Sound — 10
Ride the Lightning was Metallica's second album. When people compared it to the debut (Kill Em' All) they noticed two things. Metallica have matured in songwriting, and it sounds better. This album is probably one of the best sounding (if not the best) Metallica albums ever made. Even with all the thrash riffs and hard core soloing, this album is very clean. The majority of the album is distortion, but there is Fade To Black, a great ballad, and an instrumenatal piece that move slower before picking up the pace. I love the whole album's sound. It's fantastic (especially for a second album at thier age).
Lyrics — 10
Out of all the albums, (about 11) this is either the second best lyrics-wise. James Hetfield (singer/rythym guitarist) writes the words very well in different styles. One song (Ride the Lightning) is a narrative told through the eyes of a man waiting to die in an electric chair. It makes you think and fits perfectly. Another song (Creeping Death) tells a biblical story of Moses, the Hebrew plagues, and the Angel of Death. Out of the eight songs, there is one instrumental song, and the album's ballad (Fade To Black) has some of the greatest lyrics Metallica has ever recorded.
Overall Impression — 10
This is one of my favorite albums, period! I love Metallica and this was FAR better than I could have expected for thier yound second album. The best songs (which I like them all) would be the Title Track, For Whom The Bell Tolls, Fade To Black, and Creeping Death, but this is an album I always enjoy listening to all the way from start to finish. Do whatever you can to get this album in your collection if you are a fan of rock, metal, thrash, Metallica, or just good music. I give Metallica's "Ride The Lightning" a perfect score.