I love Metal Machine Music by Lou Reed. It's often regarded as one of the worst albums of all time, thought to be done as a joke or a record contract breaker with his label. I think it's one of the boldest thing i've ever seen a mainstream artist do. Lou was at the first height of his career at this point, riding off the success of "Transformer". In the midst of all this press, praise and hype, bam. Leaves us this album in a nice little package. Its loud beyond all belief, its unforgiving, its distorted and high pitched, growly, pure unadulterated feedback. This in a way is the ultimate "guitar" album. Where else can you go from here? Pure guitar noise. The end of the line. Nothing more, nothing less. This is the end of the guitar universe where there is nothing more than white noise. This album was originally taken off all shelves within three weeks of its original release date. I think this is a genuinely impressive and well done avant-garde record that was very ahead of its time in the rock sense. It's more than just 'noise', the tones and frequencies change in pitch, speed, rate, volume. There was an honest effort to make this record sound how it sounds. This album inspired noise rockers (Thurston Moore of Sonic Youth has cited this as an influence) and industrial artists later in the 80s and 90s and even today, and even helped the insurgence of the genre "No Wave". I mean, according to a CD reissue of this album, it's sold 100,000 copies in the US. I'm not sure of that true, but I think this album comes down to what your definition of music is. To some it really is just noise, but to me this is music that predicted music years down the line. Albums like metal machine music come out on sites like soundcloud and bandcamp every day now for anyone to hear. This is yet another example of Lou Reed being a rock and roll groundbreaking trailblazer, creating sounds way out of his time. What do you think? Is this a prime example of "you get it or you dont" ? What do you think about this very divisive album?