4 Good album..spooky69 | 18/09/2008 | See all spooky69's reviews (54)..and a fairly consistant one.for me whats great about Metallica is that they have never stuck to a tried and tested formula..although they came close on "BLACK,LOAD and RELOAD" and if Bob Rock had stayed on board much longer who knows what we might have got this time!!Personally their weakest stuff for me was around the Load - Re Load albums when they started to veer down the southern rock trail. I hardly play the "Black" album too , for me i found it got a bit boring after a few listens , and theres a couple of songs on that I can't even listen to now, I missed the progressive song structures that preceded it on "R.T.L , M.O.P and Justice for all". Maybe I am in the minority but personally I didnt mind "St Anger ", Yes some of the songs could have been shortened a bit, yes it could have done with some Kirk Hammett solos and Lars drum sound takes a bit of getting used to, ( although I remember people complaining about the drum sound on Justice back in 88) but i commend them for drastically changing direction again when they could have stuck to the formula that sold them the most records!Which brings me to this album which i find the best way to describe as being everything that has been good about Metallica wrapped up in one package, sure it's far from perfect, they could have cut it down to 8 songs not 10..I dont think the first 2 songs are their strongest and I find it slightly overlong. a lot of this reminds me of "And Justice for all",mixed in with the "Black" album.The second half of "The day that never comes" harks back to "One" and it's nice to see them attempt another long instrumental and for the most part manage to pull it off."My Apocalypse" is reminiscent of "Damage inc" which is a good thing as it's been a while since they wrote a decent thrashy number. Hopefully James's voice holds out for the next album cos it sounded a bit fragile on Jools Holland the other night, but on this album if they packed it all in tomorrow then at least they left us on a high note.