Sound — 5
Garage Inc. is a compilation of covers that Metallica has done of some of their favorite bands. Metallica usually sounds very good, but this album slips a bit, but since the entire album is covers, it's not really their own music that sounds bad. It's not that the album is bad, it's just that the album doesn't seem like a Metallica album. Sure they put their own twist to the songs and made them more "metallicized", but the album still isn't up to par with other Metallica albums. The album does not sound at all like Metallica's traditional trash metal sound.
Lyrics — 5
Considering the fact that Metallica didn't write the lyrics to any of the songs on this album, it makes it hard to compare it to their other albums. Obviously though, the lyrics are not as good as Metallica's own. James Hetfield still sounds awesome though, and he puts his own sound to the songs and makes some of them sound better than the originals. The only part I don't like about his singing is how he tries to sound exactly like Lemmy on the Motorhead covers.
Overall Impression — 5
As I've said, this album is not one of the best Metallica albums, and should really only be bought if you are a big Metallica fan. There are a handfull of good songs, like: "Turn The Page", "Loverman", "Astronomy", "Tuesday's Gone", "Die, Die, My Darling", "Sabbra Cadabra", "So What", and "Whiskey In The Jar". However, out of 27 songs, those 9 are the only real good ones, and some of the songs are just flat out annoying to listen to. What I do like about this album is that Metallica has put their own sound to these classic songs. What I don't like is that there's just not very many good songs. If you are a big fan of Metallica then get it, but if you just like their thrash stuff, pass it on.