Lou Reed & Metallica "The View" — Song Review 4.5 out of 5 stars
Tue, 27 Sep 2011 15:18:09
At this point, neither Lou Reed nor Metallica have to do anything.
They've never pandered to record labels, critics, or audiences. As a result, both became musical divinities in their own right with said industry figureheads, "tastemakers", and fans following them down their respective paths. Those paths cross at Lulu. "The View" is a peek behind the curtain at what Metallica and Lou Reed are set to release on November 1st. It's a chilling dramatic display of heaviness. Reed declares, "I want to see your suicide" as an elegiac drumbeat from Lars Ulrich fumes below his voice slowly.
Kirk Hammett and James Hetfield paint sludgy distorted backdrop for Reed to cover in Lulu's blood in this voyeuristic tale of suicide and loathing. Reed's voice stands at the center of the sound as Robert Trujillo's bass rumbles calculated below. Everything kicks into thrash gear as the guitars speed up dramatically and Hetfield growls out a sinister refrain.
The rest of the song mounts into the final apocalyptic explosion from Hetfield. It's pure brutal bliss. Now, Lulu isn't Master of Puppets or The Velvet Underground & Nico; it's a dark beast of its own. This record isn't about pleasing one or both audiences. It's about crafting something dangerous, dramatic, and deep. That's what these gentlemen are best at. They've created the ultimate 21st century rock opera—soaked in blood—and it's simply because they wanted to.
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