Metallica’s Lars Ulrich criticises fans’ “ignorance” towards 2011 album Lulu: “It’s aged extremely well”

“What the fuck is it about ‘Lulu’ that it got that kind of reaction? I can’t quite figure it out”


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Lars Ulrich has launched a defence against the polarising collaborative album Lulu, blaming the failure “down to the ignorance” of fans.

In a move that probably won’t be that popular, the Metallica drummer was interviewed for Lou Reed’s posthumous book “The Art of the Straight Line: My Tai Chi”, a holistic take on the Velvet Underground frontman’s passion for Tai Chi.

In the book, Ulrich reflected on the pretty bad reception that the release of Lulu was met with back in 2011.

“What the fuck is it about ‘Lulu’ that it got that kind of reaction? I can’t quite figure it out, but years later, it’s aged extremely well. It sounds like a motherfucker still. So I can only put the reaction down to ignorance …

“It took our fans to a place I wish they would go more often. Maybe it would be a better time to release it now with what’s going on outside in the world, the chaos. I don’t know, but I am very proud of this record … James [Hetfield] and I would be figuring out ways through a piece of music and then Lou would look over and go, ‘that’s it. I’m not doing another fucking take of that.’ That’s not the way we usually worked, but it was so beautiful and great, the whole thing.”

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