Metallica and Lou Reed are both legendary in their respective rock worlds. When they announced a collaborative album, it seemed like it could go one of two ways—really interesting or terribly mismatched. Unfortunately, it's starting to sound like the latter.

The former Velvet Underground frontman has proven himself capable of pulling off some pretty experimental stuff, but this might be too much of a stretch for even him. Over the trudging backdrop of distorted guitars and crashing symbols, Lou's spoken-word delivery just sounds awkward and out of place.