Metallica’s New Album Not a Metallica Album

The new concept album from Metallica and Lou Reed, Lulu, is out today but whatever you do, don’t call it a Metallica album. Drummer Lars Ulrich wants to be sure that’s clear: “This is a one-off project. It’s a new collective.” A collective that’s been released to rave reviews and pans by critics and fans alike.  Webzine Drowned In Sound says Lulu is Metallica’s “most interesting and engaging album in ages.” While others sing (pun intended) of its awfulness, it’s repulsiveness, is discordant-ness.

It’s also not really music and what emerges, according to reviewers, is a stream of consciousness -type thing, recited by Reed.  “No drums, no guitars, no recognizable rhythms or keys,” Ulrich recalls. “Just these soundscapes, incredibly beautiful. And Lou reciting these potent words. It was so deep.”

Call it what you will, that definitely doesn’t sound like Metallica.