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#249: Metallica by Metallica

3.22.2012


Metallica by Metallica (1991)

Favorite Track(s): "Enter Sandman" and "The Unforgiven" and "Wherever I May Roam" and "The God That Failed"

Thoughts: (Pre-Listening) This is my first intentional listen to Metallica. Growing up I knew that it was angry loud music that high school boys listened to. I'm not really looking forward to this, but I got some great advice on Tuesday night that I needed to get into the mind-set of an angry young man in the Midwest, trapped in dead end town at a dead end job. Yet when I think of that imagery, I think of Bruce Springsteen. Which means I'm probably not thinking 'angry' enough?

(Post-Listening) This album was much more listenable than I thought it would be. But I have a horrible confession to make (well, some will consider it horrible): the singing often reminded me of...Nickelback. And in a song like "Of Wolf and Man" there are spoken lyrics like "I feel I change/back to a better day/hair stands on the back of my neck/in wildness is the preservation of the world/so seek the wolf in thyself" etc. and instead of when it's done in Jim Steinman songs in a creepy, campy, dramatic Rocky Horror way, this felt actually earnest and like "Yeah, turn into a wolf! Hardcore, man!" I don't know, it just seemed underwhelming.

I guess I just have a hard time seeing why this is album is so amazing that it's at 249? Give me Led Zeppelin or Black Sabbath or Deep Purple over this any day. Oh, well.

Is This Better Than Help!?: Not to me.

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