Lou Reed and Metallica post full Lulu stream

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Oh yes. The gnashing of teeth, the bitching, the moaning, it has begun. Actually, it started a while ago when Lou Reed and Metallica released a preview of “The View” from their upcoming Lulu. The chorus will only get louder now that the full album stream has been put up. And, per usual, there are a lot of reviewers out there straining themselves to come up with clever ways to say how much they hate the record.

This reminds me of when St. Anger came out. Sure, part of me liked that record just because of the fan backlash, but beyond that there was a kind of brutal and claustrophobic intensity that really dug in. And speaking of brutal, Frank Wedekind’s Lulu plays were drenched in it — a young German dancer sexing it up with rich men, rampant violence, and even a collision with Jack the Ripper. So all of those comments about Reed’s “random mumblings” are more than a little off base. Me, I kinda dig it when Reed is croaking out “Jack, I beseech you!!” as the boys are grinding away behind him.

Metallica can do whatever they want at this point. Many of the naysayers seem to want them to go back and re-record Kill ‘Em All. I half suspect they’d bitch about that too.

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Mark Saleski

Mark Saleski

Mark Saleski is a writer and music obsessive based out of the woods of central New Hampshire. A past contributor to Jazz.com, Blogcritics.org and Salon, he originated several of our weekly features including the Friday Morning Listen, (Cross the) Heartland, WTF! Wednesday, and Sparks Fly on E Street. Follow him on Twitter: @msaleski. Contact Something Else! at reviews@somethingelsereviews.com.
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