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Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Lou Reed Tamps Down Expectations, Says Metallica Project Is "The Best Thing I Ever Did"

Posted By on Tue, Aug 30, 2011 at 8:54 AM

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The Lou Reed and Metallica collaboration has a name (Lulu), a release date (October 31/Nov. 1 in the U.S.), and even a website. It also has a hype bubble large enough to bankrupt several midsize European economies, due largely to the mouthings of Mr. Reed himself.

You may remember that the onetime Velvet Underground frontman declared the forthcoming album to be "maybe the best thing done by anyone, ever." Well, he's returned with another epically unsubtle statement -- and we're not sure if he's upping the expectations or lowering them.

Reed said this week that the project he recorded with Metallica in San Rafel is "the best thing I ever did."

Huh?

On the one hand, he's not repeating his claim that it's maybe the best thing ever, just his personal best.

But on the other hand, he's saying it's the personal best of a guy who helmed one of the most influential rock groups of maybe all time -- the guy at least partly responsible for White Light/White Heat, "Heroin," Loaded, "Pale Blue Eyes," and ... well, we could go on for a while.

So will it rule, or is Reed crazy? He sounds only a little batshit in the U.K. Guardian:

"This is the best thing I ever did, and I did it with the best group I could possibly find. By definition, everybody involved was honest. This has come into the world pure."

We shall see...

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