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Album Review Bonus Round: Metallica & Lou Reed – Lulu

In the midst of one of our most intense exam periods, our blog posts have dried up. To make it up to you guys, I’m going to write-up a heap of short, sharp reviews of albums released in the last few weeks that I haven’t had time to review. It’s the ALBUM REVIEW BONUS ROUND!!!! Then I can get back to procrastinating on XKCD and other web-comics.

I’ve never been a huge fan of Metallica, and my Lou Reed  knowledge revolves around The Velvet Underground and Nico and a few solo recordings, but I have held amazing respect for both artists. When a collaboration of this magnitude is announced, one can’t help but be excited. Lulu combines the arrogance and that we expect of Lou Reed, with the intensity and power that we expect of Metallica, leaving an overawing blast of passion and sheer arrogance.

It’s a little surprising how well the two acts combine. For a man who has been around for nearly half a century, Reed is able to match the energy shown by the band, and his trademark snarl compliments the aggression quite perfectly. Written as a composition to accompany a couple of plays by German Frank Wedekind, the album ebbs and flows through various degrees of sexual misdemeanours, which Reed perfectly

Collaborations of this level are always going to be difficult to understand. The work does not have the same feel as other Metallica albums, and Metallica fans would likely treat it with a little contempt. In a similar manner, the use of Metallica will detract from the album for a number of Lou Reed fans, who may not appreciate the style of one of the premier rock bands of the last 25 years. It’s more suited to the honest rock fan like myself, who is more able to respect the contributions that both acts have made to the music industry. It is better to judge this album as a standalone piece separate from each of the two artists.

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