Lost their way
This is just awful. This should have been a side project if they intended to make this filth. Doesn’t deserve one star
It would be better if Lou didn’t sing on this train wreck of an album. I mean they have both put out some great albums but together Mr. Lou sounds like Mr. Magoo the blind guy from the cartoon on this record. They both wasted so much time on this side project that they both could have each put out quality albums on their own.
By Worst predictions ever
Metallica’s best album by far
Drunk uncle Lou
By The Humaniac
Five stars is probably overstating it, but balance must be restored! #thanoswasright I think the hate comes from being a thing that most people simply aren’t interested in, amplified by the expectations of these two legendary acts. When you heard that Lou Reed was making a record with Metallica, whether you were a Reed fan, Metallica fan, or casual observer: this is not what you thought it would be. It’s basically rock opera, and unusual even for that. People complain that this sounds like drunk uncle Lou stumbled into the studio and ranted in singsong about a German prostitute while Metallica played repetitive improv-metal and they are not wrong. I just don’t think that’s a bad thing. It’s does lack “songs”, but it does not lack structure and is beautifully sequenced and paced. Like a good opera, it has song-y bits scattered throughout but mostly operates in recitative mode. It’s bold enough to be detestable in inimitable Lou Reed fashion, like Black Angel Death Song, Berlin, and especially Metal Machine Music before it. I loved it.
After listening to this album I’ve got to say what was Metallica thinking? This is by far the worse music ever. If Metallica wants to experiment with their music then do a collaboration with Trent Reznor, Kid Rock, or anybody with a decent ear for music.
I want Metallica to go outside the box sometimes when it comes to music being they can’t keep this up forever as they get older so hopefully they will take another look at their old albums Load and Reloaded and pick out a style they can keep up with age wise I guess.
Anyways, this album should be free to download because you would be crazy to waste your money on this album.
The vocals are very bad and just this album is worse than Load, Reload, and St Anger combined. This is the worst album I’ve ever seen and if Cliff Burton we’re still alive, he would probably kill himself listening to this.
By Kit Karamak
You would only ever buy this album if you are a collector completionist, not if you wanted to listen to actual music.
On the flip side, I bet it would have made an okay instrumental, if you wanted something generic sounding in the background, for video game boss battles, or if you just need ambiant grey noise in the background ... something easy to ignore.
I'm not saying it's terrible, but I didn't buy it. It wasn't for me. But when you're rich, and you want to make a self-proclaimed 'avante garde' album, then by all means, Lou and Metallica, strut your stuff, peacocks.
By Neo 1020
Good in concept, but executed so poorly
Listen, the concept of mixing metal with spoken word isn't a bad idea. I mean Slint were able to mix spoken word vocals with rock music excellently. But this was just executed so badly. Metallica and Lou Reed just have no musical chemistry whatsoever and that's why this album suffers so horribly. I admire their willingness to experiment, but new ideas aren't exactly good ideas.