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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Blue Metallica
Much like the deeply underrated Load - Reload is or rather was, a new incarnation of Metallica, a dark, bluesy and polished beast. Gone are the Lovecraftian lyrics and long hair but the experimental Metallica still remains. Carpe Diem Baby and Slither have some serious (slow and grinding) metal riffs and Where The Wild Things Are is infused with great melody and...
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3.0 out of 5 stars Good in parts
This album met with a huge amount of derision on it's release back in good old 1997 - seems like so long ago now. Looking back now, a lot of the criticism the record came in for was over the top. Most of it was based on the fact that Metallica had 'sold out'. This is surely nonsense as this record sold far less than those preceeding it. It would have been far safer for...
Published on 11 July 2005 by Nicko


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4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars, 8 July 2014
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Everything was well done
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5.0 out of 5 stars Reload, 29 July 2013
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Present for nephew who is a drummer in a local band. He is into this sort of music, and loves it.
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4.0 out of 5 stars If you like Metallica you can't go too wrong with Reload., 23 Nov 2012
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This album among few seem to be very "marmite" to say the very least. But Reload, for me personally holds some great tracks.
Nothing puts me in a better mood than hearing "Fuel" full blast. Not the greatest album, but certainly not the worst!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Open mind, 17 Jan 2006
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Speaking for myself I far prefer 'short hair/face furniture' Metallica to long-haired grebo Metallica, which is probably the converse for 90% of fans. I'm not a huge fan of over complex time signatures and excessive widdling and found too much of this on '...and justice for all' and 'Ride the lighting'. Because they ditched all this in favour of a more stripped down and accessible sound, rather too many 'fans' got unnecessarily wound up by this. Then again they would've got on their case if Metallica stuck rigidly to the same formula of the early albums.
Anyway, IMO this a quality hard rock album. Not quite as good as the black album, on a par with 'Load' and still way ahead of most hard rock and metal releases of the last 20 years. A couple of the slower tracks are a tad mediocre but the rockers here all hit the mark particularly 'Fuel'.
So, I say ignore all the tosh unfavourably comparing the black album onward period to the earlier stuff and be open minded.
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4.0 out of 5 stars natural progression, 27 July 2000
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Metallica are naturally evolving,every album adds a different string to their bow.Although it will lose them fans from their earlier days,albums like this will draw a larger audience in the long run.Favourite tracks 'carpe diem baby,where the wild things are,prince charming'. ENJOY
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4.0 out of 5 stars Contains the best rock balad of the 90's, 26 Jan 2001
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Apart from many other good tracks, this album contains what I consider to be THE rock balad of the 90's - Unforgiven II. I don't care about the hype or what the purists might say, it is simply a brilliant track.
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Get over it!!!, 20 Jan 2004
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This album is good. Full stop. Their old records are amazing and just because they have gone for a different sound for the 'loads' doesn't mean this is shite. Who was it that said "Fuel i must admit is rather good"? Its bloody brilliant as are most of the tracks on this album. If the other reviews are putting you off with their 2 star ratings, ignore them and scroll to the next review. BUY IT!!!!!!!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good for any other band but this is metallica!, 24 Nov 2001
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The first 4 songs on this album are easily the best on the album. They are what make this album worth while and if the other songs were this good it would be an instant classic. Only they aren't! All the songs on the album are slow apart from fuel, that doesn't mean they are bad though. The songs seem to have a country sound to them and the guitar solos don't stand out enough, they aren't loud enough or fast enough. Although they are still there they seem to be hidden behind lyrics and slower guitar.
All of metallica's albums had themes, apart from load, reload, metallica, and kill 'em all. So well that leaves 3 but arguably their 3 best. Ride the lightning had the theme of death, master of puppets, it was the theme of control and domination, and, and justice for all had the theme of justice - so the lyrics in these albums meant more, in Load and Re-load the lyrics seem a bit meaningless and they aren't so strong, IN MOST SONGS, there are exceptions.
This album has the same sound to it as Load and that is because they were originally to be released as a double album. I prefer this album to load only because of the first 4 songs.
Metallica's older stuff was their best.
Kill 'em all - heavy fast and wild great guitar
Ride the lightning - better lyrics more technical and polished sounding, again fast great guitar, much improved vocals
master of puppets - fast again great solos, and lyrics, good vocals, 1 or 2 slower songs
and justice for all - angry, very technical, great guitar, vocals are dryer
metallica - divides the new and the old with one great mixture, it still has the guitar solos in every song, they are slightly slower most times, best vocals, mixture of fast and slower songs.
Load + ReLoad - good vocals, poor solos, country sound, slow, DULLER!
These last 2 albums seem to have a lot of filler songs and only a few real good ones which is very unlike metallica. they should have stuck to their older style which they were best at or perhaps just have released the best songs of these 2 albums to make one very good album instead of 2 ok albums.
The songs on these albums are good, don't get wrong. They would be good for any other band but not what i've come to expect of metallica.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Love it!!, 2 Sep 2014
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I love this phase of Metallica. Heavy, bassy riffs are right up my street. This and 'Load' are my favourite albums of theirs, not a popular viewpoint among 'tallica fans.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Not the greatest, but great, 30 Jun 2001
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Great album, my first Metallica album. This got me hooked on them and now I love the older stuff as well as this. It's basically Metallica maturing as song writers and musicians, but the new track I Disappear rubishes that they start "slowing down" after this. This may not be the most agressive of albums but it's got some of the best riffs and songs ever, Fuel and Unforgiven 2 make this album a stunner.
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