Release date: 31 October 2011
Style: Alternative metal

Rating:

2.2 | 742 votes

Owners:

214 have it
42 want it


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

Bottom 20 albums of all time: 1

Reviews (3)
Lyrics (10)


Line-up
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
Daniell

Rating:
2.0
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.

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published 04.11.2011 | Comments (164)

Guest review by
AndMetalForAll

Rating:
4.3
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.

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published 14.11.2011 | Comments (18)

Guest review by
ScreamingSteelUS

Rating:
7.4
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.

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published 17.08.2013 | Comments (10)

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Unhealer - 21.12.2014 at 15:00  
Rating: 8
Written by Uldreth on 21.12.2014 at 12:23

but I can tell you, the hate reaction this album gets is not because metal fans are so stupid they cannot understand it or w/e, but because this shit is so bland that prior to hearing this album I could not imagine any music can be this bad.


No, the hate reaction this album got is because it reached ears it should never have. If Lou had picked another unknown/under metal band and had gotten a similar result, some would have praised and maybe most would have hated it as any other experimental album of this kind, there wouldn't have been such a fuss about it.
But no, Lou chose fucking Metallica, probably the most mainstream metal band and so the album (or at least "The View", people have admittedly rated this 1 or 2 based on that song only or 5 more minutes of the album maybe) got to people you would expect to check new Metallica material out, that included a whole lot of fans, haters and "casuals" if you may.
Add to that the fact that it's cool to hate Metallica these days, so people are really vocal about everything these guys do wrong. This was a chance not to be missed really.


tl;dr = This album is hated this much because Lou chose Metallica as his backup band and thus reached ears any Metallica output would have and of course wouldn't be pleasant to, not because of the actual album content.
LeKiwi - 21.12.2014 at 16:37  
Rating: 3
Written by Unhealer on 21.12.2014 at 15:00

tl;dr = This album is hated this much because Lou chose Metallica as his backup band and thus reached ears any Metallica output would have and of course wouldn't be pleasant to, not because of the actual album content.

A large portion of the hate undoubtedly stems from the polarity of how people view Metallica, but you'd be overgeneralising if you said that those perspectives constituted the entire reception of the album. I'm quite open-minded, yet look at my rating
Unhealer - 21.12.2014 at 17:13  
Rating: 8
Written by LeKiwi on 21.12.2014 at 16:37

A large portion of the hate undoubtedly stems from the polarity of how people view Metallica, but you'd be overgeneralising if you said that those perspectives constituted the entire reception of the album. I'm quite open-minded, yet look at my rating


I know, I wasn't implying that. I'm saying that is why the record is hated SO much and not just bastardized for a while and then forgotten like other "bad" albums.
Mattybu - 21.12.2014 at 17:16  
Rating: 1
Written by Unhealer on 21.12.2014 at 15:00

got to people you would expect to check new Metallica material out, that included a whole lot of fans, haters and "casuals" if you may.


Stupid casuals, when are they going to learn how awesome sniffing shit in the wind is?
defeat213 - 21.12.2014 at 21:44  
Rating: 9
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You are also forgetting, that the long albums you listed are all good listens and thus their length is not a disadvantage, not to mention, their styles are such that the long format benefits them. This album is BAD that is why it is "torture-length".

Except this album isn't a bad listen, so the length doesn't hurt it. Regardless, the guy didn't even listen to the full album, so it's whatever.
defeat213 - 21.12.2014 at 21:48  
Rating: 9
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I could not imagine any music can be this bad.

Ever heard of crunkcore or slam? At worst, this album is inoffensive, at best it's great. Why there's so much vitriol for an album that has no place being in the discussion of worst albums ever is something I'll never get.
Uldreth - Today at 12:10  
Rating: 1
Written by defeat213 on 21.12.2014 at 21:48


Ever heard of crunkcore or slam? At worst, this album is inoffensive, at best it's great. Why there's so much vitriol for an album that has no place being in the discussion of worst albums ever is something I'll never get.

On slam you mean slam death metal? I much prefer slam to this atrocity. Slam is dumb heavy music for the sake of being heavy, but is quite enjoyable if done well. Unlike this pile of shit .

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