The world of rock and roll has never been known for its intellectual side so often. While you have more cerebral material from artists like Radiohead and The Beatles, 99% of what actually gets on the radio tends to respond to something that’s fairly easy to understand.
Then again, even the dumbest of musicians should have known that something like this should not be done.
However, disasters like this can happen in different ways. Compared to the usual bad album or lackluster single, these bands went the extra mile to hammer those bad ideas in your head. Whether it was a mismanaged album or the abandonment of an integral part of the band, there were more than a few fans pulling their necks out once these bold new reinventions were announced.
While some have managed to beat the odds, a lot of these silly moves have gone as badly as expected.
From subtle misfire to outright fires, these deployments have left most fans either disappointed or rightly pissed off, leaving the performers to either make a massive course correction or ( in the worst case) double down on their bad idea. It’s one thing to know you 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 an eventful enough track record to be one of the biggest names in music. While they set the benchmark for what heavy music should be in the ’80s and’ 90s, fans haven’t let them forget some of the more egregious missteps like the production on And Justice for All and the cuts by. massive hair during the Load era. . Even in their phase as older statesmen, these guys really should have known better than Lulu.
Granted, it’s not like you can’t see what they were at least trying to do here, which is work with one of the heavy music founders Lou Reed. While Lou’s pedigree with the Velvet Underground is already intact, his shift in a more artistic rock direction really doesn’t match the guys who made Enter Sandman.
As such, most of this album functions less as a creative force per se and more as two genres occurring at the same time, neither of which in the least complement each other. Lou Reed fans are probably disappointed with the massive metal riffs in the background, and Metallica fans are pissed off that a buzzing rock fossil gets in the way of some really good instrumentals. We might have pulled some good memes out of the experience, but there are only a few apologists willing to write about the genius behind this thing.