Metallica and Lou Reed's 'Lulu': Listen to the preview here!


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Throughout their respective careers, both Lou Reed and Metallica have spent a healthy amount of their creative energy challenging their audiences.

Enthusiasts of both have sometimes had to embrace extreme sounds and ideas that are both deeply noncommercial and passionately counterintuitive. But people keep tuning in because the personalities behind the music are so strong and compelling that they dare you to look away.

So it’s no surprise that a chance collaboration during a Rock and Roll Hall of Fame anniversary concert has now resulted in a full-length album featuring both entities. Lulu hits store shelves on November 1, but there are previews of each one of the songs below.

They’re a strange marriage of Metallica’s turned-to-11 thump, Reed’s catty delivery, and lyrics that tell the story of a dancer who rises through society only to end up a poor prostitute (a tale originally told in a pair of plays written by German playwright Frank Wedekind). Give the tracks a spin below.

With the bulk of its 10 tracks clocking in at over six minutes, listening to Lulu is certainly going to be an investment. The boys in Metallica seem to especially be stretching themselves, bending to Reed’s every twist and turn.

The single “The View” didn’t give us very much hope for the rest of the album, but what do you think of the samples? Are you excited for Lulu? And is this collaboration more or less surprising than Reed’s hook-up with Susan Boyle? Unburden yourself of your heavy thoughts in the comments.

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  • Peter

    Do I have to pay Lars before listening to these?

  • An Average Sized Mustache

    You know how chocolate and peanut butter go so well together? Yeah, well this isn’t one of those situations.

  • Minutiae

    Yeah, add this one to the list of Metallica’s mistakes, right behind St. Anger. In other news, the new Megadeth CD comes out the same day, and will likely rock much harder.

    • lettergirl

      agreed. ST ANGER was the worst thing ever. it sounded like they recorded the whole thing while trapped in a steel drum. this sounds like something they would play while torturing you. ugh…just give me my old school metallica cuz i can do without the new stuff.

      • Ran

        Cause your not even close to a real Metallica fan fool….. they were torturing you,and they were in a steel drum!!!! St. ANGER!!!

  • jc

    wow, that is one of the most bizarre things i’ve ever heard…..
    can’t tell if i like it or not

  • CountryClub

    Pretty much what I expected. I like the music, but hate Reed’s delivery.

  • HugeMetallicaFan

    I love Metallica. But this is just awful. Their last album “Death Magnetic” was great. It showed they finally listened to their fans after the tragedy of “St.Anger” and got back to doing what they are good at… Now it seems they lost it again. This album was just pointless. They should of been in the studio making their next real kick ass album to follow up “Death Magnetic”. So disappointed.

  • Jeremy

    Just listened to the leak and it was beyond painful, it is embarrassing and self indulgent. I cannot imagine this does anything for Metallica other than to taint their reputation. For Reed, I think he has always managed to hang around people more interesting than himself and never had anything to offer musically; another feather in his cap for leeching off others success.

    • Brian J McDermott

      Being a true Metallica fan from day one, Everyone tries something new at some point in their career. The music is def them but Lou Reed voice just does not fit. I appreciate the effort. Did Jamz start drinking again?

  • DRG

    Proceed with caution. Metallica might sue you if you listen.

    • tread

      Get over napster already, old news, turns out the metallica boys were right anyway

      • Keanon

        Yo además añadiría …And jsuitce for all a los discos que dices. Por lo demás, suscribo lo que dices en su totalidad.¡Un saludo!

  • dan

    Ugh, Justin Beiber is better. I wanted to commit suicide after listening to this

  • TCrab

    Lou Reed has to be one of the most over-rated artists ever. His delivery on the first single is atrocious and Metallica should be ashamed to have their name on this.

  • Buggz

    God, I hope this is a joke, a “false leak”. The vocals are atrocious, this can’t be the final mix!

  • marko65

    Heavy. Probably too heavy for Metallica fans, but they’ll grow to love it.

  • Pete Zare

    Risky and amazing. Metallica fans will probably not like this. But it s not Metallica – it is an entirely different venture. Lou Reed is an amazing lyricist, and this is disturbing visceral and brilliant. This is an incredible piece of art-rock that will have serious impact, and remind the music world what a genius Lou Reed is.

  • tread

    come one everyone, this is not metallica anyway, this lulu was written by said reed, and just expanded a bit. Why fault metallica for trying something a bit different? being a musician is about expanding and growing as an artist and not retreading the same crap over and over.

  • Mannard

    This is horrible… Who told these guys they sounded good together??

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