“Lulu” by Lou Reed and Metallica
CD Album: Lulu
Author: Lou Reed and Metallica
Label: Warner Bros.
Released: October 31st, 2011
Sixties rock’n’roll created a huge number of myths and legends, including a few names such as Pink Floyd, Led Zeppelin, and Lou Reed.
They changed the world of music completely.
During the eighties heavy metal, was a genre coming from rock made another music revolution, creating new myths and legends as Iron Maiden and Metallica.
When two big myths put together their talent, the result can only be explosive.
This is the case of “Lulu”, a collaborative album by Lou Reed and Metallica.
The story of this masterpiece started two years ago, during Rock and Roll of Fame’s 25thAnniversary, when the metal band and the songwriter played together for first time.
In February 2011 Kirk Hammet, Metallica guitarist, announced that his band had started working on a new work “not a 100 per cent metal record”.
After a few weeks James Hetfield, leader and singer of theLos Angelesband, revealed the collaboration with Lou Reed.
The artists finished recording in June and the label, Warner Bros, released the album on 31stOctober.
“Lulu” is a two CD concept album based on two plays, “Earth spirit”, 1895, and “Pandora’s box”, 1904, written by the dramatist Frank Wedekind.
These plays tell the story of Lulu, a woman living on street who is saved by a gentleman.
But the huge selfish nature of this woman, imbued with greed, thirsty of power, passion, perversion and hunger for money, will lead her to certain death.
The first CD contains six tracks and it tells us the beginning of the Lulu drama.
The music, arranged by Metallica, gives a perfect gloom and dull atmosphere, while the suffering voice of Lou Reed, who wrote all lyrics, transmits despair to the listener.
The worst sides of the human nature are examined in a deep introspective way.
The second CD is four tracks long and more melodic, the message transmits eternal damnation.
Lulu is a desperate woman, “I don’t have the strength I once had”, the Reed verses declare.
The power and ability to obtain everything has become useless now, the material wealth can not avoid a mortal destiny.
The last song, “Junior dad”, is an excruciating meditation about the past life of Lulu, without a hint of regret, but only the strong desire of living forever.
Probably the fans will be disappointed, this is not a usual Metallica or Lou Reed album, it is “Lulu”, it lives an its own life, detached from the genre of these musicians.
This is a demanding and well-made musical effort which tries to analyse a difficult matter as the human nature deeply.