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].
That's why they hired Bob Rock. Think with me for a minute: back in 1991, if Metallica really wanted to expand their sound, their creativity, reach new boundaries, would they hire a guy like Bob Rock? A HAIR METAL producer??!! No. They would go for Martin Birch, Rick Rubin, even Bruce Fairbairn. Metallica hired Bob Rock because their pool of creativity for writing majestic metal songs wwas gone forever, but they still wanted to get a lot of money, and Rock was the right guy for it.
So, when they suposedly tried to go back to metal after LOAD$ / RELOAD$, they could not do it anymore. Thanks to more than a decade with Bob Rock, they lost their edge. The result was the "ugliest" album I've ever heard, real junk, annoying, a backstab in their fans, a clear case of "No matter the sh..t we release, they will but it." Nothing more than that.
Hetfield and LArs became monsters of arrogance, of greedy and disrespect, and also became music executive's puppets. Tne onley reedeming quality of this band was to open the MTV market to metal, but even that backfired, because the space was occupied by nu-metal and the likes of Korn, Slipknot, whatever...
ST. ANGER is simply horrible.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
No, no, no, no, no, no, absolutely no. Released over 12 years ago, I've noticed that music journalists and such nowadays are attempting to rehabilitate this disaster, using phrases... Read morePublished 12 days ago by Ole-Martin
What is this crap? I bet 5 year old kids could play metal better than this. What happen with the guys here? Did they not get their allowance? Read morePublished 1 month ago by the musicreview2
St. Anger is a fascinating mess. It's brutal, it's terribly produced and it's real. Those conflicting thoughts plague this album and it's undoubtably the most polarizing album in... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Lunar Boulevard
this is an awesome rock album. for all the bands doing this type of metal rock, I believe Metallica sets the bar higher. Metallica does rock better than any other bad!Published 2 months ago by Pablo
My favorite Metallica album. I don't know why so many people can't stand it. I think it's great.Published 3 months ago by David Lilly
At first, it sounded awful. But as I gained more knowledge about music and the writing process, I learned to love it! Read morePublished 5 months ago by Steven
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|For People Who Think St Anger Is Underrated||
i actually love this album and i think st. anger is better than the black album and death magnetic
Nov 11, 2013 by MechanicalAnimal1 | See all 3 posts
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It's ironic, really. The band's worst album is actually the one with the most reviews. But if you mean any other Metallica CD with more reviews, here on Amazon, the answer is no. But try Pink Floyd's "The Wall" for a lot of reviews. :)
Nov 28, 2008 by Sea Sorceress | See all 3 posts
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METALLICA are the biggest baddest rock animal on the planet. with that they can do anything they want musically. because of that they will always have more detractors than most other bands have fans.
Dec 13, 2009 by MRT | See all 4 posts
|Metallica: What happened? Can they ever come back?||
You mean Risk That was the awful release of Megadeth. Not Cryptic Writings.
Oct 1, 2008 by Danny (metal guy) | See all 14 posts
|Will Metallica do the right thing and hang it up?||
My friend,I too was a loyal fan who felt the sublime letdown. Heres a few slabs that will make you feel better: the new Slayer, anything by Megadeth,the haunted, Kreator,or even Flotsam and Jetsam. Metallica's dead. Even Rick Rubin cant revive that bloated beast. Oh,get the new Iron Maiden,or the... Read More
Sep 5, 2006 by Mark A. Derasmo | See all 15 posts