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Metallica - Lulu [Collaboration]

2.1 | 1102 votes |
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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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 (163)

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 (13)

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15.02.2023 - 20:09
Rating: 1
Nocturnal Bro
Written by Metren on 15.02.2023 at 19:16

This album is an interesting piece of shit. I can't say that I get no entertainment out of listening to it. It's not quite the same enjoyment as with "so bad they're good" movies like The Room, but it is something similar.

I find it mind boggling that this exists when you consider that these are the same musicians that invented and performed those legendary songs in the 80s. But I would not call it interesting. I never feel the urge to listen to this album.
15.02.2023 - 20:37
JoHn Doe
Most of the ideas (if not all) for this album came from Lou Reed, I remember when this was released, and the CD was gathering dust in music store I was often going to, Lou Reed's name came first and then Metallica (Lou Reed & Metallica) on the CD.
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06.03.2023 - 08:13
Rating: 4
Theory Snob
I used to defend this album... never mind. It's crap. But like Metren said, it's somewhere near to 'so bad it's good'.
"I am too stupid to be human, and I lack common sense." - Proverbs 30:2
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Rating: 1

29.05.2023 - 07:00
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I like this album
09.06.2023 - 23:37
Angel Wolf
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It reminds me of my loved ones . awesome music had always came from Metallica\m/
09.06.2023 - 23:38
Angel Wolf
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And of course! the iconic MetallicA.
21.06.2023 - 12:23
Would this album be better if it sounded like this?

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21.06.2023 - 17:28
Written by nonZero on 21.06.2023 at 12:23

Would this album be better if it sounded like this?

I've only seen the thumbnail because I'm not going to play a video on mobile data, but my first thought was:
"Oh, what did Beanley Hall do this time?"
21.06.2023 - 20:17
A Real Mönkey
Written by nonZero on 21.06.2023 at 12:23

Would this album be better if it sounded like this?

"Change the world. My final message. Goodbye."

~Last words of Harambe, seconds before he was shot, according to child he shielded from gunfire
01.07.2023 - 01:49
Rating: 1
This album is the quintessence of swampy asshole manifested through the realm of sonic vibrations.
01.07.2023 - 08:00
Rating: 2
A Nice Guy
I'm afraid I have to jump on the old bang wagon here, I think this album really sucks. However, it's a poetic journey through the warped mind of Lou Reed, so it's something only he himself was likely to understand. Experimental wise, it reminds me of his early adventures with The Velvet Underground, when he was high on all kinds of substances, but I found some of his early stuff bizarrely satisfying, "Heroin", "Venus In Furs" etc.. His work here on Lulu is along way off the standard of that early material though imo. Metallica I basically just see as a back up band here, adding that extra oomph, nothing more.

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