Sound — 9
This was my fourth metallica album, and after listening to MOP, RTL, and KEA, I just wasn't a fan. I pretty much ignored this CD for a few months. I felt it wasn't the thrash that put the metal in metallica, so initially I felt that ReLoad was a huge disappointment. Since metallica was my favorite band (still is), I thought I would just bear with the CD for a couple weeks and listen to it to try and appreciate and respect it at least. Once I did that I found amazing elements in Reload which make it my favortie metallica CD to date. First of all, the sound of the guitars. You can easily tell kirk hammetts influence on jimi hendrix really come out. The rythym guitar is like a fusion of jazz and metal, maybe blues as well. Kirks solos are amazing. They might not be the most technically strenuous lead he has played, but it is really easy to tell he is trying to do something different, trying to be more soulful and meaningful in his solos, and he soars. And lastly, Hetfields voices crush his previous cd's efforts that used to be so aggressive, and in your face (which still is a good thing). But now his voice has matured into a deep soulful voice. With these elements combined and understanding that metallica is not a static band, but a dynamic band who has the ability to change styles and soars very well in them. The sound has definitely changed from their previous efforts, and I respect the change to a more deeper, meaningful, and mature metallica.
Lyrics — 9
Metallica lyrics cover a whole gamut of issues and emotions. They have softer songs like low man's lyrics and unforgiven 2 that tell stories about tragedy of the unfortunate in peoples lives. They also have the typical aggressive, in your face songs like attitude, fuel, and prince charming. The lyrics aren't anything special that influence me or wow me, but at the same time they do limit the swearing, which I do prefer. But the lyrics fit well with each and every song. Their song writing on every level on this CD is almost impeccable. I don't know how they could have made these songs better, and thank goodness the lyrics fit in just fine. Hetfield pulls all of the lyrics with his singing beautifully. I don't know how to explain, I just recommend sitting in your room with the speakers up and listening to fixxxer, carpe diem baby, and unforgiven 2. You will see what I mean by his voice being top-notch.
Overall Impression — 10
Reload is a great album if you choose to appreciate it. A lot of people ay it sucks because it's not a typical metallica album such as KEA, MOP, RTL and ever AJFA. But if you are a musician and understand that musicians need to be dynamic with their music, that they need change, or even that sometimes they need to go to their roots, you would understand that this album is great. I define this album as a mature metallica. Hetfeids voice is deeper and more rich, while kirks solos are more soulful and bluesy. If you accept the change in this album you will find none like it and will thank metallica for not doing another MOP. Who wants another MOP? Not me, because each metallica album is greatly different than the other not only making each albummore creative and enjoyable to the ear, but it makes each album more special for being it's own album and not sounding like another. Honestly give this album a try, try to be an educated listener and understand the dynamic and maturing metallica. I don't know any other band who can go from crazy awesome thrash, to an album like Reload. If you do get the album check out, The Memory Remains, Unforgiven 2, Carpe Diem Baby, Bad Seed, and Fixxxer. I've already bought this album twice and would buy it again. Any true metallica fan should own this and at least appreciate it's depth.