What’s left to say about Lou Reed and Metallica’s universally-derided Lulu? Critics have had a field day tearing this putrid mess apart and fans have been, if anything, even crueler. Metacritic users currently rate the album a 1.9 out of 10, making it the fifth-worst album ever. Consequence of Sound even put together a hilarious collection of critical similes to describe how awful it is (sample: “Listening to Lulu is like watching the Challenger take off”).
The one listenable track several reviews have cited is the closer, “Junior Dad.” It’s a 19-minute track featuring eight minutes of string drone that still manages to be the high point of the whole mess. So leave it to our friends Heinali and Matt Finney to redeem it even further. Their cover clocks in at a more manageable three-and-a-half minutes, fitting it into poet Matt Finney and producer Heinali’s usual sonic-textures-and-spoken-word mold. It doesn’t make you want to listen to the original again, but it makes us glad something good came out of all this.
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