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Lulu (2011)

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Lulu is a collaborative album between rock singer-songwriter Lou Reed, and heavy metal band Metallica. The album was recorded in San Rafael, California during April through June 2011, after Reed had played with Metallica at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame's 25th Anniversary Concert which led to them wanting to collaborate. The lead single from the album, titled "The View", was released on September 27, 2011 to a widely negative reception on the Internet and failed to chart anywhere. The second single was announced to be "Iced Honey" and will receive a music video directed by film maker Darren Aronofsky.

Conceptually, the album is based on Lulu - two plays originally written by the German playwright Frank Wedekind. A majority of the album's composition is centred around spoken word delivered by Reed over instrumentals composed by Metallica, with occasional backing vocals provided by Metallica lead vocalist James Hetfield. Reed wrote a majority of the lyrics. The album was released worldwide on October 31, 2011, and on November 1 in North America. Upon its release, Lulu received generally negative reviews from most music critics and was widely panned. Review website Metacritic lists the album among the worst of 2011 and the 32nd worst album of all time.


The conception of the collaboration project began in 2009 when both Metallica and Lou Reed performed at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame's 25th Anniversary Concert. After that performance, they began "kicking around the idea of making a record together," but did not start working together until two years later. In February 2011, Metallica guitarist Kirk Hammett announced that in May 2011 the group would start working on something that's "not 100 percent a Metallica record. It's a recording project, let's put it that way." The project was revealed to be a collaboration with Lou Reed once the recording of the album had been completed in June 2011.

The collaboration was originally intended to be Metallica re-recording various previously unreleased tracks Reed had written over the years. Among these unreleased demos was a collection of songs composed for a play called Lulu—a theatrical production of two plays originally written by the German playwright Frank Wedekind. Reed shared the demos of these songs with the members of Metallica to help bring the "piece to the next level," and the group provided "significant arrangement contributions" to the material. David Fricke of Rolling Stone heard at least two of the songs from the project in June 2011—"Pumping Blood" and "Mistress Dread"—and described their sound as a "raging union of [Reed's] 1973 noir classic, Berlin, and Metallica's '86 crusher, Master of Puppets." All tracks were made available for listening on the official Lou Reed & Metallica website before its release.

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# Name Artist Live Acoustic Hidden Duration
1-1 Brandenburg Gate Lou Reed       04:19
1-2 The View Lou Reed       05:17
1-3 Pumping Blood Lou Reed       07:24
1-4 Mistress Dread Lou Reed       06:51
1-5 Iced Honey Lou Reed       04:36
1-6 Cheat on Me Lou Reed       11:26
1-7 Brandenburg Gate Lou Reed       04:19
1-8 The View Lou Reed       05:17
1-9 Pumping Blood Lou Reed       07:24
1-10 Mistress Dread Lou Reed       06:51
1-11 Iced Honey Lou Reed       04:36
1-12 Cheat on Me Lou Reed       11:26




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