Sound — 9
This album creates a somewhat familiar vibe for Metallica, yet delivers a whole new realm of sound for the band. It introduces new concepts and more melodic songs, along with several ballads, yet includes songs that still retain the thrash mood that defines Metallica. Some of my favorite songs from them are on this CD.
Lyrics — 8
In this CD, the lyrics have a wide range of meanings, from patriotism and problems of society, to urban legends and being on the road. The lyrics of every song on this album are unique in their own way, and each fit the song perfectly. James Hetfield's voice mostly sounds the same from the previous CD, using growling tones, and also uses melodic singing at times.
Overall Impression — 9
In my opinion, this is one of the best albums of theirs. I wouldn't necessarily compare it to the albums of other artists, but realize that it is its own unique creation. My favorite songs on the album are Don't Tread On Me, giving you the feeling of patriotism and excitement, The Unforgiven, telling a tale about the life a young man taken into a tribe, and Nothing Else Matters, a soft and lovely ballad that turns into a heavy and emotional solo at the end. I love the diversity of this album, and the many unique styles used, and I don't think I could really say anything that I hated about it. If it were lost/stolen, I would definitely buy it again.