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
I bought it because I love Metallicas old stuff so much, i just want to have everything they ever put out.Published 10 days ago by SamHain
I bought it and tried to find a song that I liked. I couldn't find one. I watched the movie Some Kind Of Monster and saw where the music came from. Read morePublished 11 days ago by Stanley Chong
This album was just so damn *dull* - It felt like it was just one monotonous tone through the whole thing. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Grampa Caligula
Feels like Metallica but for reasons I can't put my finger on, not as impressed with some of their other albums. Still worth a listen to.Published 1 month ago by brian d. bouvier
Even though this album garners a ton of hate, I feel that it is unneeded. Even though this isn't the greatest Metallica album, it's one of their better ones. Why do I say this? Read morePublished 2 months ago by Josh
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 3 months 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 4 months ago by HuskyD