Sound — 8
Some people hated this album with a passion, I however, think the total opposite, its my favourite Metallica album, with "The Black Album" a close second. The album has the sound its always had, Megadeath esque thrash metal, with cleaner guitar elements, and some very well done songs "Frantic", "St Anger" examples of this, but still, by this point, Metallica lost some of its innovation that made them a great band.
Lyrics — 9
James Hetfield, continues to be a great frontman, and brings his distinctive voice into the songs, but unlike several other thrash metal groups and bands, he voice is genuinely, genuinely GOOD, the lyrics are great, proper metal lyrics with good timing to it aswell.
Overall Impression — 9
Overall its a good album, lacks some true innovation, but a brilliant album, nonetheless the obvious album to get if you had a choice, the stand out songs are "Sweet Amber", "St Anger" and, my personal favourite "Frantic", I give this an overall score of 9 nine out of 10, a very respectful score I believe.