I’ve been listening to the new Metallica album for the last couple of weeks now and I can confidently say St. Anger is my least favorite studio album ever. It’s so bad, it actually makes Load and REloaded much better albums and a lot more enjoyable to listen to again.
I really don’t know what to say. Yeah, it’s harder, but that doesn’t mean it’s good. The lyric are down right sloppy and poorly thought out. James’ voice is showing its age. Bob Rock needs to be shot for producing such a poor quality album. No, I mean “poor quality” literally which is quite a surprise considering he did the very tightly, well produced “black album”. The voice tracks are leveled so much higher than the other tracks and the guitars sound very scratchy and rough. I think they were going for that feel of “rawness”, but it ultimately comes out sounding like a quick and dirty rehearsal. Absolutely terrible.
The only good I’ve found so far in St. Anger is that it’s made me re-visit all of my older Metallica albums which is easily some of the greatest music ever put together. It’s just too bad St. Anger can’t and wont be thrown into that class.