10 Years Ago: Lou Reed and Metallica Perplexed the Music World With ‘Lulu’

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The strange collaboration between Metallica and Lou Reed on the artsy, outré, double-album Lulu remains as perplexing today as polarizing. Metallica had only just returned to their fans’ good graces with 2008’s Death Magnetic, the band’s heaviest, fastest, most musically gripping offering since 1988’s …And Justice for All. And then, without warning, or seemingly, forethought, they committed to working with Reed on a spontaneous, loosely structured jam album coupled with a lofty literary theme. Titled Lulu, the disc came out on Nov. 1, 2011 in North America, and was quickly lambasted by critics…

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