When no fewer than five albums released by a band are in contention for the #1 slot in the band's catalog, there is clearly some magic afoot. Metallica ... was no exception. Its fan base can be divided into five separate camps, each one favoring a different album (Kill, Ride, Puppets, Justice, Black).
After due deliberation, I deem Master of Puppets the best of Metallica's works (and tied w/Maiden's "Somewhere in Time" for best metal album). The tracks on here range from great (Thing That Should Not Be, Damage Inc.) to simply mind-blowing (title track, Sanitarium, Disposable Heroes, Orion). All members perform some true wizardry on their instruments (be sure to check out the Hetfield/Hammett duet on the title track, Lars's drumming on "Disposable Heroes", and Cliff's bassing on "Orion". If you fancy metal or classical music (there is quite a bit of classical influence in 80s Metallica albums), Puppets is a must-buy. If not, it is still a must-buy. You'll notice I said Metallica WAS no exception, because, um, well ... listen to St. Anger and my choice of tense will become clear :(
Well, my lunch break is over. More reviews to follow!