St. Anger CD+DVD, Explicit Lyrics
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When my friend asked me today how St. Anger is, my first response was "F----in' weird...but really great." Then I thought about it, and it hit me--St. Anger is, with the exception of Radiohead's Kid A from a couple years ago, probably the strangest, most experimental and unexpected album to come from a multi-million selling act in the last decade (or more).
I had read many reviews and responses to the album before I heard it, and they all said basically the same thing: "Heavy, fast, complex, dirty, grimy, a return to the trashing Metallica of old." That's only partially true. It's heavy, it's complex, it's DEFINITELY dirty and grimy.
But what I never read from anyone's review was the pure WEIRDNESS of it all. You have the country-inflected vocal harmonies shoved in the middle of the goliath "Frantic", the half-dead lead guitar sound at the beginning of "Some Kind Of Monster," the almost Moog sounding octaving guitar on the chorus (?) of "Sweet Amber," the double-time drumming and half-time singing on the verses (?) of "All Within My Hands," the simply indescribable vocal stylings in the bridge (?) of "The Unnamed Feeling" -- the list goes on. This is Metallica at their most experimental.
Most shocking of everything on the disc, however, is the recording quality (or lack thereof). Who would've thought that the band who gave us the pristine sounds of Load and the Black Album could give us this album that could easily be described as "Lo fi"? It took me a song or two to get used to, but after sitting through the whole disc, it all made sense.Read more ›
I literally can't get past the first song, each time expecting it to sound better than it did the last time I heard it.
It sounds like this whole album was recorded in two hours in someone's basement. I wasn't the biggest fan of the black album, and I didn't even bother with Load, but at least the production was good.
I'm literally stunned at how noone at any point in the recording process spoke up to mention that the music on St. Anger sounds like a train wreck.
The songs are terrible and make no sense, the lyrics are redundant and pointless, the playing is sloppy and occasionally off time with itself, Hetfield's voice sounds AWFUL, and most importantly, I feel like something is wrong with my speakers when I listen to it, because the production and mixing are all noisy and messed up.
I'm disappointed that the lowest rating Amazon has is 1 Star, because the assumption with one star is that there is something of any value on this album at all, which there is not. There really should be a "zero star" rating, or even "negative star" ratings for albums like this, which rise above and beyond simply being poorly written, but are also poorly executed as well.
Metallica doesn't have to worry about this album being pirated at all. This album [stinks].
Bottom line - some say this is for 'Metallica fans only'. Translated - charity. Give 15 bucks to some starving kid with flys on his face before you give these rich old metal masters pension money! Maybe this will send a message to our heroes - Get out a do the kick-a CD that we KNOW you have in you!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
It's a 4 star album, but I'll give it 5 to offset the ridiculous 1 star ratings. It's way closer to a 5 than a 1. Read morePublished 7 days ago by speedythecat
Awful production? Check. Lack of guitar solos? Check. Hetfield's dumbest lyrics ever? Check. Worst collection of Metallica songs ever? Check.
Ugh. This is seriously bad. Read more
I feel this album is terribly underrated. If I had to choose between Death Magnetic and this, I would go with St. Anger all the way. Read morePublished 1 month ago by HuskyD
This album should be buried somewhere, forever forgotten, and not available to the public for sale. God damn Korn and those other Nu Metal bands for influencing them.Published 2 months ago by Mr Audiophile
Universally recognized as Metallica's weakest release and I would have to agree. Listening to cats breed is more pleasurable than listening to this album. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Big JT
I don't think this album is really that bad, I enjoyed the songs and it is pretty heavy, and fast. I first bought this CD release day at Target, and it was completely scratched... Read morePublished 3 months ago by lschneider