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Review of Metallica's "Lulu"
A Grand Discovery
I love Metallica, when I first started to listen to them around 4 years ago I was 13. My very first album was their Black Album. From then on I explored their good albums; Master of Puppets, And Justice For All, Ride the Lightning, as well as the bad: Load, Reload, St. Anger. From EP's to live albums, I was a Metallica expert in one year flat. I was immensed in heavy metal from that point on, older bands I liked did nothing for me anymore. So I was extremely hyped when I heard my favorite band was teaming up with a then-unknown-to-me artist named Lou Reed. I liked Death Magnetic, and thought that Metallica would continue on that path, perhaps redeeming themselves for the past fifteen years of pseudo-metal music. If only they did.
How it all started
Metallica performed alongside Lou Reed at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, playing a couple of Reed's hits. If you watch the concert, you don't immediately think, "Hey! Why don't those guys all get together and make an album!" But they do, and Lou Reed chooses the "Lulu plays" as the concept that they should work on.
I won't get into each and every minute of each and every song. I will, however, as this is a persuasive article wherein I try to convince you that the album is of poor quality, pull some rather interesting lyrics out of the album. It is worthy to note, in addition, that the entire album is almost 90 minutes, a good 20 or more is nothing. Meaning silence, or pauses, or simply a track playing recorded guitar feedback. They serve as very, very boring tunes. Now, as for the lyrics:
From the song Pumping Blood, which starts with Reed characteristically mumbling the title over and over again:
"I swallow your sharpest cutter
Like a colored man’s dick
Blood spurting from me"
Or from the song Little Dog:
"If you got the money you can go to the top
The female dog don't care what you got
As long as you can raise that
Little doggie face to a cold hearted pussy
You could have a taste
A taste of what the big dog got"
Perhaps Reed's lyrics are far too profound for my little teenage brain, but I do understand many of the concepts of the album: misery, loneliness, inferiority, hate and the feeling of insignificance. That's all well and good, but the poor delivery makes this album, in my eyes, irredeemable. As a reviewer on Blabbermouth stated, the album is just Reed's ramblings over Metallica demos that were never meant for release. It is a very sad state of affairs.
If you watch their live performance of the slightly-less-disappointing-song, The View, then it all doesn't seem half bad. But, as Metallica standards go, this album is the worst they've ever released. I do take slight comfort in the fact that this is mostly a Lou Reed album more than anything else, but even so: Metallica should have known better than partake in all this. At least St. Anger had some songs of partial quality. If you're a Metallica fan, stick to their earlier stuff and wait for the 2012 album.
Live Metallica, but it's still Lulu
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