Sound — 8
Well lets talk about a new abum from a little local band named Metallica (just kidding). This album is really different from other successfull albums of the famous rockers, and most of the fans didn't liked it because of that. It's defenitely not the same kind of music that they were doing 20 years ago, but the songs are still really good, in my opinion. However, the sound of the instruments are not as good as they were in the first Metallica albums (especially the snare on the drum, wich sound like a metal wastebasket).
Lyrics — 7
The lyrics on this album are okay, but I think James were much better with Lyrics when he wrote Ride The Lightning, MOP, or ...And Justice For All. Some song lyrics don't have much sens (Dirty Window, for example), but I don't bother much. Anyway, I think the lyrics are the worst parts of the album.
Overall Impression — 8
All in all, this CD is good, but very different from his older brothers (previous Metallica albums). I think it's the reason why we must not compare it to other metallica records. I think that more people would loved the album if it were not made by Metallica, because this album was not in the same style of the good old Metallica trash albums.