Sound — 10
This is probably one of the most controversial albums of any band that came out with a CD to date. Half the people like it and half the people don't. The reason is because Metallica tuned their guitars to drop C this album, the vocals and instrumentals are sloppy, the snare isn't tuned right, and there's no guitar solos, a must for metallica. But, they did that for a reason. They wanted to make a record that released all of their anger, and this was the best style to do it like. Sure this album is different, but that dosen't make it bad.
Lyrics — 10
There are some clever lyrics, because in this album, james let Kirk and Lars make some lyrics. However, since there are more lyrics, a lot of them don't make much sense, dosen't go with the music, and gets kind of repetetive. The singing style is okay, but not as good as older stuff (james ruined his voice during the black album). What amazed me was him doing "Fran-tic-tic-tic" in one breath, which was pretty good.
Overall Impression — 10
This album is one of a kind and unique. It dosen't really compare to anything else (except maybe a godsmack album). The most impressive song is Some kind of Monster. It has awesome lyrics, great singing, and cool guitar. Plus it's the only song on the album with somewhat of a guitar solo at the beggining and end of the songs. It must have taken a lot of balls to change their style like this, and I repsect them for that. The only think I don't like about this album is the fact that it has no guitar solo's. If it did, it would be 99% better than it already is (it's a decent album, I like it).