Sound — 10
They sound like a garage band that went to one of the most expensive studios in the world and recorded an album. That not a bad thing, it just sounds like that. Lars Ulrich's snare drum really hits you the face and James Hetfield's lyrics move you, but I get into more detail later. You can't really hear the bass line in most songs, though, still not a bad thing. Metallica takes away guitar solos for a more garage band sound, which WAS a bad thing, but it still is a great sound.
Lyrics — 9
The lyrics were powerful and moving, especially the title track, "St. Anger". The lyrics deal mostly with the devil and could be one of Metallica's most underapperciated albums. It's lyrics were written by James when he was in rehab for alcholism. He talks about suicide, death, hatred, standard emo band stuff, but Metallica puts their singinture edge on every song. The lyrics are straight out of an emo's throat, but the music is out of Metallica's guitars. But still, a little more orginallity would be nice.
Overall Impression — 9
Overall, Metallica stills has their edge over all these years and this rehab-induced album is just a little bit short of a modern day masterpeice. More orginal lyrics and some more solos would make this album perfect. Sorry, James, but you just fell short of another "Black Album" but still a great album and I encourge all those who want to hear Metallica, in the purest form, to go buy this album. This is Metallica, raw and uncut, this is Metallica.