By Kenneth E. Oquist
The new release from Lou Reed and Metallica ‘Lulu’ is one of the most intriguing collaborations of the year. I think this could be a possible Grammy Awards winner. Ten songs have to be put on two discs. ”Brandenberg Gate” is a song that starts out acoustic then kicks into high gear.”The View” has a pretty good Rockin’ sound, and is the kind of Progressive Rock that Lou Reed can do so well. Metallica backing him up sure doesn’t hurt here, or on any of it, really. “Pumping Blood” does indeed have Metallica written all over it musically. It sounds quite interesting to hear Reed this way.
“Mistress Dread” has more of a fast paced Progressive Metal sound. The variety is quite excellent on this release. “Iced Honey” leans more toward what Reed does best, a mid-tempo rocker. This is one of the best tracks on here. “Cheat on Me” has a slow start that builds into quite an unusual mid-tempo rocker, and another strong track. “Frustration” has some very nice drumming and excellent tempo changes throughout. “Little Dog” is an acoustic song with a lead electric guitar that oozes through the cracks, featuring some scant percussion for effect.
“Dragon” is another song that does quite a bit of Progressive Rocking, and there is a pretty large dose of it on most of this release. “Junior Dad” is nearly a 20 minute song featuring a slow, lazy, rambling Progressive Rock sound. I like the eerie ambience in the middle. This is another great song as well, with nothing that I don’t like. ‘Lulu’ would make a really great Christmas gift for the musically adventurous. A must have for fans of either Lou Reed or Metallica. This is a four and a half star collaboration.
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