The world of rock and roll has never been so often known for its intellectual side. While you get a bit more brain-scratching material from bands like Radiohead and The Beatles, 99% of what actually plays on the radio tends to cater to something that’s pretty easy to take in.
Then again, even the dumbest of musicians should have known not to do something like that.
However, disasters like this can happen in different ways. Compared to the usual bad album or lackluster single, these bands have gone the extra mile to shove those bad ideas into your skull. Whether it was a mishandled album or the abandonment of an integral part of the band, there were more than a few fans tugging at their collars once these bold new reinventions were announced.
While some managed to beat the odds, many of these stupid moves went as badly as expected.
From subtle misfire to outright dumpster fire, these rollouts have left most fans rightly disappointed or pissed off, leaving the artists to either do a massive course correction or (worst-case scenario) double down on their bad idea. It’s one thing to know you’ve made a mistake…it’s another to try to convince your audience that it will work.
In the grand scheme of metal artists, Metallica has quite a checkered track record to be one of the biggest names in music. Though they set the benchmark for what heavy music should be in the 80s and 90s, fans wouldn’t let them forget some of the more egregious missteps like producing on And Justice for All and the cuts of massive hair that occurred during the Load era. . Even in their phase as former statesmen, these guys really should have known not to do Lulu.
Granted, it’s not like you can’t see what they were at least trying to do here, which is to work with one of the founders of heavy music Lou Reed. While Lou’s pedigree with the Velvet Underground is already intact, his move into a more art rock direction really doesn’t sit well with the guys who made Enter Sandman.
As such, much of this album functions less as a creative force in its own right and more as two genres happening at once, neither of which complement each other in the least bit. Lou Reed fans are probably disappointed with the massive metal riffs in the background, and Metallica fans are pissed that a buzzing rock fossil gets in the way of really good instrumentals. We may have pulled some great memes from the experience, but only a few apologists are willing to write home about the genius behind this thing.