So far it's, um... as expected?
It's literally awesome.
I've never listened to much Metallica so I can't say how it compares to the rest of their work, but Lou Reed's one of my favourite artists ever - and this is far better than I could ever have imagined.
Thematically it's similar to Berlin, but musically it's got more in line with Ecstacy or The Blue Mask.
The View (I am the table) is by and far the worse track and is by no means representative of the rest. It's the only song which features noticeably prominent James Hedfield vocals and the only song on which the metal riffs jar with Lou's laid-back drawl.
The rest is intense aural joy. Lou's lyrics are brutal.
Yeah, this is incredible. It's one of those albums I couldn't listen to too often because it's heavy both sonically and thematically.
But as a challenging tour-de-force it could well be up there with the very best of Lou Reed's discography.
Everyone else will hate it, though.
Yes, this is really another brilliant Lou Reed album, and Metallica turn out to be the best backing band for him in decades. I agree, "Iced Honey" and "Brandenburg Gate" stand out as classic Lou Reed work.
...which is a classic sounding 70s Lou Reed track. Personally I'm enjoying this, I like the concept behind it with the dark prose, etc.
Some of the tunes are really, really dark, Pumping Blood and Mistress Dread particularly so.
there was a moment partway through Pumping Blood where I thought it all came together really nicely. I'm going to listen through a few more times and see if it grabs me.
Shit, that was meant to be in reply to ninetyeightytwo. OH WELL.
Lou Reed still sounds much, much cooler than you huh? Except when he tries to do some kinda metal roar. Unless that's James Hetfield interjecting. 'I am the table' is never going to be a good lyric huh? Metallica's sub-Motorhead machine gun drumming (particularly inappropriate in places here) and the shitty guitar tone that's meant I've not been able to stomach them before is all over this huh?
Well, yeah, I'm just concentrating on the first disc right now, which will apparently take a while... reminds me of the thrilling days in 1974 when I was just discovering Lou Reed, The Vevets, all that, from the kick-start of Rock-N-Roll Animal. And I bought Metal Machine Music brand new (gave me a terrible headache & a bit of sarcastic skepticism for Lou, a good thing) and I think... maybe, this is what I *wanted* MMM to be that funny day in Summer of 1975.
like it alot especially iced honey and junior dad.
it's the most interesting thing 'tallica have done for a while. only listened to the first few songs though. doubt i'll listen to the whole thing very often, but it isn't bad.
More thoughts: Metallica turn out to be the best backing band for Lou Reed in decades, bringing to life some all-time classic Lou Reed work, genius in combining all his personas into one voice, majestic, inspiring, always poetic... and a little scary.
somebody saying that their problem with this was that it didn't sound as much like Enablers as they'd like it to. I agree entirely.
it's definitely one or the other and not anything in between though
I'd love him to do something like a sequel to that. Same sort of sound and themes and stuff.
I love that record.
before he dies.
all other instruments volume 6
much better than I expected
which has been the second best track on the album after the first track. the rest...
The second 'Cheat On Me' is fucking amazing, despite an initial similarity to Beck's 'Golden Age'
thought it was pretty good
You have to wait for the first chorus before the distinction in vocal ranges becomes apparent.
but it's just a bit shit innit.
...could be a great TV moment, I can't wait.
cannot wait. SO much could go right/wrong.
PLEASE go to the studio with a nest of tables and get them to sign each one....! Has any band in the history of Jools fallen flat on their face before? Only one I can remember is Devendra Barnhart being clearly of his head.
after the "I am the table!" line, the camera cuts to a closeup of a table.
I AM THE TABLE
terrible episode so far.
its now broken :(
Metallica certainly looked like they were enjoying themselves. Lou seemed to struggle to keep up at times.
how old is Kirk!? James looked awful too. Fat Lars also!
My favourite comment regarding Lulu so far..............
"If the Red Hot Chili Peppers acoustically covered the 12 worst Primus songs for Starbucks, it would still be (slightly) better than this."
HA! (I'm sure it wouldn't be though)
and if i didnt know who lou reed was id have just thought it was metallica jamming the same riff over and over, with their pissed up mate playing a d chord and talking over them the whole way through.
I was in the studio last night, and it was a very odd experience. Lou Reed seemed to be in anotehr world. Lou and Lars were interviewed by Jools, and it's going to be car crash television when it is aired on Friday.
Fair play to Metallica though, they really looked like there were enjoying themselves.
After bigging up my excitement for it.
My Dad's only words were "Wow, Lou Reed is really broken, isn't he?"