Sometimes, when the worlds of rock and poetry collide, the results can be pretty fantastic: Steven Jesse Bernstein's Prison with Steve Fisk, William S. Burroughs and Kurt Cobain's "The Priest They Called Him," and Brian Eno and Rick Holland's recent Drums Between the Bells are examples of the two styles meshing well together. Even Reed's old Velvet Underground merged the two very different genres well on spoken word tracks like "The Gift" and "The Murder Mystery." Reed and Metallica have no such luck. Metallica's token sludgy riffs distract from Reed's verses, which sound like a bad book-on-tape reading.
And this is only 30 seconds; Lulu is almost 90 minutes long. The people who thought Reed's Metal Machine Music was a difficult listen haven't heard anything yet.
- Velvet Underground
- Steven Jesse Bernstein