.
Some really weird lyrics on this... some are pretty messed-up in parts, but I think maybe that's partly Lou Reed not wanting to compromise his artistic vision. Read more
Published 8 months ago by CRW61
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