Sound — 8
I think that the sound of "St. Anger" fits the situation that the band was in. The dark and heavy riffs, and the anger in James' voice. Overall it could not have been different. A lot of people complain about Lars' snare drum in this album, I can not hear it, really I can't, though I do agree the sound of all the instruments could have been better. I give it eight because it's great but it is a sted backwards if you listen to "Reload". The only song I didn't like was purify, its just way to basic compared to the rest of the album.
Lyrics — 9
In the old days James and Lars wrote all the lyrics, but now the whole band comes in with ideas. I think all the lyrics in this album except maybe in the song "St. Anger", he repeats himself alot in that song, James lyrics and his singing never fails to impress the the hell out of me, yes hell dwells inside of me... As you can see in the "Some Kind Of Monster" movie, James is having a hard time writing the lyrics, because of the rehab stuff, but "St. Anger" great lyrics and vocals.
Overall Impression — 9
"St. Anger" is in it's own class I will not compare it to other 'Tallica albums because of the fact it's totally different. The best songs is: Frantic Some Kind Of Monster Shoot Me Again Sweet Amber The Unnamed Feeling All Within My Hands. Or that's my opinion anyway... I love almost everything about this album, the only thing I dislike is no guitar solos. But luckily Kirk plays some when they play some of the songs live, so not complaining that much. If I lost this album I would kill to get a new one (not really kill) great album, great band.