Metallica - Lulu [Collaboration]

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Release date: 31 October 2011
Style: Alternative metal


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Disc I
01. Brandenburg Gate
02. The View
03. Pumping Blood
04. Mistress Dread
05. Iced Honey
06. Cheat On Me

Disc II
01. Frustration
02. Little Dog
03. Dragon
04. Junior Dad

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James Hetfield - vocals, rhythm guitar
Kirk Hammett - lead guitar, backing vocals
Lars Ulrich - drums
Robert Trujillo - bass, backing vocals

Session musicians:
Lewis Allan "Lou" Reed - vocals, guitar

Additional musicians:
Sarth Calhoun - electronics
Jenny Scheinman - violin, viola & string arrangements
Megan Gould - violin
Ron Lawrence - viola
Marika Hughes - cello
Ulrich Maas - cello
Rob Wasserman - stand up electric bass
Jessica Troy - viola

Additional info
Composed by Lou Reed with significant arrangement contributions by Metallica.

Produced by Lou Reed, Metallica, Hal Willner and Greg Fidelman.

Recorded by Greg Fidelman and Mike Gillies
Additional engineering by Jim Monti, Dan Monti, Sara Lyn Killion and Kent Matcke.
Mixed by Greg Fidelman.
Assisted by Geoff Neal.

Recorded at Metallica HQ.
Mixed at Sunset Sound.

Mix coordination by Lindsay Chase.

Mastered by Vlado Meller at Masterdisk.

Wax mannequin (about 1900) and other objects: collection of Werkbundarchiv - Museum der Dinge, Berlin.

All music by Lou Reed and Metallica.
All lyrics by Lou Reed.
All Songs © 2011 Lou Reed Music (BMI)/Creeping Death Music (ASCAP).

© 2011 Sister Ray Enterprises Inc/We're Only In It For The Music.

Staff review by
Some people righteously claim that this is not a real Metallica release and thus it can't be viewed as such. I agree. Metallica decided to co-operate with Lou Reed in his interpretation of Alban Berg's opera based on Frank Wedekind's plays "Erdgeist" and "Die Büchse der Pandora". The history behind that opera is as complicated and dramatic as one can imagine, assuming what a dark story it tells.

published 04.11.2011 | Comments (165)

Guest review by
Lulu brings back Metallica in a collaboration album with Lou Reed. A German visionary named Frank Wedekind wrote a collection of plays about a woman called Lulu who was both a muse and a mystery, the first form of woman. Most of the songs have death, sexuality, love and spite themes. Although it's not a Metallica album, the expectation was off the charts but the result is terrible.

published 14.11.2011 | Comments (18)

Guest review by
The worst thing you can possibly do is treat this like a Metallica album. It is not. Lulu is a Lou Reed album that just so happens to feature the guys from Metallica as his backing band. Of course, Metallica still had to go and put their name on it, which recklessly raised people's expectations, and the heavy criticism weighed at this album is largely true no matter how you spin it. Nonetheless, while this was a disappointment, it is not totally devoid of merit, and more of an interesting experiment than a Son-of-St. Anger-sized failure.

published 17.08.2013 | Comments (12)

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02.07.2018 - 10:38
Rating: 1
A tired thrash metal band making an album with a tired drugged drag rock artist who was somehow interesting in the early 70's. I still suffer consequences for hearing this album. This is liking eating someone's vomit. No thank you!
05.01.2019 - 20:27
Rating: 1
Maasai Mara
Given the amount of effort put on writing this album. Any reviewer should simply write, LOL BITCH and give it 0/10. The yelling of Jack I beseech you on pumping blood is one of the funniest things I've ever had. The line to be dry and spermless like a girl is the most stupid thing I've heard in my life.
You are not metal enough until you visit Kenya. The cradle of mankind, where man learnt first to work with stones and first enjoyed the sounds produced by banging stones which later influenced metal in all its sounds and genres.
21.07.2019 - 20:25
Rating: 1
Captain Obvious
I still think this is the greatest achievement of Metallica's career. They actually managed to make something worse than St. Anger. They accomplished the impossible. Way to go!
Did you ever notice that the people who tell you to get a life are normally people who should be dead in the first place?
13.08.2019 - 17:53
Rating: 3
Not a Metallica fan, so I wont hate this album because of the worship of this band.
The main problem is Lou Reeds vocal, terrible as hell. Its such a bad idea to combine Lou and metal together.
The second problem is the lyrics. I dont give much fuck to lyrics. But in some songs Reed always repeat and repeat and repeat the same thing over and over again. That s so fucking annoying, just makes me mad.
The third problem is some strange, noisy, unmelodic sounds like bee buzz or scratching the blackboard which hurt my ears a lot. Those sounds appeared too much in the album. Not cool at all, but make the music stupid.
The last song is a disaster, lasts for 19 minutes and makes no sense. Many parts are pure repeating. Listen to the ending part is such a torture.
Although, Instruments are not that bad, ive heard some good riffs in some songs. I dont know if Metallica recycled those riffs or not, but to be honest, they sound ok. But instruments of some songs just repeat the same things like Lou Reed does to the lyrics. Considering most songs are long, its boring.
As a summary, a bad album of course. But at least have some ok parts. I believe it should be around 3/10.
21.08.2019 - 14:16
Troy Killjoy
It's so rewarding to see that 8 years after its release, this piece of shit is still getting dumpstered on.
"Wise men talk because they have something to say; fools because they have to say something."
14.09.2019 - 13:00
Rating: 1
Metal Rambo
Listening to this album feels like choking to death over and over again, like being stuck in the deepest, darkest hole in Dante's Inferno, suffering the hellish torture of Satan for eternity and beyond. Actually Lulu could make a nasty torture device for ISIS or any other terrorist organization, since it works every time without leaving any visible marks. Success guaranteed.

It's really THAT bad.
You've got a lot of guts. Let's see what they look like.
29.11.2019 - 18:58
Rating: 2
Boxcar Willy
yr a kook
Written by Wiillak on 27.09.2011 at 13:36

It,s suck
14:22 - Marcel Hubregtse
I do your mum
14.05.2020 - 05:55
Rating: 8
The Sasquatch
Finally gave this album a chance, and holy shit you guys are wrong. There is a lot to like here. It is closer to excellent than it is to shit.

This is not a Metallica album, but that doesn't mean its bad. Its the most interesting music the band has released in a long time, but it is still not Metallica.
30.09.2020 - 22:04
Rating: 1
I am very proud to announce that I am the 1000th rating on this album
30.09.2020 - 22:59
Troy Killjoy
Written by doez on 30.09.2020 at 22:04

I am very proud to announce that I am the 1000th rating on this album

Just dropping by to congratulate you and let you know that had you rated it anything above a 2, I'd be contractually obligated to ban you.
"Wise men talk because they have something to say; fools because they have to say something."

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