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St. Anger CD+DVD, Explicit Lyrics

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This CD package includes a special live DVD. The performance, filmed and recorded - as Metallica likes to say - in 'shitty 5.1 sound, balls out - features the band playing all tracks in sequence from St. Anger. The idea to create such a unique offer wa

Never underestimate the regenerative powers of Metallica. Following the stripped-down Load and Re-Load, they've returned to the raw, vitriolic savagery of their earlier canon, using 1984's Ride the Lightning as a template for St. Anger. The title track provides the psychic lynchpin of the album by combining the bombast and defiance of the band's earliest high-water marks with more deliberate lyrics and emotional nakedness. Equally cathartic is "Some Kind of Monster," a lumbering beast of a song that declares, "This is the voice of silence no more." Despite that claim, there's an economy to these lyrics; James Hetfield's raw-toothed growl only occasionally punctuates the menacing soundscapes. In fact, "Dirty Windows," the standout track here, is a shimmering five-minute instrumental that's free of the baroque trappings that sometimes clutter the Metallica landscape. --Jaan Uhelszki
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Product Details

  • Audio CD (June 5, 2003)
  • Original Release Date: 2003
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: CD+DVD, Explicit Lyrics
  • Label: Elektra / Wea
  • ASIN: B00008OWZG
  • Average Customer Review: 2.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4,207 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #98,315 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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75 of 88 people found the following review helpful By S. Marth on June 5, 2003
Format: Audio CD
No, this album isn't an avante-garde Autechre-inspired IDM fest, but it's probably the closest Metallica will ever come.
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.
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558 of 694 people found the following review helpful By Fedor on June 5, 2003
Format: Audio CD
After having the evening to review my thoughts, I really just can't believe this album. I literally just don't even understand how this happened. I distinctly remember reading an interview or two regarding the release of this, and how it was supposed to be like 'Justice' and how they were going back to longer, heavier songs. I'll shamefully admit that a small part of me that was anticipating this album, hoping for an ointment to the infected wounds Metallica has left me with over the last few years.
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].
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163 of 200 people found the following review helpful By Daniel hall on November 15, 2003
Format: Audio CD
St Anger is the 'Jar Jar Binks' of metal albums.
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20 of 22 people found the following review helpful By JP on October 2, 2004
Format: Audio CD
This album was the final nail in the coffen for the once mighty metal giants. Did Kirk Hammett even play on this record? Give me a break. If you too feel cheated out of you $15, go buy the new Megadeth cd "The System Has Failed". It will satisfy your metal hunger in a way Metallica chose not to. Dave Mustaine got the last laugh. Period
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Botnik Roller on October 28, 2003
Format: Audio CD
I'd like to make a statement about some thing I've read here. Some reviews say that Metallica can mdo better. That's the trouble: they can't anymore! Their creativity, their sparking energy is gone forever (in terms of songwriting).
That's why they hired Bob Rock. Think with me for a minute: back in 1991, if Metallica really wanted to expand their sound, their creativity, reach new boundaries, would they hire a guy like Bob Rock? A HAIR METAL producer??!! No. They would go for Martin Birch, Rick Rubin, even Bruce Fairbairn. Metallica hired Bob Rock because their pool of creativity for writing majestic metal songs wwas gone forever, but they still wanted to get a lot of money, and Rock was the right guy for it.
So, when they suposedly tried to go back to metal after LOAD$ / 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.
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i actually love this album and i think st. anger is better than the black album and death magnetic
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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. :)
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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
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